Dr. Hefeng Zhang, (2012-2015)

Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral; Georgia institute of technology

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of polyethylene-based (co)polymers with well-defined complex architectures by combining polyhomologation with other living polymerization techniques such as anionic polymerization, ring opening (metathesis) polymerization etc.
  • Synthesis of well-defined complex conjugated polymers by anionic polymerization

Selected Publications

  • Well-defined polyethylene molecular brushes by polyhomologation and ring opening metathesis polymerization
    H. Zhang, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Polymer Chemistry, Advance Article, (2014)

  • Polymethylene-based copolymers by polyhomologation or by its combination with controlled/Living and living polymerizations
    H. Zhang, N. Alkayal, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Vol. 35, Issue 4, 378-390, (2013)
  • Anionic polymerization and polyhomologation: an ideal combination to synthesize polyethylene-based block copolymers
    H. Zhang, N. Alkayal, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Chemical Communications, Vol. 49, Issue 79, 8952-8954, (2013)
  • Easy synthesis of dendrimer-like polymers through a divergent iterative “end-grafting” method
    H. Zhang, J. Zhu, J. He, F. Qiu, H. Zhang, Y. Yang, H. Lee, T. Chang
    Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 4, Issue 3, 830-839, (2013)

  • Continuous process for the synthesis of dendrimer-like star polymers by anionic polymerization
    H. Zhang, J. He, C. Zhang, Z. Ju, J. Li, Y. Yang
    Macromolecules, Vol. 45, Issue 2, 828-841, (2012)

  • Education

    • PhD, Polymer chemistry and physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2012
    • MSc., Polymer chemistry and physics, HenanUniversity, Kaifeng, China, 2008
    • BSc., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Henan University, Kaifeng, China, 2005

    Professional Profile

    October 2012 - Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

    KAUST Affiliations

    KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

    Non-KAUST Affiliations

    Georgia institute of technology