Zhifeng DingZhifeng Ding
Associate Professor
M.Sc. (Nanjing University, China)
Ph.D. (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL))
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Office: MSA 0203; Lab: MSA 0250
Phone (Office): (519) 661-2111 ext. 86161
Phone (Lab): (519) 661-2111 ext. 86320


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Analytical Chemistry. Scanning Probe Microscopies, Spectroelectrochemistry and other Instrumental Analyses: Toward Optoelectronic, Biological, Pharmaceutical
and Environmental Applications


    Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award (2003)
    Professeur invité at the EPFL (2003)
   Canada Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Fund Award (2003)

Current Research Programs:

Our lab is applying modern analytical methods such as electrochemistry, spectroscopy and microscopy to multidisciplinary research. We specialize in the development and applications of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), Raman microspectroscopy (RMS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), near-field scanning optic microscopy (NSOM), electrochemiluminescence (ECL), and their combination.

Chemical reaction imaging creates ways to visualize reactions of samples with their environments. For instance, SECM and RMS are being utilized in our group to unfold physiology and pathology of single live cells by mapping electron transfer, ion transfer, and molecule transfer across their membranes. Reactivities of grains and grain boundaries of Ti, Zr, and other materials are being determined and analyzed through these images on micrometer scale. AC-SECM has recently been combined with conventional DC-SECM in our lab to deconvolute the topography and chemistry profiles of specimens.

Electrochemical preparation of luminescent nanocrystals and electrochemical assembly of nanomaterials are actively pursued in our lab. These investigations will lead to novel optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices. Electrochemistry and ECL of various organic and organometallic molecules, and the structure-property correlation are also being explored.

Other research projects being carried out in our group include pharmaceutical analysis in biologic fluids, and drug transfer, its mechanisms and dynamics at micro liquid/liquid interfaces.

Selected Publications:

J. Zhou, C. Booker, R. Li, X. Zhou, T.-K. Sham, X. Sun, Z. Ding, "An Electrochemical Avenue to Blue Luminescent Nanocrystals from Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)", Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 (2007) 744-745.

X. Zhao, N.O. Petersen, Z. Ding, "Comparison study of live cells by atomic force microscopy, confocal microscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy", Canadian Journal of Chemistry 85 (2007) 175-183. Front cover of the March 2007 Issue.

P.M. Diakowski, Z. Ding, "Interrogation of live cells using alternating current scanning electrochemical microscopy (AC-SECM)", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 9 (2007) 5966 - 5974. In News of RSC Chemical Biology; Front Cover of Issue 45, Vol. 9, 2007.

F. Wang, X. Zhou, J. Zhou, T.-K. Sham, Z. Ding, "Observation of Single Tin Dioxide Nanoribbons by Confocal Raman Microspectroscopy"(Letter), Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111 (2007) 18839-18843.

R. Zhu, Z. Qin, J. J. Noel, D. W. Shoesmith, Z. Ding, "Analyzing the Influence of Alloying Elements and Impurities on the Localized Reactivity of Titanium Grade-7 by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy", Analytical Chemistry, 80 (2008) 1437-1447.

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