Cheng Zhang specialises in the synthesis and characterisation of biomaterials to aim for early detection of disease via multiple imaging modalities.

Dr Cheng Zhang is working on the synthesis and characterisation of biomaterials, in particular polymeric imaging agents. His research strengths are in molecular level characterisaions by means of magnetic resonance and computational techniques. In the field of molecular imaging, in particular the 19F MRI, studies are currently being undertaken on applying highly fluorinated polymers as highly sensitive 19F MR agents for detection of breast cancer. 

Key Publications

Zhang, C., Moonshi, S., Peng H., Puttick, S., Reid J., Bernardi S., Bernhardt D. and Whittaker A., (2016). Ionic-responsive 19F MRI contrast agents for the detection of cancer cells. (ACS Sensors, 2016, 1, 757-765).

Zhang, C., Peng H., Puttick, S., Reid J., Bernardi S., Bernhardt D., Zhang A., Li W. and Whittaker A., (2016). NMR study of thermo-responsive dendronized polymers with eterogeneous phase transition in aqueous solution. (IF=5.8, Macromolecules, 49 (3): 900-908).

Zhang, C., Peng H., Puttick, S., Reid J., Bernardi S., Bernhardt D. and Whittaker A., (2015). Conformation of Hydrophobically Modified Thermoresponsive Poly(OEGMA-co-TFEA) across the LCST Revealed by NMR and Molecular Dynamics Studies. (IF=5.8, Macromolecules, 48 (10): 3310-3317).

Zhang, C., Peng H. and Whittaker A., (2014). NMR investigation of effect of dissolved salts on the thermoresponsive behavior of oligo (ethylene glycol)‐methacrylate‐based polymers. (IF=3.1, J. Polym. Sci. Pol. Chem., 52(16): 2375-2385).

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Featured projects Duration
Novel Biologically-Responsive MRI Agents
20172018