Selected publications 



Vijayan AN, Refaei MA, Silva RN, Tsang P, and Zhang P. Detection of Sortase A and identification of its inhibitors by paramagnetic nanoparticle-assisted nuclear relaxation. Analytical Chemistry. 2021, 93, 46, 15430-15437. PMID: 34757710. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c03271.
Barker N*, Taylor S, Ferguson E, Krause J, Oliver A, Connick W, Zhang P*. Water’s role in polymorphic Platinum(II) complexes. Inorganic Chemistry. 2021, 60, 19, 14731–14743. PMID: 34547205. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c01868.
Smith ME, Rose, DP, Cui X, Stastny AL, Zhang P*, Heineman WR*. A novel and wearable visual hydrogen sensor for monitoring Magnesium implant biodegradation. Analytical Chemistry. 2021, 93, 30, 10487–10494. PMID: 34279086. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c01276.



Smith ME, Stastny AL, Lynch J, Yu Z, Zhang P*, Heineman WR*. Indicator dyes and catalytic nanoparticles for irreversible visual hydrogen sensing. Analytical Chemistry. 2020, 92, 15, 10651–10658. PMID: 32628465. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c01769.

Yu Z, Grasso MF, Cui X, Silva RN, Zhang P*. Sensitive and label-free SERS detection of single-stranded DNA assisted by silver nanoparticles and gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles. ACS Applied Bio Materials. 2020, 3, 5, 2626-2632. DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.9b01218.

Vijayan AN, Liu, Z, Zhao H, Zhang P*. Nicking enzyme-assisted signal-amplifiable Hg2+ detection using upconversion nanoparticles. Anal Chim Acta. 2019, 1072:75-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.05.001. PMID: 31146867; PMCID: PMC6546430.

Yu Z, Grasso MF, Sorensen HH, Zhang P*. Ratiometric SERS detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil assisted by β-cyclodextrin modified Au nanoparticles. Microchim Acta. 2019, 186:391-398. DOI: 10.1007/s00604-019-3511-9. PMID: 31152234.

Silva RN, Vijayan AN, Westbrook E, Yu Z, Zhang P*. Nanoparticle assisted nuclear relaxation-based oligonucleotide detection. Anal Chim Acta. 2019, 1062:118-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.02.029. PMID: 30947987.

Wang P, Tang H, Zhang P*. Highly efficient and biocompatible nanoparticle-based photosensitizer for treatment of acne vulgaris. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2018, 13(20):2629-2636. DOI: 10.2217/nnm-2018-0125. PMID: 30338704.

Wijesiri N, Yu Z, Tang H, Zhang P*. Antifungal photodynamic inactivation against dermatophyte Trichophyton rubrum using nanoparticle-based hybrid photosensitizers. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2018, 23, 202-208. DOI: 10.1016/j.pdpdt.2018.06.019. PMID: 29944934.

Yu Z, Smith ME, Zhang J, Zhou Y, Zhang P*. Determination of trichloroethylene by using self-referenced SERS and gold-core/silver-shell nanoparticles. Microchim Acta. 2018, 185(7):330-336. DOI: 10.1007/s00604-018-2870-y. PMID: 29915873.

Tian Z, Crowe M, Shao L, Zhang P, Zhang L, Zhao Q, Diao J. Interface colloidal deposition of nanoparticle wire structures. Particle and Particle Systems Characterization. 2018, 35, 1800098. DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.201800098.

Westbrook EG, Zhang P*. Plasmon-enhanced triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion of post-modified polymeric acceptors. Dalton Trans. 2018, 47(26):8638-8645. DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00269J. PMID: 29541706.

Crowe M, Tian Z, Zhang P, Diao J. Pristine graphene modulation of vertical colloidal deposition for gold nanoparticle wires.  Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 544, 159-164 (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2018.02.029. 

N. Wijesiri, T. Ozkaya-Ahmadov, P. Wang, J. Zhang, H. Tang, X. Yu, N. Ayres, P. Zhang*. Photodynamic Inactivation of MRSA Using Hybrid Photosensitizers Based on Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles. ACS Omega. 2(9), 5364-5369 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.7b00738.

