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  1. O. Herrera-Márquez, M. Serrano-Haro, J.M. Vicaria, E. Jurado, A.R. Fraat-Leál, Z.J. Zhang, P. Fryer, and A. Avila-Sierra “Cleaning maps: A multi-scale strategy to approach the cleaning of complex food deposits” J. Cleaner Prod. 261 (2020) 121254
  2. R. Qu, Z. Ren, N. Li, F. Zhang, Z.J. Zhang, and H. Zhang “Solvent-free cycloaddition of carbon dioxide and epichlorohydrin catalyzed by surface-attached imidazolium-type poly(ionic liquid) monolayer” J. CO2 Util. 38 (2020) 168
  3. E. Liamas, R.A. Black, P.A. Mulheran, R. Tampé, R. Wieneke, O.R.T. Thomas, and Z.J. Zhang “Probing fibronectin adsorption on chemically defined surfaces by single molecule force microscopy and a quartz crystal microbalance” Sci. Rep. 10 (2020) 15662
  4. D. Simionesie, G. O’Callaghan, J.L.L.F.S. Costa, L. Giusti, W.J. Kerr, J. Sefcik, P. Mulheran, and Z.J.Zhang “Clustering behaviour of polyaromatic compounds mimicking natural asphaltenes” Colloids Surf., A 603 (2020) 125221
  5. X. Zhang, Q. Rao, Z. Qiu, Y. Lin, L. Zhang, Q. Hu, T. Chen, Z. Ma, H. Gao, D. Luo, J. Zhao, D. Ouyang, Z.J. Zhang, and Q. Li “Using acetone/water binary solvent to enhance the stability and bioavailability of spray dried enzalutamide/HPMC-AS solid dispersions” J. Pharm. Sci. Accepted 



  1. D. Huang, Z. Xie, Q. Rao, E. Liamas, P. Pan, S. Guan, Z.J. Zhang, M. Lu, and Q. Li* “Hot melt extrusion of heat-sensitive and high melting point drug: inhibit the recrystallization of the prepared amorphous drug to improve the bioavailability” Int. J. Pharm. 565 (2019) 316
  2. E.C. Qin, M.E. Kandel, E. Liamas, T.B. Shah, C. Kim, C.D. Kaufman, Z.J. Zhang, G. Popescu, M.U. Gillette, D.E. Leckband, H. Kong* “Graphene oxide substrates with N-cadherin stimulates neuronal growth and intracellular transport” Acta Biomater. 90 (2019) 412
  3. N. Li, R. Qu, X Han, W Lin, H. Zhang,* and Z.J. Zhang “The counterion effect of imidazolium-type poly(ionic liquid) brushes on carbon dioxide adsorption” ChemPlusChem In Press
  4. Y. Cheng, Z. Ou, Q. Li, J. Yang, M. Hu, Y. Zhou, X. Zhuang, Z.J. Zhang, and S. Guan “Cabazitaxel liposomes with aptamer modification enhance tumor-targeting efficacy in nude mice” Mol. Med. Rep. 19 (2019) 490
  5. A. Avila-Sierra, Z.J. Zhang, and P.J. Fryer* “Effect of surface characteristics on cleaning performance for CIP system in food processing” Energy Procedia, 161 (2019) 115
  6. M. Hadis, J. Wang, Z.J. Zhang, A. Di Maio, and J. Camilleri* “Interaction of hydraulic calcium silicate and glass ionomer cements with dentine” Materialia 9 (2020) 100515
  7. E. Liamas, O.R.T. Thomas, A.I. Muñoz,* and Z.J. Zhang* “Effect of the electrochemical characteristics of titanium on the adsorption kinetics of albumin” RSC Adv. 9 (2019) 34265
  8. D. Simionesie, G. O’Callaghan, R. Laurent, J.A. Preece, R. Evans, and Z.J. Zhang “A combined experimental and computational study of polyaromatic hydrocarbon aggregation – isolating the effect of attached functional groups” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 58 (2019) 20505
  9. M.H. Derkani, A.J. Fletcher, M. Fedorov, W. Abdallah, B. Sauerer, J. Anderson, and Z.J. Zhang “Mechanisms of surface charge modification of carbonates in aqueous electrolyte solutions” Colloids Interfaces 3 (2019) 62
  10. E. Liamas, O.R.T. Thomas, A.I. Muñoz, and Z.J. Zhang “Tribocorrosion behaviour of pure titanium in bovine serum albumin solution: a multiscale study” J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater. 102 (2020) 103511 


  1. E. Liamas, K. Kubiak-Ossowska, R.A. Black, O.R.T. Thomas, Z.J. Zhang,* and P.A. Mulheran* “Adsorption of fibronectin fragment on surfaces using fully atomistic molecular dynamics simulations” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19 (2018) 3321
  2. L. Shere, J.A. Preece, and Z.J. Zhang* “Application of atomic force microscopy in formulation engineering” Johnson Matthey Technol. Rev. 62 (2018) 1
  3. E.M. McCarthy, H. Floyd, O. Addison, Z.J. Zhang, P.G. Oppenheimer, and L.M. Grover* “Influence of cobalt ions on collagen gel formation and their interaction with osteoblasts” ACS Omega 3 (2018) 10129
  4. Z.J. Zhang,* S. Edmondson, M. Mears, J. Madsen, S.P. Armes, G.J. Leggett, and M. Geoghegan* “Blob size controls diffusion of free polymer in a chemically identical brush in semi-dilute solution” Macromolecules 51 (2018) 6312
  5. M.H. Derkani, A.J. Fletcher,* W. Abdallah, B. Sauerer, J. Anderson, and Z.J. Zhang* “Low salinity waterflooding in carbonate reservoirs: Review of interfacial mechanisms” Colloids Interfaces 2 (2018) 20
  6. Q. Li, W. Huang, J. Yang, J. Wang, M. Hu, J. Mo, Y. Cheng, Z. Ou, Z.J. Zhang, and S. Guan* “Gastric retention pellets of edaravone with enhanced oral bioavailability: Absorption mechanism, development, and in vitro/in vivo evaluation” Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. 119 (2018) 62
  7. M. Raftari, Z.J. Zhang, S.R. Carter, G.J. Leggett, and M. Geoghegan* “Salt dependence of the tribological properties of a surface-grafted weak polycation in aqueous solution” Tribo. Lett. 66 (2018) 11


  1. N.E. Clay, J.J. Whittenberg, J.Leong, V. Kumar, J. Chen, I. Choi, E. Liamas, J.M. Schieferstein, J.H. Jeong, D.H. Kim, Z.J. Zhang, P.J.A Kenis, I.W. Kim, and H. Kong* “Chemical and mechanical modulation of polymeric micelle assembly” Nanoscale 9 (2017) 5194
  2. Y. Dai, T. Sun,* Z. Zhang, Z.J. Zhang, and J. Li “Effect of zinc oxide film morphologies on the formation of Shewanella putrefaciens biofilm” Biointerphases 12 (2017) 011002
  3. Z.J. Zhang, M. Moxey, A. Alswieleh, S.P. Armes, A.L. Lewis, M. Geoghegan, and G.J. Leggett* “Nanotribological investigation of polymer brushes with lithographically defined and systematically varying grafting densities” Langmuir 33 (2017) 706
  4. Z.J. Zhang,* J. Madsen, N.J. Warren, M. Mears, G.J. Leggett, A.L. Lewis, and M. Geoghegan “Influence of salt on the solution dynamics of a phosphorylcholine-based polyzwitterion” Euro. Polym. J. 87 (2017) 449
  5. D. Mallinson, D.L. Cheung,* D. Simionesie, A.B. Mullen, Z.J. Zhang,* and D.A. Lamprou* “Experimental and computational examination of anastellin (FnIII1c)–polymer interactions” J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part A 105A (2017) 737


  1. J.L.L.F.S. Costa, D. Simionesie, Z.J. Zhang,* and P.A. Mulheran* “Aggregation of model asphaltenes: a molecular dynamics study” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28 (2016) 394002
  2. Z.J.Zhang, M. Moxey, A. Alswieleh, A.J. Morse, A.L. Lewis, M. Geoghegan, and G.J. Leggett* “Effect of salt on phosphorylcholine-based zwitterionic polymer brushes” Langmuir 32 (2016) 5048
  3. B. Sauerer, M. Stukan, W. Abdallah, M.H. Derkani, M. Fedorov, J. Buiting, and Z.J. Zhang* “Quantifying mineral surface energy by scanning force microscopy” J. Colloidal Interface Sci. 472 (2016) 237
  4. I. Insua, E. Liamas, Z. Zhang, A.F.A. Peacock, A.M. Krachler, and F. Fernandez-Trillo* “Enzyme-responsive polyion complex (PIC) nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of antimicrobial polymers” Polym. Chem. 7 (2016) 2684


