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Junrong Zheng
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
 
e-mail:junrong@rice.edu
 
  • B.S. Chemistry (1997) Peking University, Beijing, P R China
  • M.S. Polymer Chemistry (2000) Peking University, Beijing, P R China
  • M.S. Polymer Physics (2003) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry (2007) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemistry
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Websites
 The Zheng Research Group
 

Junrong Zheng 2011

 

We are developing innovative techniques and methods to seek the molecular-level understanding of the common basic principles underneath many seemingly unrelated macroscopic phenomena ranging from heat dissipations in CPU, cell signaling, biomolecular denaturation and recognitions, batteries, heterogeneous catalysts, nanophotonics, and chemical dynamics of energetic materials. At the atomic level, all these sophisticated observations are dictated by the atomic coordinates and their time evolutions and energy fluctuations associated with the change of the coordinates. At the molecular level, the atomic properties are reflected by the three-dimensional molecular conformations and their fluctuations and the fluctuation induced molecular vibrations, rotations, and translations. Fundamental knowledge about these molecular details will be indispensable for the current nanotechnology to advance into a next level: angstromtechnology. See our recent progress (http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~jz8/home.html)

 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Chen, H. L., Bian, H. T., Li, J. B., Wen, X. W., Zhang, Q., Zhuang, W., & Zheng, J. R., (2015) Vibrational Energy Transfer: An Angstrom Molecular Ruler - in Studies of Ion Pairing and Clustering in Aqueous Solutions.  J. Phys. Chem. B., 119, 4333-4349 (Invited Feature Article)

 
 

Chen, H. L., Zhang, Q., Guo, X. M., Wen, X. W., Li, J. B., Zhuang, W., & Zheng, J. R., (2015) Nonresonant Energy Transfers Independent on the Phonon Densities in Polyatomic Liquids. J. Phys. Chem. A., 119, 669–680

 
 

Guo, X. M., Wen, X. W., & Zheng, J. R., (2015) Electron-Phonon Interactions in MoS2 Probed with Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Visible/Far-Infrared Spectroscopy.  J. Chem. Phys., 142, 212447

 
 

Jiebo Li, Huifeng Qian, Hailong Chen, Zhun Zhao, Kaijun Yuan, Guangxu Chen, Andrea Miranda, Xunmin Guo, Yajing Chen, Nanfeng Zheng, Michael S. Wong2, & Junrong Zheng, (2015) Two Distinctive Energy Migration Pathways of Monolayer Molecules on Metal Nanoparticle Surfaces. Nat. Comm., revision

 
 

Qiang Zhang, Hailong Chen, Ruiting Zhang, Tianmin Wu, Zhijun Pan, Junrong Zheng, Yiqin Gao, Wei Zhuang (2015) The opposite effects of sodium and potassium cations on water dynamics. Nature, revision

 
 

Shen, Y. N., Wu, T. M., Jiang, B., Deng, G. H., Li, J. B., Chen, H. L., Guo, X. M., Ge, C. Q., Chen, Y. J., Hong, J. Y., Yang, X. M., Yuan, K. J., Wei, Z., & Zheng, J. R., (2015) Comparison Studies on Sub-Nanometer-Sized Ion Clusters in Aqueous Solutions: Vibrational Energy Transfers, MD Simulations, and Neutron Scattering.  J. Phys. Chem. B., 119, 9893–9904

 
 

Chen, H. L., Bian, H. T., Li, J. B., Wen, X. W., Zhang, Q., Zhuang, W., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Ion Pairing and Clustering in Aqueous Solutions Probed with Vibrational Energy Transfer. J. Phys. Chem. B. (Invited feature article) Submitted.

 
 

Chen, H. L., Guo, X.M., Wen, X. W., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Electron-Phonon Interactions in MoS2 Probed with Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Visible/Far-Infrared Spectroscopy. J. Chem. Phys. (Invited article) Submitted.

 
 

Chen, H. L., Wen, X. W., Guo, X.M., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Intermolecular Vibrational Energy Transfers in Liquids and Solids Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 13995-14014.

 
 

Chen, H. L., Wen, X. W., Li, J. B., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Molecular Distances Determined with Resonant Vibrational Energy Transfers J. Phys. Chem. A. 118, 2463-2469.

