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Cheng Zhang

Dr. Cheng Zhang


Associate Professor

Office Building

Avera Health and Science Center



Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 377
Chemistry-Box 2202
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Cheng Zhang is an associate professor of Chemistry at South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD, USA). He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, and his B.S. degree in physical chemistry from Wu Han University, China. His research interests are organic materials for various optoelectronic and electro-optic applications and biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals. He has published ~95 peer reviewed journal papers and patents.


Zhang-CV April 2015.pdf(223.03 KB)


Ph. D. Organic/Polymer/Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California. 1999. Adviser: Larry R. Dalton.

Ph. D. Candidate, Laser Spectroscopy and Molecular Reaction Dynamics, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1991-1993. Among 4 out of 30 graduate students selected for direct enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Adviser: Guohe Sha.

B. S. (with Honors), Physical Chemistry, Wu Han University, China. 1987.

Academic Interests

• Biomass conversion into renewable fuels and chemicals from.
• Second-order NLO chromophores for organic electro-optic (OEO) devices.
• Photostability of organic chromophores: mechanism and enhancement.

Organic chemistry
Materials Science
Sustainable energy

Academic Responsibilities

Teaching organic chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Committee Activities

Departmental graduate admission committee
College P&T committee