Faculty Profiles

Peng Zhang
Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry
5313 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 660-1675
(919) 660-1605



Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics, Harvard University 2005 - 2011

Ph.D., Emory University 2005

M.S., Peking University (China) 1999

B.S., Zhengzhou University (China) 1996

Research Areas:
Theoretical, Physical

Ma, Z, Antoniou, P, Zhang, P, Skourtis, SS, and Beratan, DN. "A Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics Study of Infrared Perturbed Electron Transfer." Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 14.9 (September 2018): 4818-4832. Full Text

Peters, JW, Beratan, DN, Bothner, B, Dyer, RB, Harwood, CS, Heiden, ZM, Hille, R, Jones, AK, King, PW, Lu, Y, Lubner, CE, Minteer, SD, Mulder, DW, Raugei, S, Schut, GJ, Seefeldt, LC, Tokmina-Lukaszewska, M, Zadvornyy, OA, Zhang, P, and Adams, MW. "A new era for electron bifurcation." Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 47 (August 2018): 32-38. (Review) Full Text

Sha, R, Xiang, L, Liu, C, Balaeff, A, Zhang, Y, Zhang, P, Li, Y, Beratan, DN, Tao, N, and Seeman, NC. "Charge splitters and charge transport junctions based on guanine quadruplexes." Nature Nanotechnology 13.4 (April 2018): 316-321. Full Text

Liu, R, Bloom, BP, Waldeck, DH, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "Improving Solar Cell Performance Using Quantum Dot Triad Charge-Separation Engines." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122.11 (March 22, 2018): 5924-5934. Full Text

Yang, B, Zhang, P, Qu, C, Wang, XH, Stancil, PC, Bowman, JM, Balakrishnan, N, McLaughlin, BM, and Forrey, RC. "Full-Dimensional Quantum Dynamics of SiO in Collision with H2." The Journal of Physical Chemistry. A 122.6 (February 6, 2018): 1511-1520. Full Text

Ma, Z, Lin, Z, Lawrence, C, Rubtsov, IV, Antoniou, P, Skourtis, SS, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "How can infra-red excitation both accelerate and slow charge transfer in the same molecule?." Chemical Science (2018). Full Text

Zhang, P, Yuly, JL, Lubner, CE, Mulder, DW, King, PW, Peters, JW, and Beratan, DN. "Electron Bifurcation: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Two-Electron Brokering in Biological Redox Chemistry." Accounts of Chemical Research 50.9 (September 6, 2017): 2410-2417. Full Text

Bai, Y, Rawson, J, Roget, SA, Olivier, J-H, Lin, J, Zhang, P, Beratan, DN, and Therien, MJ. "Controlling the excited-state dynamics of low band gap, near-infrared absorbers via proquinoidal unit electronic structural modulation." Chemical Science 8.9 (September 2017): 5889-5901. Full Text

Liu, R, Bloom, BP, Waldeck, DH, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "Controlling the Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Quantum-Dot Assemblies." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121.27 (July 13, 2017): 14401-14412. Full Text

Beall, E, Ulku, S, Liu, C, Wierzbinski, E, Zhang, Y, Bae, Y, Zhang, P, Achim, C, Beratan, DN, and Waldeck, DH. "Effects of the Backbone and Chemical Linker on the Molecular Conductance of Nucleic Acid Duplexes." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.19 (May 2017): 6726-6735. Full Text


Liu, C, Zhang, Y, Zhang, P, and Beratan, D. "Engineering nanometer-scale coherence in soft matter.": AMER CHEMICAL SOC, March 13, 2016.

Rupakheti, C, Al-Saadon, R, Zhang, P, Virshup, A, Beratan, D, and Yang, W. "Development of property-biased diversity-oriented molecular libraries: Applications to organic light emitting diodes.": AMER CHEMICAL SOC, August 16, 2015.

Yue, Y, Grusenmeyer, T, Zheng, M, Zhang, P, Schmehl, R, Beratan, D, and Rubtsov, I. "Electron transfer rate modulation in a compact Re(I) donor-acceptor complex." March 22, 2015.

Lin, J, Migliore, A, Skourtis, SS, Virshup, A, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "Addressing solar energy design and optimization challenges with theory." August 10, 2014.

Tscherbul, TV, Zhang, P, Sadeghpour, HR, and Dalgarno, A. "Collision-induced spin exchange of alkali-metal atoms with 3 He." November 1, 2009. Full Text

Ru, X, Zhang, P, and Beratan, D. "Theoretical studies of cytochrome c peroxidase - cytochrome c electron transfer: The role of tryptophan." 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) - Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water. March 18, 2018 - March 22, 2018. New Orleans, LA.: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, March 18, 2018.