 
 

Chen, H. L., Zhang, Q., Guo, X.M., Wen, X. W., Li, J. B., Zhuang, W., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Nonresonant Energy Transfers Independent on the Phonon Densities in Polyatomic Liquids. J. Phys. Chem. A. DOI: 10.1021/jp511651t

 
 

Nickel, D. V., Delaney, S. P., Bian, H. T., & Zheng, J. R., Korter, T. M., & Mittleman, D. M., (2014) Terahertz Vibrational Modes of the Rigid Crystal Phase of Succinonitrile. J. Phys. Chem. A. 118, 2442-2446

 
 

Wen, X. W., Zheng, J.R., (2014) Broadband THz reflective polarization rotator by multiple plasmon resonances. Opt. Exp. 22, 28292-28300.

 
 

Yuan, K. J., Bian, H. T., Shen, Y. N., Jiang, B., Li, J. B., Zhang, Y. F., Chen, H. L., & Zheng, J. R., (2014) Coordination Number of Li+ in Nonaqueous Electrolyte Solutions Determined by Molecular Rotational Measurements J. Phys. Chem. B. 118, 3689-3695.

 
 

H. L. Chen, H. T. Bian, J. B. Li, X. M. Guo, X. W. Wen, and J. R. Zheng "Molecular Conformations of Crystalline L-Cysteine Determined with Vibrational Cross Angle Measurements." J. Phys. Chem. B, 117 (2013) : 15614-15624.


DOI: 10.1021/jp406232k
 
 

H. L. Chen, H. T. Bian, J. B. Li, X. W. Wen, and J. R. Zheng "Relative Intermolecular Orientation Probed via Molecular Heat Transport." J. Phys. Chem. A, 117 (2013) : 6052-6065.

 
 

H. L. Chen, X. W. Wen, J. B. Li, and J. R. Zheng "Inverted Energy-Gap Dependent Energy Transfers in Solids and Liquids."  (2013) Submitted

 
 

H. L. Chen, X. W. Wen, J. B. Li, and J. R. Zheng "Molecular Distances Determined with Resonant Vibrational Transfers."  (2013) Submitted

 
 

H. L. Chen, Y. F. Zhang, J. B. Li, H. J. Liu, D. E. Jiang, and J. R. Zheng "Vibrational Transition Moment Cross Angles in Condensed Molecules: A Structural Tool." J. Phys. Chem. A, 117 (2013) : 8407-8415.

 
 

H. T. Bian, H. L. Chen, Q. Zhang, J. B. Li, X. W. Wen, W. Zhuang, and J. R. Zheng "Cation Effects on Rotational Dynamics of Anions and Water Molecules in Alkali (Li+, Na+, K+, Cs+) Thiocyanate (SCN-) Aqueous Solutions." J. Phys. Chem. B, 117 (2013) : 7972-7984.

 
 

J. B. Li, H. T. Bian, H. L. Chen, B. Hoang, and J. R. Zheng "Ion Association in Aqueous Solutions Probed through Vibrational Energy Transfers among Cation, Anion and Water Molecules." J. Phys. Chem. B, 117 (2013) : 4274-4283.

 
 

K. J. Yuan, H. T. Bian, Y. N. Sheng, B. Jiang, J. B. Li, Y. F. Zhang, H. L. Chen, and J. R. Zheng "Coordination Number of Li+ in Nonaqueous Electrolyte Solutions Determined by Molecular Rotational Measurements."  (2013) Submitted

 
 

Q. Zhang, W. J. Xie, H. T. Bian, Y. Q. Gao, J. R. Zheng, and W. Zhuang "Microscopic Origin of Dynamical Heterogeneities in KSCN Aqueous Solutions: A MD Simulation Study." J. Phys. Chem. B, 117 (2013) : 2992-3004.

 
 

H. Bian, J. Li, H. Chen, K. Yuan, X. Wen, Y. Li, Z. Sun, J. Zheng "Molecular Conformations and Dynamics on Surfaces of Gold Nanoparticles Probed with Multiple-Mode Multiple-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy." J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (2012) : 7913-7924.

 
 

H. Bian, J. Li, Q. Zhang, H. Chen, W. Zhuang, Y. Gao, J. Zheng "Ion Segregation in Aqueous Solutions." J. Phys. Chem. B, 116 (2012) : 14426-14432.

