NanoPATh Group

Nanoelectronics, Plasmas, & Accelerator Technology

Peng Zhang

I am an Associate Professor (Assistant Professor, 2016 - 2021) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU). I received my B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and M.Eng. degree in Microelectronics from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. I received my Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Y. Y. Lau. Before joining MSU, I was an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at UM, Ann Arbor.

I work on various research topics including electrical and thermal contacts, thin films, classical, ballistic, and quantum diodes, space-charge-limited current flows, beam-circuit interaction, microwave absorption on rough surfaces, multipactor and breakdown, slow wave structures, z-pinches, laser-plasma interaction, and more recently on vacuum nano devices, quantum tunneling plasmonic junctions, ultrafast photoemission, and novel miniaturized light sources.


Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2012

M. S., Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2010

M. Eng., Microelectronics, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 2008

B. Eng., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 2006


IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Early Achievement Award 2020

ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award 2020

AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award 2018

2018 Academy for Global Engagement Fellow, Michigan State University

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Graduate Scholarship Award

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan

Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research at University of Michigan

University of Michigan Rackham Presidential Fellowship Award


ECE 850. Electrodynamics of Plasmas

ECE 201. Circuits and Systems I

ECE 499. Undergraduate Research

ECE 480. Senior Design Alternate Projects

(UM) NERS 571. Intermediate Plasma Physics I (substitute instructor)

(UM) NERS 572. (Appl Phys 672) Intermediate Plasma Physics II (substitute instructor)

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, a journal by Nature, 2017.

Technical Committee, IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (2016 IPMHVC), 2016.

Reviewer of Journals:

Nature Communications
Physical Review Letters
New Journal of Physics
Applied Physics Letters
Physical Review E
Physics of Plasmas
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams
Journal of Applied Physics
IEEE Electron Device Letter
IEEE Transaction on Electron Devices
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Sciences
IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
AIP Advances
Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B
Physics Letters A
Optics Communications
Materials Chemistry and Physics
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters

Reviewer, Research Proposals:

National Science Foundation (NSF), NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) within the Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Chilean National Science and Technology Commission


Senior Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

American Physical Society (APS)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society