• Brain’s paper “Multi-pulse Laser-Induced Bubble Formation and Nanoparticle Aggregation using MoS2 Nanoparticles” by Scientific Reports is online. Full-text access to the paper by using the following link:

  • Blake successfully defended his PhD dissertation on July 7th 2020. Congratulatoins, Dr. Birmingham!

  • Brain’s paper “Multi-pulse Laser-Induced Bubble Formation and Nanoparticle Aggregation using MoS2 Nanoparticles” has been accepted by Scientific Reports.

  • Blake’s paper “Probing the Effect of Chemical Dopant Phase on Photoluminescence of Monolayer MoS2 Using in Situ Raman Micro-Spectroscopy” has been accepted by Journal of Physical Cemistry C. 

  • Our patent Fiber-coupled metal-tip near-field chemical imaging spectroscopy has been issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 4, 2018.  Patent number: 10145799.

  • Brain’s paper “Enhanced Four-Wave Mixing Process Near the Excitonic Resonances of Bulk MoS2” has been accepted by Photonics Research. Congratulations!

  • Dr. Zhang was selected as Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck Guest Professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria.

  • Blake’s Paper “Spatially-Resolved Photoluminescence of Monolayer MoS2 under Controlled Environment for Ambient Optoelectronic Applications” is published on  ACS Appl. Nano Mater.20181 (11), pp 6226–6235.

  • Blake’s Paper “Probing Interaction between Individual Submonolayer Nanoislands and Bulk MoS2 Using Ambient TERS” is published on J. Phys.Chem. C 2018 122(5) 2753-2760.

  • Yaobiao (Eric) Xia’s paper “Imaging Reactions of Acetone with Oxygen Adatoms on Partially Oxidized TiO2(110)” has been accepted by Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Congratulations!

  • Dr. Zhenrong Zhang and Bo Zhang attended Surface Analysis 2012 hosted at Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory in Richland, Washington State, June 19-22, 2012. Bo Zhang presented a talk entitled “Adsorption and diffusion of acetone on rutile TiO2 (110)”. Dr. Zhang moderated the Catalysis session.

  • Bo Zhang and Yaobiao (Eric) Xia presented two posters at the Southwest Catalysis Society 2012 Spring Symposium, held in Houston, TX. Also attending was Dr. Zhenrong Zhang. Bo Zhang’s poster title is “Adsorption and Diffusion of Acetone on Rutile TiO2 (110)”. Yaobiao Xia’s poster title is “Acetone Assisted Diffusion of Oxygen Vacancies on TiO2 (110)”.

  • Yaobiao Xia won a best poster prize at Southwest Catalysis Society 2012 Spring Symposium.

  • Amir Ali who has been doing research in Dr. Zhang’s lab presented a poster entitled “TiO2(110) Sample Preparation & Installation of Molecular Doser” at URSA Scholars week. The poster has been chosen as one of the URSA Scholars Week Outstanding Poster Presentations. His poster is displayed in the Moody and Jones libraries from next Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to the final day of school.


We look for motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students to join our group. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this research, students from departments other than Physics may also apply.

The first step in becoming a Master or Ph.D. student in our group at Baylor University is to be accepted by the department (application deadline – February 15th for the Fall semester).

Here is the information for  Graduate Program at Department of Physics at Baylor University.

For more information, please contact Dr. Zhenrong Zhang.