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Dr Jenny Zhang

Current role
Senior post-doc (Reisner group)
Research interests
Artificial photosynthesis, chemical biology, materials chemistry
Current research
My research interfaces natural photosynthetic systems with synthetic materials to develop the basic science behind artificial photosynthesis. More specifically, I’m wiring photosynthetic enzymes, such as photosystem II, as well as living cyanobacterial cells to high surface area electrodes to study their photoelectrochemical properties. This is important not only for understanding the basic biophysics behind many life-sustaining components of nature, but also for inspiring the development of efficient artificial photosynthetic systems to produce ‘solar fuels’, which are sustainable and green alternatives to our current unsustainable and polluting carbon-based fuels.

Publications

Photoelectrocatalytic H2 evolution in water with molecular catalysts immobilised on p-Si via a stabilising mesoporous TiO2 interlayer.
JJ Leung, J Warnan, DH Nam, JZ Zhang, J Willkomm, E Reisner
– Chem. Sci.
(2017)
8,
5172
Competing charge transfer pathways at the photosystem II-electrode interface
JZ Zhang, KP Sokol, N Paul, E Romero, R van Grondelle, E Reisner
– Nature Chemical Biology
(2016)
12,
1046
Rational Wiring of Photosystem II to Hierarchical Indium Tin Oxide Electrodes using Redox Polymers
KP Sokol, D Mersch, V Hartmann, JZ Zhang, MM Nowaczyk, M Rögner, A Ruff, W Schuhmann, N Plumeré, E Reisner
– Energy & Environmental Science
(2016)
9,
3698
Wiring of Photosystem II to Hydrogenase for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
D Mersch, C-Y Lee, JZ Zhang, K Brinkert, JC Fontecilla-Camps, AW Rutherford, E Reisner
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2015)
137,
8541
A Si photocathode protected and activated with a Ti and Ni composite film for solar hydrogen production
Y-H Lai, HS Park, JZ Zhang, PD Matthews, DS Wright, E Reisner
– Chemistry
(2014)
21,
3919
Protein film photoelectrochemistry of the water oxidation enzyme photosystem II.
M Kato, JZ Zhang, N Paul, E Reisner
– Chemical Society reviews
(2014)
43,
6485
Influence of Equatorial and Axial Carboxylato Ligands on the Kinetic Inertness of Platinum(IV) Complexes in the Presence of Ascorbate and Cysteine and within DLD-1 Cancer Cells
CKJ Chen, JZ Zhang, JB Aitken, TW Hambley
– J Med Chem
(2013)
56,
8757
Facile preparation of mono-, di- and mixed-carboxylato platinum(IV) complexes for versatile anticancer prodrug design.
JZ Zhang, P Bonnitcha, E Wexselblatt, AV Klein, Y Najajreh, D Gibson, TW Hambley
– Chemistry
(2013)
19,
1672
Getting to the core of platinum drug bio-distributions: the penetration of anti-cancer platinum complexes into spheroid tumour models
JZ Zhang, NS Bryce, A Lanzirotti, CKJ Chen, D Paterson, MD de Jonge, DL Howard, TW Hambley
– Metallomics : integrated biometal science
(2012)
4,
1209
The use of spectroscopic imaging and mapping techniques in the characterisation and study of DLD-1 cell spheroid tumour models.
JZ Zhang, NS Bryce, R Siegele, EA Carter, D Paterson, MD de Jonge, DL Howard, CG Ryan, TW Hambley
– Integrative biology : quantitative biosciences from nano to macro
(2012)
4,
1072
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Research Group

Telephone number

01223 336319 (shared)

Email address

jz366@cam.ac.uk