Yuhai Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

​My research interests involve the synthesis and characterization of various nanomaterials, including lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles, quantum dots, noble metal nanocrystals and magnetic particles.

Selected Publications

  • Subwavelength Imaging Through Ion-Beam-Induced Upconversion
    Mi, Z., Zhang, Y. (co-first-author), Vanga, S., Chen, C., Tan, H., Watt, F., Liu, X., Bettiol, A. A.
    Nature Communications, 6, (2015)
  • Multicolor Barcoding in a Single Upconversion Crystal
    Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Deng, R., Tian, J., Zong, Y., Jin, D., Liu, X
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 4893, (2014)
  • Unraveling Epitaxial Habits in NaLnF4 System for Color Multiplexing at the Single-Particle Level
    Zhang, Y., Huang, L., Liu, X
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2016)
  • Nanocrystals: Shining a Light on Upconversion
    Zhang, Y., and Liu, X
    Nature Nanotechnology, 8, 702, (2013) (This is a research highlight for our collaborator)
  • Thermal Scanning at Cellular Level by an Optically Trapped Upconverting Fluorescent Particle
    Rodriguez-Sevilla, P., Zhang, Y., Haro-Gonzalez, P., Sanz-Rodriguez, F., Jaque, F., Sole, J. G., Liu, X., and Jaque, D
    Advanced Materials, in press, (2015)


  • 2011 - 2015: PhD. in Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professional Profile

  • ​2015 - present: Postdoctoral Fellow, SPERC, KAUST, Saudi Arabia


  • ​2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad

KAUST Affiliations

● Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center (SPERC)

● Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Nanomaterials Semiconductor quantum dots Spectroscopic and Microscopic imaging system