C. Lee, P. Wang, M. A. Gaston, A. A. Weiss, P. Zhang*. Plasmonics-Based Detection of Virus Using Sialic Acid Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles. Methods Mol. Biol. 1571, 109-116 (2017). DOI: 10. 1007/978-1-4939-6848-0_7. PMID: 28281252.

T. Ozkaya Ahmadov, P. Wang, H. Zhao, P. Zhang*. Magnetic Relaxation-Based Sensing of Phosphate Ion. Talanta. 162, 256-260 (2017).

P. Wang, H. Tang, P. Zhang*. Plasmonic Nanoparticle-based Hybrid Photosensitizers with Broadened Excitation Profile for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer Cells. Scientific Reports. 6, 34981 (2016).

T. Ozkaya Ahmadov, R. Ding, J. Zhang, P. Wang, H. Tang, P. Zhang*. Silver Nanoparticle-Enhanced Hybrid Photosensitizer for Photoinactivation of Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). RSC Adv. 6, 54318-54321 (2016). DOI: 10.1039/C6RA11072J

B. Hu, X. Cao, T. O. Ahmadov, H. Tang, P. Zhang*. Light-Harvesting Photosensitizers and Their Photodynamic Inactivation of Bacteria under Near-Infrared Excitation. Chemistry - An Asian Journal  11, 1092-1097 (2016). DOI: 10.1002/asia.201600071R1

R. Ding, X. Yu, P. Wang, J. Zhang, Y. Zhou, X. Cao, H. Tang, N. Ayres*, P. Zhang*. Hybrid photosensitizer based on amphiphilic block copolymer stabilized silver nanoparticles for highly efficient photodynamic inactivation of bacteria. RSC Adv.  6, 20392-20398 (2016). DOI: 10.1039/C6RA01660J

J. Zhang, P. Joshi, Y. Zhou, R. Ding, P. Zhang*. Quantitative SERS-based DNA detection assisted by magnetic microspheres. Chem. Comm.  51, 15284-15286 (2015). DOI: 10.1039/c5cc06571b

P. Joshi, T. O. Ahmadov, P. Wang, P. Zhang*. Singlet oxygen generation under NIR light and visible light excitations of photosensitizers on upconversion nanoparticle surface. RSC Adv. 5, 67892-67895 (2015). DOI: 10.1039/C5RA13125A

T. O. Ahmadov, P. Joshi, J. Zhang, K. Nahan, J. Caruso, P. Zhang*. Paramagnetic Relaxation Based Biosensor for Selective Dopamine Detection. Chem. Comm. 51, 11425-11428 (2015). DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02732B

X. Cao, B. Hu, R. Ding, P. Zhang*. Plasmon-enhanced Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Triplet-Triplet Annihilation by Gold Nanoparticles. PhysChemChemPhys. 17, 14479-14483 (2015). DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01876E

Y. Zhou, R. Ding, P. Joshi, P. Zhang*. Quantitative SERS measurements with embedded internal reference. Analytica Chimica Acta. 874, 49-53 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2015.03.016

P. Joshi, P. Zhang*. Facile capture of conjugated polymer nanodots in mesoporous silica nanoparticles to facilitate surface modification. J. Materials Science. 50(10), 3597-3603 (2015). DOI: 10.1007/s10853-015-8920-5

C. Shi,* P. Zhang*. Role of MgO over γ-Al2O3-supported Pd catalysts for carbon dioxide reforming of methane. Appl. Catal. B: Environmental. V170-171, 43-52 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.01.034

X. Yu, X. Cao, X. Chen, N. Ayres*, P. Zhang*. Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion from Rationally Designed Polymeric Emitters with Tunable Inter-Chromophore Distances. Chem. Comm. 51, 588 (2015), DOI: 10.1039/C4CC07589G

P. Joshi, Y. Zhou, T. Ozkaya Ahmadov, P. Zhang*. Quantitative SERS-based detection using Ag-Fe3O4 nanocomposites with internal reference. J. Mater. Chem. C. 2, 9964-9968 (2014). DOI: 10.1039/C4TC01550A

P. Wang, P. Zhang*. Upconversion luminescence resonance energy transfer-based ligase-assisted method for specific and sensitive detection of V600E mutation in BRAF gene. RSC Adv. 4, 56235-56240 (2014). DOI: 10.1039/c4ra10181b