 
 

H. Chen, H. Bian, J. Li, X. Wen, and J. Zheng "Ultrafast multiple-mode multiple-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy." Int. Rev. Phys. Chem., 31 (2012) : 469-595.

 
 

H. Chen, H. Bian, L. Li, X. Wen, and J. Zheng "Relative intermolecular orientation probed via molecular heat transport." J. Phys. Chem. A (2012) In Revision

 
 

J. Li, H. Bian, H. Chen, X. Wen, B. Hoang, and J. Zheng "Ion Association in Aqueous Solutions Probed through Vibrational Energy Transfers among Cation, Anion and Water Molecules." J. Phys. Chem. B, ASAP (2012)

 
 

J. Li, H. Bian, X. Wen, H. Chen, K. Yuan, and J. Zheng "Probing Ion/Molecule Interactions in Aqueous Solutions with Vibrational Energy Transfer." J. Phys. Chem. B, 116 (2012) : 12284-12294.

 
 

Q. Zhang, W. Xie, H. Bian, Y. Gao, J. Zheng "Microscopic Origin of Dynamical Heterogeneities in the KSCN Aqueous Solution." J. Phys. Chem. B (2012) In Revision

 
 

H. Bian, H. Chen, J. Li, X. Wen, J. Zheng "Nonresonant and resonant mode-specific intermolecular vibrational energy transfers in electrolyte aqueous solutions." J. Phys. Chem. A, 115 (2011) : 11657-11664.

 
 

H. Bian, J. Li, X. Wen, H. Chen, K. Yuan, Y. Li, Z. Sun, J. Zheng "Molecular conformations and dynamics on surfaces of gold nanoparticles probed with multiple-mode multiple-dimensional infrared spectroscopy." Nature (2011) Submitted

 
 

H. Bian, J. Li, X. Wen, Z. Sun, J. Song, W. Zhuang, J. Zheng "Mapping molecular conformations with multiple-mode two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy." J. Phys. Chem. A, 115 (2011) : 3357-3365.

 
 

H. Bian, X. Wen, J. Li, H. Chen, S. Han, X. Sun, J. Song, W. Zhuang, J. Zheng "Ion clustering in aqueous solutions probed with vibrational energy transfer." Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 (2011) : 4737-4742.

 
 

J. Li, H. Bian, X. Wen, H. Chen, J. Zheng "Probing Ion/Protein-Building-Block Molecular Interactions in Aqueous Solutions with Vibrational Energy Transfer." Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2011) Submitted

 
 

H. Bian, J. Li, X. Wen, and J. Zheng "Mode-specific intermolecular vibrational energy transfer. I. Phenyl selenocyanate and deuterated chloroform mixture." J. Chem. Phys., 132 (2010) : 184505.

 
 

H. Bian, X. Wen, J. Li, and J. Zheng "Mode-specific intermolecular vibrational energy transfer II. Deuterated water and potassium selenocyanate mixture." J. Chem. Phys., 133 (2010) : 034505.

 
 

H. T. Bian, W. Zhao, J. R. Zheng "Intermolecular Vibrational Energy Exchange Directly Probed with Ultrafast Two Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy." J. Chem. Phys., 131 (2009) : 124501.

 
 

J. Zheng, M. D. Fayer "Solute-Solvent Complex Kinetics and Thermodynamics Probed by 2D-IR Vibrational Echo Chemical Exchange Spectroscopy." J. Phys. Chem. B, 112 (2008) : 10221-10227.

 
 Books
 

J. Zheng "Ultrafast Chemical Exchange Spectroscopy."  (2008) : 1-216.

 
 Other
 

J. Zheng "2D IR spectroscopy." Wuli (Physics in Chinese), 39 (2010) : 162.

 
Presentations
 Invited Talks
 

"Determining Reaction Intermediate Structures with Vibrational Cross Angle Method." American Chemical Society, Boston, MA. (August 2015)

 
 

"Intermolecular Vibrational Energy Transfers in Liquids: Phonon-Compensation or Dephasing?." PacifiChem, Honolulu. HA. (December 2015)

 
 

"Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool." University of Califonia, Irvine, Irvina, CA. (November 2015)

 
 

AFOSR Contractor Meeting, May 2014 (Invited)

Arlington, VA

“Chemical Dynamics and Structures on Metal Nanomaterials”

 
 

ACSmeeting, August 2014 (Invited)

San Francisco, CA

“Chemical Dynamics and Structures on Metal Nanomaterials”

