Professor Sam Zhang was born in Chongqing, China, the "city of mountains", and received his Bachelor of Engineering in 1982 from The Northeastern University, and his Master of Engineering in 1984 from The Iron and Steel Research Institute, both in China, and his Ph.D. degree in Ceramics in 1991 from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He is a tenured full professor (since 2006) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. Prof. Zhang was the founding Editor-in-Chief for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (2008-Dec.2015) and Principal Editor for Journal of Materials Research (USA) responsible for thin films and coating field (since 2003).

As at 7 March 2017, from Web of Science (, his Articles With Citation Data: 297, the Sum of the Times Cited: 6546 , Average Citations per Article: 22.04, h-index: 45; From Scopus webpage ( his Total Articles in Publication List: 297 Articles   Sum of the Times Cited: 7251, h-index: 47.  Prof.  Zhang’s research centres on the following four aspects: Hard yet tough nanocomposite coatings for tribological applications, Biological Coatings and Drug Delivery Application, Electronic Thin Films and  Energy Films and Coatings. He has been concentrating on solar cells in recent years. An online live update of these data is available at Prof Zhang’s researcherID website: (Details are also easily accessible at his personal website

PhD. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
•  Energy Films and Coatings for solar cells
•  Hard yet tough nanocomposite coatings for tribological applications by physical vapor deposition ; Measurement of fracture toughness of cerammic films and coatings.
•  Biological Coatings and Drug Delivery Applications: Sol-Gel synthesis of hydroxyapatite coating on titanium alloys for biomedical applications; bioMEMS; Controlled drug release.
•  Electronic Thin Films in optoelectronic applications, data storage, etc.
Personal Interests
Badminton, hiking, photography, Chinese Calligraphy, Traditional Chinese Medicine