  1. M. Raftari, Z.J. Zhang, S.R. Carter, G.J. Leggett, and M. Geoghegan* “Nanoscale contact mechanics between two grafted polyelectrolyte surface” Macromolecules 48 (2015) 6272
  2. A. AL-Baradi, M.R. Tomlinson, Z.J. Zhang,* and M. Geoghegan “Determination of the molar mass of surface-grafted weak polyelectrolyte brushes using force spectroscopy” Polymer 67 (2015) 111
  3. Y. Pen, Z. Zhang,* A.L. Morales-Garcia, M. Mears, D.S. Tarmey, R.G. Edyvean, S.A. Banwart, and M. Geoghegan “Effect of extracellular polymeric substances on the mechanical properties of RhodococcusBiochim. Biophys. ActaBiomembrane 1848 (2015) 518


  1. Z.J. Zhang, D. Simionesie, and C. Schaschke* “Graphite and hybrid nanomaterials as lubricant additives” Lubricants 2 (2014) 44
  2. M. Raftari, Z. Zhang, S.R. Carter, G.J. Leggett, and M. Geoghegan* “Frictional properties of a polycationic brush” Soft Matter 10 (2014) 2759


  1. Z. Zhang, A.J. Morse, S.P. Armes, A.L. Lewis, M. Geoghegan, and G.J. Leggett* “Nanoscale contact mechanics of biocompatible polyzwitterionic brushes” Langmuir 29 (2013) 10684
  2. K. Busuttil, N. Nikogeorgos, Z. Zhang, M. Geoghegan, C.A. Hunter, and G. Leggett* “The mechanics of nanometre-scale molecular contacts” Faraday Discuss. 156 (2012) 325
  3. Z. Zhang, A.J. Morse, S.P. Armes, A.L. Lewis, M. Geoghegan, and G.J. Leggett* “Effect of brush thickness and solvent composition on the friction force response of poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine) brushes” Langmuir 27 (2011) 2514
  4. Z. Zhang, I.W. Fletcher, C.R. Hurley, C. Boardman, P. Doyle, and G.J. Leggett* “Morphological, and quantitative frictional measurements of cotton fibres using friction force microscopy” J. Mater. Chem. 20 (2010) 8531
  5. Z. Zhang, Y. Pen, R.G.J. Edyvean, S.A. Banwart, R.M. Dalgliesh, and M. Geoghegan* “Adhesive and conformational behaviour of mycolic acid monolayers” Biochim. Biophys. ActaBiomembrane 1798 (2010) 1829
  6. A.J. Morse, S. Edmondson, D. Dupin, S.P. Armes,* Z. Zhang, G.J. Leggett, R.L. Thompson, and A.L. Lewis “Biocompatible polymer brushes grown from model quartz fibres: synthesis, characterization and in situ determination of frictional coefficient” Soft Matter 6 (2010) 1571
  7. P. Burgos, Z. Zhang, R. Golestanian, G.J. Leggett, and M. Geoghegan* “Directed single molecule diffusion triggered by surface energy gradients” ACS Nano 3 (2009) 3235
  8. M. Geoghegan,* J.S. Andrews, C.A. Biggs, K.E. Eboigbodin, D.R. Elliott, S. Rolfe, J. Scholes, J.J. Ojeda, M.E. Romero-Gonzalez, R.G.J. Edyvean, L. Swanson, R. Rutkaite, R. Fernando, Y. Pen, Z. Zhang, and S.A. Banwart “The polymer physics and chemistry of microbial cell attachment and adhesion” Faraday Discuss. 139 (2008) 85
  9. Z. Zhang, M. Tomlinson, R. Golestanian, and M. Geoghegan* “The interfacial behaviour of single PDMAc chains measured as a function of pH” Nanotechnology 19 (2008) 035505