 
 

Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy and Dynamics, August 2014 (Invited)

Biddeford, ME

“Ion Clustering in Aqueous Solutions Probed with Vibrational Energy Transfers”

 
 

ACS meeting, March 2014 (Invited)

Dallas, TX

“Ion Clustering in Strong Electrolyte Aqueous Solutions”

 
 

UFSS (2nd Conference of Chinese Ultrafast Spectroscopy Society), Jul. 2014 (invited)

Institute of Physics, Beijing, China

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

"Ion Clustering in Strong Electrolyte Aqueous Solutions." Chemical Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (August, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. (March, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." 1st Conference of Chinese Ultrafast Spectroscopy Society (UFSS), Renmin University of China, Beijing, China. (July, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (March, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. (October, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. (October, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (March, 2013)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multi-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Structural Tool." Department of Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. (March, 2013)

 
 

"Vibrational Cross Angles: A Structural Tool." 40th Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (October, 2013)

 
 

"Vibrational Energy Transfers." Liquid Dynamics Mini Symposium, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China. (June, 2013)

 
 

"3D molecular conformations and vibrational dynamics on the surfaces of metal nanoparticles probed with multiple-mode multiple-dimensional vibrational spectrscopy." 243rd National Meeting of The American Chemical Society, San Diego, California. (March, 2012) With H. Bian

 
 

"Ion clustering in aqueous solutions probed with vibrational energy transfer." 243rd National Meeting of The American Chemical Society, San Diego, California. (March, 2012) With H. Bian

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multiple-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy." Institute of Physics, Beijing, China. (July, 2012)

 
 

"Vibrational Energy Transfer as a Molecular Ruler." 6th International Conference on Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany. (July, 2012)

 
 

"3D Molecular Conformations in Liquids and on Metal Nanoparticle Surfaces Mapped with Multiple-Mode Multiple-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy." 67th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Austin, Texas. (November, 2011)

 
 

"Vibrational Energy Transfer as a Molecular Ruler." 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, Colorado. (August, 2011)

 
 

"2D IR Spectroscopy." Institute of Physics, Beijing, China. (July, 2010)

 
 

Presider of Section 3.  "Surface Plasmon Aided Sum-Frequency Generation." 2009 Molecular Spectroscopy Section, FACSS (Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies), Louisville, Kentucky. (October) With Y. R. Shen, F. Wang, J. Sung, W. Liu, H. Bian

 
 

"Ultrafast Chemical Exchange 2D IR Spectroscopy." Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China. (December, 2009)

 
 Other
 

"Molecular Conformations and Dynamics on Metal Nanoparticles." 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (April, 2013)

 
 

"Short-Range Molecular Distance Determined with Vibrational Energy Transfer." 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (April, 2013)

 
 

"Supercontinuum-Based 2D IR: A Structural Tool." 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (April, 2013)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

Nordita Water Program Seminar, November 2014 (Invited)

Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden

“Ion Clustering Probed with Vibrational Energy Transfer” 

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), February. 2014 (Invited)

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), April. 2014 (Invited)

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), April. 2014 (Invited)

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), April. 2014 (Invited)

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), April. 2014 (Invited)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), April. 2014 (Invited)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), February. 2014 (Invited)

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), February. 2014 (Invited)

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), May. 2014 (Invited)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

Chemistry departmental seminar (physical chemistry), September 2014 (Invited)

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

“Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool”

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multiple Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy." Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. (July, 2012)

 
 

"Multiple-Mode Multiple-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy." Department of Chemistry Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. (July, 2012)

 
 

"Negative Get-Togethers." Department of Physics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. (May, 2011)

 
 

"Vibrational Energy Transfer as a Molecular Ruler." Soft Material Seminar, Institute of Physics, Beijing, China. (June, 2011)

 
 

"Vibrational Energy Transfer as a Molecular Ruler ." College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. (July, 2011)

 
Editorial Positions
 Editor for Special Issue, J. Phys. Chem. (2 issues). (2012 - 2012)

 Editor for Special Issue, J. Phys. Chem (2 issues). (2013 - 2013)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Jiebo Li, Ph.D. Vibrational Energy Dissipation in Condensed Phase Investigated by Multiple-Mode Mutliple-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy. (2014) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2014)

 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, Packard Foundation (2011)

 Air Force Young Investigator Research Award, Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (2010)