B. Hu, X. Cao, K. Nahan, J. Caruso, H. Tang, P. Zhang*. Surface Plasmon-Photosensitizer Resonance Coupling: An Enhanced Singlet Oxygen Production Platform for Broad-Spectrum Photodynamic Inactivation of Bacteria. J. Mater. Chem. B.  2, 7073-7081 (2014). DOI:10.1039/c4tb90002b

P. Wang, P. Joshi, A. Alazemi, P. Zhang*. Upconversion nanoparticle-based ligase-assisted method for specific and sensitive detection of T790M mutation in epidermal growth factor receptor. Biosens. Bioelectron. 62, 120-126 (2014). DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2013.06.037

Y. Zhou, P. Zhang*. Simultaneous SERS and surface-enhanced fluorescence from dye-embedded metal core-shell nanoparticles. PhysChemChemPhys. 16, 8791-8794 (2014). DOI:10.1039/C4CP01199F

C. Lee, P. Zhang*. Highly stable gelatin layer-protected gold nanoparticles as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 14, 4325-4330 (2014).

B. Hu, X. Cao, P. Zhang*. Selective Colorimetric Detection of Glutathione Based on Quasi-Stable Gold Nanoparticles Assembly. New J. Chem. 37, 3853-3856 (2013). DOI:10.1039/C3NJ00978E

P. Wang, T. O. Ahmadov, C. Lee, P. Zhang*. Ligase-assisted signal-amplifiable DNA detection using upconversion nanoparticles. RSC Advances. 3(37), 16326-16329 (2013). DOI:10.1039/C3RA42421A

X. Cao, B. Hu, P. Zhang*. High Upconversion Efficiency from Hetero Triplet-Triplet Annihilation in Multi-Acceptor Systems. J. Phys. Chem. Letters. 4, 2334-2338 (2013).

C. Lee, P. Zhang*. Facile synthesis of gelatin-protected silver nanoparticles for SERS applications. J. Raman Spectroscopy. 44, 823-826 (2013).

Y. Zhou, C. Lee, J. Zhang, P. Zhang*. Engineering versatile SERS-active nanoparticles by embedding reporters between Au-core/Ag-shell through layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolytes. J. Mater. Chem. C. 1(23), 3695-3699 (2013).

B. Hu, X. Cao, P. Zhang*. Dual control of interparticle forces in gold nanoparticles assembly. ChemPlusChem. 10.1002/cplu.201300091 (2013).

C. Lee, M. Gaston, A. Weiss, P. Zhang*. Colorimetric viral detection based on sialic acid stabilized gold nanoparticles. Biosens. Bioelectron. 42, 236-241 (2013). 

Prior to 2013 (selected)

C. Shi, P. Zhang*. Effect of a second metal (Y, K, Ca, Mn or Cu) addition on the carbon dioxide reforming of methane over nanostructured palladium catalysts. Appl. Catal. B: Environmental. 190, 115-116 (2012).

W. Li, J. Zhang, Y. Zhou, P. Zhang*. Highly enhanced fluorescence of fluorophores inside a metallic nanocavity. Chem. Comm. 47(20), 5834 (2011).

W. Li, X. Miao, T. S. Luk, P. Zhang*. Reporter-Embedded TiO2 Core-Mixed Metal Shell Nanoparticles with Enormous Average Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Enhancement Factors. J. Phys. Chem. C. 115, 3318 (2011).

H. Tang, P. Zhang, T. L. Kieft, S. J. Ryan, S. M. Baker, W. P. Wiesmann, S. Rogelj. Antibacterial action of a novel functionalized chitosan-arginine against gram-negative bacteria. Acta Biomaterialia. 6(7), 2562 (2010).

M. Kumar, P. Zhang*. Highly Sensitive and Selective Label-Free Optical Detection of Mercuric Ions Using Photon Upconverting Nanoparticles. Biosens. Bioelectron. 25, 2431 (2010).

W. Li, Y. Guo, P. Zhang*. SERS-Active Silver Nanoparticles Prepared by a Simple and Green Method. J. Phys. Chem. C. 114, 6413 (2010).

W. Li, Y. Guo, K. McGill, P. Zhang*. A facile synthesis of Ag nanoparticles for detection of Mercury (II) ion with high sensitivity and selectivity. New J. Chem. 34, 1148 (2010).

Y. Guo, S. Rogelj, P. Zhang*. Rose Bengal-decorated silica nanoparticles as photosensitizers for inactivation of Gram(+)-bacteria. Nanotechnology 21, 065102 (2010).

W. Li, Y. Guo and P. Zhang*. A General Approach to Prepare TiO2-core Gold-shell Nanoparticles as SERS-tags. J. Phys. Chem. C. 114 (16), 7263 (2010).

X. Dong, X. Liang, H. Li, G. Lin, P. Zhang, H. Zhang. Preparation and characterization of carbon nanotube-promoted Co-Cu catalyst for higher alcohol synthesis from syngas. Catalysis Today. 147, 158, (2009).

M. Kumar, P. Zhang*. Highly sensitive and selective label-free optical detection of DNA hybridization based on photon upconverting nanoparticles. Langmuir. 25(11), 6024, (2009).

P. Zhang*, Y. Guo. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering using metal nanoshells. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (11), 3808 (2009).

M. Kumar, Y. Guo, P. Zhang*. Highly sensitive and selective oligonucleotide sensor for sickle cell disease gene using photon upconverting nanoparticles. Biosens. Bioelectron. 24, 1522 (2009).

Y. Guo, M. Kumar, P. Zhang*. Nanoparticle-based photosensitizers under CW infrared excitation. Chem. Mater. 19(25), 6071, (2007).

P. Zhang*, W. Steelant, M. Kumar, M. Scholfield. Versatile photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy at infrared excitation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129 (15), 4526 (2007).

P. Zhang*, S. Rogelj, K. Nguyen, D. Wheeler. Design of highly sensitive and specific nucleotide sensor based on photon upconverting particles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128 (38), 12410 (2006). 


10. Nanoparticle-based colorimetric and fluorescent sensing. U.S. Patent Provisional Application.

9.  Silver nanoparticle-enhanced photosensitizers as antibiofilm agents. US # 10,967,086 B2.

8.  Hydrogen sensitive films and sensors produced therefrom. US # 10,935,499 B2. German Patent Application No. 102018216580.7

7.  Silver nanoparticle-enhanced photosensitizers as antifungal agents. US # 10,420,346 B2.

6.  Silver nanoparticle-enhanced photosensitizers. US # 9,999,225 B2. PCT/US2015/016735.

5.  Photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy at infrared excitation. US # 7,811,830.

4.  Method for making nanoparticles. US # 7,332,351.

3.  Silica coated nanoparticles with a metal core. EP Patent # 1,867,993.

2.  Method for identifying cells. US # 6,924,116.

1.  Coated nanoparticles. US # 6,548,264; WO Patent WO/2001/088,540.


Book chapter

1. X. Fang, S. Schuster, X. Liu, T. Correll, P. Zhang, R. Tapec, S. Santra, M. Qhobosheanne, J.H. Lou, W.H. Tan. Molecular beacon biosensors for DNA/RNA analysis. In "Advances in Nucleic Acid and Protein Analyses, Manipulation and Sequencing", SPIE, (Patrick Limbach, John Owicki, Ramesh Raghavachari and Weihong Tan, Editors), 2000, 3926, 2-8.

2. H. B. Zhang, X. Dong, G. D. Lin, Y. Z. Yuan, P. Zhang, K. R. Tsai,. Methanol synthesis from H-2/CO/CO2 over CNT-promoted Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 catalyst. 2003, ACS Symp. Ser. No.852, C. J. Liu, R. G. Mallinson, M. Aresta (Ed.), Washington DC, ACS, 195.

3. C. Lee, P. Wang, M. A. Gaston, A. A. Weiss, P. Zhang. Plasmonics-Based Detection of Virus Using Sialic Acid Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles. In "Biosensors and Biodetection: Methods and Protocols Volume 1: Optical-Based Detectors, Methods in Molecular Biology". Vol. 1571. Avraham Rasooly and Ben Prickril (eds.). DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-6848-0_7. 

4. E. Westbrook, X. Cao, P. Zhang. Plasmon-enhanced Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Triplet-Triplet Annihilation. In “Emerging Strategies to Reduce Transmission and Thermalization Losses in Solar Cells”. Springer Nature (Jonas Sandby Lissau and Morten Madsen, eds.), 2021, 107-118.


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Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati