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Nan Zhang

Assistant Professor/Lecturer

Principal Investigator

+353 (0)1716 1989

220D, Engineering Building

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

University College Dublin

Belfield Dublin 4, Co. Dublin, Ireland

My research is to apply micro/nano mould tool manufacturing technologies and polymer micro/nano replication technologies to fundamental and applied problems relevant to design, development and production of novel polymeric micro and nano devices. My research interest includes manufacturing of multi-scale mould tools for mass production, replication of micro/nano features and complex form using microinjection moulding and nanoimprinting, and prototyping and production of polymeric micro/nano devices.


We welcome all kinds of collaborations relevant to my research.

Jing Zhang

Postdoc Research Fellow (2019-present)


"My research mainly focused on polymer chemistry and microfluidic nanoparticle synthesis. In specific, through the elegant chip design and integration of diverse polymeric nanoparticles, materials with optimized components and structures were constructed towards uses of specific functions such as therapeutic and optics. Related achievements have been published in comprehensive journals including Nano. Lett., Mater. Horiz., Adv. Funct. Mater., Chem. Mater.,J. Mater. Chem. A, Chem. Commun.etc.and also highlighted by Atlas of Science."

Honggang Zhang

PhD candiate (2016-present)


"My research interests include: micro/nano electroforming, Nano composite coating, UV-lithography process development. Application areas: Microfludics, Optics, Functional surfaces."

Haoyang Zhang

UCD & TJU jointed PhD candiate (2016-present)


"I am currently working on microinjection moulding, precision injection moulding, micro hot embossing,  freeform optics fabrication, and theirs applications on medical devices."

Weiwei Sun

Research assistant (2019-present)

Software development

Lin Lin

Research assistant (2019-present)

System design and appearance designer

Ajith Manoharan

Master​ and Research assistant (2018-present)

Mechanical design 

Former Members

Tianyu Guan

Master​ (2018-2019)


"I am a master student working on precision injection moulding of microfluidic devices and back end process development."

Jingzhi Fan

Master​ (2018-2019)

"I am a Master student in UCD major in Materials Science and Engineering. My background is mostly about biomedical implants and I have quite a little experience in laboratories with polymer coating, crosslinking cryogel, and biodegradable stents. I am now working on a project about stents in Nan's group. I like all kinds of sports and always have curiosity to new things."

Anu S. S. Pillai

Master​ (2018-2019)

"I am interested in different parts of science and technology, I am always inspired by the recent development in both fields. I like to spend more times for reading thesis in Google Scholar and trying to do new things in my current working project. I would like to work in surface coatings of different materials like metals, polymers, ceramics, developing different nanoparticles with outstanding properties and I like to spent time for developing a compactable design for medical device."

Amat Alvarez Max 

Internship (2019-present)

"I am a student of engineering in industrial technologies in Barcelona, and between my third and fourth year of studies I collaborate in the projects of Dr. Zhang. My job is to develop new geometries and mechanisms for different areas of research and innovation. Additionally I have done a brief introduction in the area of polymer nanostructure replication. I hope to put my knowledge into practice and learn more, contributing as much as possible in the time I am in the UCD School of Engineering and Materials Science."

Lorcan O'Toole

B.Eng. (2016 - 2018)

Lorcan’s project on “The characterisation of the heat transfer coefficient between polymer melt and mould cavity during micro injection moulding experiments” is a keen research area for micro and nano scale manufacturing and replication as micro injection moulding is an extremely versatile and efficient processing method of polymeric components with micro features. 

Dudu Geng

Master​ (2016 - 2018)

"My background was initially in metallic materials, especially in welding. I studied the effects of welding crack defects for nearly two years in China before coming to Ireland.
I decided to come here to study as I wanted to learn some other aspects in materials science and obviously, UCD was my preference. One reason for this is that it offers an incredibly broad curriculum, from start-of-the-art medical device technology to the materials science behind nanomaterials like graphene. Wherever your interests lie, this programme will give you a broad yet detailed understanding of materials science and its engineering applications.
More importantly, through this one-year programme you will learn how to work and get
along with people from different backgrounds which will give you new perspectives on how to tackle problems and build your teamwork ability as well as leadership."

Jingchuan Zhang

Master​ (2016 - 2018)

Thesis Title: Continuous-flow sorting of protein corona using magnetic system in a microfluidics device.

"I graduated form UCD in 2017, now I’m an Engineer in a Biomedical Company. My main interests include biomaterials and medical devices. It has been an honor for me to have the opportunity to work in Dr Nan Zhang’s lab. And learn from so many experienced teachers and technicians. Wherever your interests lie, he will give you a broad yet detailed understanding of materials science and its engineering applications."


+353 (0)1 716 1989

Centre of Micro/Nano Manufacturing Technology (MNMT-Dublin) 

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

University College Dublin,

Belfield Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland