Dr. Zhengdong Cheng

Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, The Professional Program in Biotechnology

Texas A&M University, USA

Associate Professor



1999  Ph.D., Princeton University, Physics

1993  M.Sc., Institute of High Energy Physics, Physics

1990  B.Sc., Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Publications (Selected)


  1. Z. Cheng, P.M. Chaikin, W.B. Russel “Controlled growth of hard-sphere colloidal crystals” Nature 401, 1999, 893.
  2. C. Harrison, D.H. Adamson, Z. Cheng, J.M. Sebastian, S. Sethuraman, D.A. Huse, R.A. Register, P.M. Chaikin “Mechanisms of ordering in striped patterns” Science 290, 2000, 1558.
  3. D. Sun, H.-J. Sue, Y. Martinez-Raton, E. Velasco, Z. Cheng “Stable smectic phase in suspensions of polydisperse colloidal platelets with identical thickness” Phys. Rev. E 80, 2009, 041704.
  4. Mejia, P. He, D. Luo, M. Marquez and Z. Cheng “Uniform discotic wax particle via electrospray emulsification” J. Colloid and Interface Science 334, 2009, 22.
  5. Z. Cheng, P.M. Chaikin, T.G. Mason “Light streak tracking of optically trapped thin microdisks” Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 2002, 108303.
  6. Z. Cheng, T.G. Mason “Rotational diffusion microrheology” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 2003, 018304.
  7. Z. Cheng, P. M. Chaikin, J. Zhu, W. B. Russel, and W. V. Meyer “Crystallization kinetics of hard spheres in microgravity in the coexistence regime: Interactions between growing crystallites” Phys. Rev. Lett.  88, 2002, 015501 (Phys. Rev. Focus 8, Story 35).
  8. J. M. Gordillo, Z. Cheng, A.M. Ganan-Calvo, M. Marquez, D.A. Weitz “A new device for the generation of microbubbles and microfoams” Physics of Fluids 16, 2004, 2828.
  9. H. Kim, D. Luo, D. Link, D. A. Weitz, M. Marquez, Z. Cheng “Controlled production of emulsion drops using an electric field in a flow-focusing microfluidic device” Applied Physics Letters 91, 2007, 133106.
  10. T. Gong, J. Shen, Z. Hu, M. Marquez, Z. Cheng “Nucleation rate measurement of colloidal crystallization using microfluidic emulsion droplets” Langmuir  23, 2007, 2919.


  1. Cheng Z. and He L. “Colloids, Drops and Cells” (In English, Published by the Press of University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China. August, 2009.)