Prof. ZENG Xiaocheng (曾晓成)

BS Peking University, China
PhD The Ohio State University, USA

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Professor Xiaocheng Zeng received his bachelor degree in Physics from Peking University and his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from The Ohio State University. He pursued his postdoctoral research in Physical Chemistry at University of Chicago and UCLA. Before he joined the MSE faculty of City University of Hong Kong, he was a Chancellor’s University Professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He served as an Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale from 2012 – 2022.

His computational research has focused on physics and chemistry of water surface/interface, confined fluid in nanopores, wetting/dewetting on nanostructured surfaces, thermodynamics and phase transitions of water/ice/ice hydrate, structural evolution of nanoclusters, heterogeneous catalysis, and physical properties of low-dimensional materials and perovskites. As of November 2022, he has published 665 scientific papers in refereed journals (including 67 in JACS, 15 in Angewandte;  22 in ACS Nano, 16 in Nano Letters;  22 in AM/AENM/AFM/AS;  9 in PRL/PRX;  9 in Materials/Nanoscale Horizons;  2 in Joule, 1 in Chem) with Google Scholar h-index of 110 and citations of 46,000+; Web of Science h-index of 100 and citations of 40,000+. Among these publications, 11 were featured in ACS Chemical & Engineering News, 4 featured in RSC Chemistry World, and 33 were highlighted as journal cover.


Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2004)
Fellow, American Physical Society (2005)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007)
Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Nebraska (System Wide) (2010)
Midwest Award, American Chemical Society (2011)
Excellence in Graduate Education, Graduate College, UNL (2012)
Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, UNL (2013)
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2013)
Surfaces & Interfaces Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2017)
Fellow, Materials Research Society (2019)
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Web of Science (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Foreign Fellow, European Academy of Sciences, Chemistry Division (2020).