» Professional appointment

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2017- present (Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic)

» Education

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), 2017 (Advisor: Steve Granick)

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2011

» Honors & Awards

1. Best presentation of 2018, Graduate Simulations Seminar Series (UCSB Chemical Engineering GScubed, 2018)

2. GSNP student speaker award finalist (American Physical Society, 2017)

3. ICAM travel fellowship for Xiamen Forum on Soft Matter (ICAM, 2016)

4. Padden Award finalist (American Physical Society, 2015)

5. NSF fellowship for Boulder Summer School (NSF, 2015)

6. Nikon Small World image contest winner (Nikon, 2015)

7. Racheff-Intel Award finalist (UIUC, 2015)

8. Yee Memorial Fellowship (UIUC, 2012)

9. GuoMoRuo scholarship (USTC, 2010)

10. Outstanding Student Scholarship (USTC, 2009)

11. National Scholarship (Chinese Ministry of Education, 2008)

» Publications

1. Zhang, J. *; Alert, R. *; Yan, J.; Wingreen, N.; Granick, S. “Active Phase Separation by Turning to the Crowd.” Nat. Phys., under review (

2. Zhang, J.; Luijten, E.; Granick, S. “Active Colloids with Collective Mobility: Status and Research Opportunities.” Chem. Soc. Rev., 46, 5551(2017) (back cover)

3. Zhang, J.; Granick, S. “Janus Particle Synthesis, Assembly and Application.” Langmuir, 33, 6964 (2017)

4. Yan, J.*; Han, M. *; Zhang, J.; Xu, C.; Luijten, E.; Granick, S. “Reconfiguring Active Particles by Electrostatic Imbalance.” Nat. Mater., 15, 1095 (2016)

5. Zhang, J.; Yan, J.; Granick, S. “Directed Self-Assembly Pathways of Active Colloidal Clusters.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 128, 5252 (2016)

6. Zhang, J.; Granick, S. “Natural Selection in the Colloid World: Active Chiral Spirals.” Faraday Discuss., 191, 35 (2016)

7. Long, A.; Zhang, J.; Granick, S.; Ferguson, A. “Machine Learning Assembly Landscapes from Particle Tracking Data.” Soft Matter, 11, 8141 (2015)

8. Zhang, J.; Luijten, E.; Granick, S. “Towards Design Rules of Directional Janus Colloid Assembly.” Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem., 66, 581(2015)

9. Yu, C.; Zhang, J.; Granick, S. “Selective Janus Particle Assembly at Tipping Points of Thermally- Switched Wetting.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53, 4364 (2014)

10. Yu, C.; Zhang, J.; Granick, S. “Printing with Magnets.” Nat. Mater., 13, 8 (2014)

11. Chen, Q.; Yan, J.; Zhang, J.; Bae, S.; Granick, S. “Janus and Multiblock Colloidal Particles.” Langmuir (feature article), 18, 13555 (2012)

12. Zhang, J.; Yan, J.; Granick, S. “Self-organization and Turbulence in Active Colloidal Polymer.” In preparation.

13. Zhang, J.; Granick, S. “Effective Interaction of Active Colloids in Passive Bath ” In preparation.

14. Zhang, J.; Ray, S.; Chen, P.; Dogic, Z. “Probing the Mechanical Property of Active Nematic by Magnetic Rods” In preparation.

» Invited & Contributed talks

  1. Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, 2019 (Invited)

  2. Department of Materials Science, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), 2019 (Invited)

  3. Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, 2019 (Invited)

  4. Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, 2019 (Invited)

  5. Graduate Simulation Seminar Series, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018 (Invited)

  6. Soft/Bio Seminar, Materials Research Laboratory, 2018, Santa Barbara, CA (Invited)

  7. APS March Meeting, 2018, Los Angeles, CA

  8. School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, 2017, Guangzhou, China (Invited)

  9. The 10th National Conference on Soft Matter and Biophysics, 2017, Xiamen, China (Invited)

  10. APS March Meeting, 2017, New Orleans, LA

  11. Biointerfaces institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2017, MI (Invited)

  12. Department of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2017, Pasadena, CA (Invited)

  13. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017, CA (Invited)

  14. Department of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego, 2017, CA (Invited)

  15. Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, 2017, CA (Invited)

  16. GRC in Complex Active & Adaptive Material Systems, 2017, Ventura, CA

  17. Xiamen Forum on Soft Matter, 2016, Xiamen, China

  18. LASSP special seminar, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Invited)

  19. Department of Molecular and Cellular biology, Harvard University, 2016, Boston, MA (Invited)

  20. APS March Meeting, 2016, Baltimore, MD

  21. Gordon Research Seminar on Soft Condensed Matter Physics, 2015, New London, NH (Invited)

  22. APS March Meeting, 2015, San Antonio, TX

  23. Gordon Research Conference in Granular and Granular-Fluid Flow, 2014, Easton, MA

  24. ACS Surface & Colloids Symposium, 2014, Pennsylvania, PA

  25. APS March Meeting, 2014, Denver, CO

  26. APS March Meeting, 2013, Baltimore, MD

  27. APS March Meeting, 2012, Boston, MA