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Nan Zhang

Assistant Professor/Lecturer (UCD)

Principal Investigator 

Founder of MiNAN Technologies

My research areas include precision fabrication of plastic microfluidic and their applications towards nanomedicine and molecular diagnostics, functional surfaces and polymeric miniatured medical devices, Atomic and close-to-atomic scale manufacturing.

 

My research vision is to focus on biomedical applications, but relies on developing advanced manufacturing technologies from micro scale to nano and atomic scale to critical challenges for emerging medical product development.

 

I am encouraging interdisciplinary thinking and high degree concentration on  emerging problems with novel solutions. We welcome all kinds of collaborations relevant to my research.

CURRENT MEMBERS

HENGJI CONG

Postdoc Researcher (2020-present)

Hengji obtained his bachelor degree in Information Engineering from Nanjing University and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research is focused on molecular diagnosis with microfluidics, as well as optical and thermal tweezers. 

YUYUANG ZHOU

Postdoc Researcher (2020-present)

Dr Zhou is currently working as a research engineer in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He received his PhD degree in textile chemistry and dyeing&finishing engineering from Soochow University (China) in 2018. He studied at University of Borås (Sweden) during 2017-2018 and worked as a postdoc researcher at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China) during 2019-2020. He has 16 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 10), 1 book chapter and 3 granted patents. His research interests include functional materials, nanotechnology, green chemistry and sustainable production.

HAOYANG ZHANG

PhD Student (2016-present)

Joint supervisory with Prof. Fang

"I am currently working on microinjection moulding, precision injection moulding, micro hot embossing,  freeform optics fabrication, and theirs applications on medical devices."

HONGGANG ZHANG

PhD Student (2017-present)

Joint supervisory with Prof. Fang

"My research interests include: micro/nano electroforming, Nano composite coating, UV-lithography process development. Application areas: Microfludics, Optics, Functional surfaces."

TIANYU GUAN

Master Gratuate (2016-2018). PhD Student (2020-present)

"I was a master student in Dr Zhang's group, and I was working on precision injection moulding of microfluidic devices and back end process development.

I started my PhD study this year in September 2020."

XIANGYU Wang

PhD Student (2020-present)

Xiangyu Wang was born in 1998 and grew up in Jinan, Shandong, China. He received his B.S. from Jilin University. While there, he worked with Prof. Wenke Zhang to develop nano drug carriers by Elastin-Like Polypeptide. Before this, he worked with Prof. Wenfu Yan on inorganic synthesis. Xiangyu joined Dr. Nan Zhang’s group in 2020, and mainly focused on nanoparticle synthesis. Outside of the lab, Xiangyu enjoys basketball, swimming, movies and PC games.

DOUGLAS CARTON

Master Student (2019-present)

"I am a recent master's mechanical engineering graduate from UCD currently working as a research assistant with Prof. Zhang on a Covid-related project. Last year in 2019, I worked with Prof. Zhang on microfluidic chip bonding and the development of a microfluidic nanoparticle synthesis device for my master's project. I hope to continue that work as postgraduate research after the conclusion of the covid project in February." 

FORMER MEMBERS

Jing Zhang

Postdoc Researcher (2019-2020)

"My research mainly focused on polymer chemistry and microfluidic nanoparticle synthesis. In specific, through the elegant chip design and integration of diverse polymeric nanoparticles, materials with optimized components and structures were constructed towards uses of specific functions such as therapeutic and optics. Related achievements have been published in comprehensive journals including Nano. Lett., Mater. Horiz., Adv. Funct. Mater., Chem. Mater.,J. Mater. Chem. A, Chem. Commun.etc.and also highlighted by Atlas of Science."

Amat Alvarez Max 

Internship (2019-2020)

"I am a student of engineering in industrial technologies in Barcelona, and between my third and fourth year of studies I collaborate in the projects of Dr. Zhang. My job is to develop new geometries and mechanisms for different areas of research and innovation. Additionally I have done a brief introduction in the area of polymer nanostructure replication. I hope to put my knowledge into practice and learn more, contributing as much as possible in the time I am in the UCD School of Engineering and Materials Science."

Weiwei Sun

Research Assistant (2019-2020)

"I am working in Nan's group as a Software Engineer. My work duties include software platform development, hardware integration and experimental platform setting. "

Lin Lin

Research Assistant (2019-2020)

"I worked in Nan's group as a System Appearance Designer. I was responsible for software platform user interface design and integration."

Ajith Manoharan

Master​ Student and Research Assistant (2018-2020)

"I worked in Nan's group during 2018-2020, firstly as his Master student and then a research assistant. My work is to accomplish the mechanical design for the experimetnal system, my duties include mechanical structure design & prototyping, sensor & controller  instrumentation, SolidWorks, actuation (PiezoDrive) and force sensor integration."

Anu S. S. Pillai

Master​ Student (2018-2019)

"I am interested in different parts of science and technology, I am always inspired by the recent development in both fields. I like to spend more times for reading thesis in Google Scholar and trying to do new things in my current working project. I would like to work in surface coatings of different materials like metals, polymers, ceramics, developing different nanoparticles with outstanding properties and I like to spent time for developing a compactable design for medical device."

Jingzhi Fan

Master​ Student (2018-2019)

"I am a Master student in UCD major in Materials Science and Engineering. My background is mostly about biomedical implants and I have quite a little experience in laboratories with polymer coating, crosslinking cryogel, and biodegradable stents. I am now working on a project about stents in Nan's group. I like all kinds of sports and always have curiosity to new things."

Lorcan O'Toole

B.Eng. (2016-2018)

Lorcan’s project on “The characterisation of the heat transfer coefficient between polymer melt and mould cavity during micro injection moulding experiments” is a keen research area for micro and nano scale manufacturing and replication as micro injection moulding is an extremely versatile and efficient processing method of polymeric components with micro features. 

Dudu Geng

Master​ Student (2016-2018)

"My background was initially in metallic materials, especially in welding. I studied the effects of welding crack defects for nearly two years in China before coming to Ireland.
I decided to come here to study as I wanted to learn some other aspects in materials science and obviously, UCD was my preference. One reason for this is that it offers an incredibly broad curriculum, from start-of-the-art medical device technology to the materials science behind nanomaterials like graphene. Wherever your interests lie, this programme will give you a broad yet detailed understanding of materials science and its engineering applications.
More importantly, through this one-year programme you will learn how to work and get
along with people from different backgrounds which will give you new perspectives on how to tackle problems and build your teamwork ability as well as leadership."

Jingchuan Zhang

Master​ Student (2016-2018)

Thesis Title: Continuous-flow sorting of protein corona using magnetic system in a microfluidics device.

"I graduated form UCD in 2017, now I’m an Engineer in a Biomedical Company. My main interests include biomaterials and medical devices. It has been an honor for me to have the opportunity to work in Dr Nan Zhang’s lab. And learn from so many experienced teachers and technicians. Wherever your interests lie, he will give you a broad yet detailed understanding of materials science and its engineering applications."

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Centre of Micro/Nano Manufacturing Technology (MNMT-Dublin) 

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

University College Dublin,

Belfield Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland