Zhenpeng Qin

Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Tags: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - 2014
MS - Mechanical Engineering
University of Akron - 2009
BS - Thermal and Power Engineering
Xi'an Jiaotong University - 2007

Research Areas

NanoThermal Bioenginering Laboratory

Biotransport and Nanotechnology, including

  • Fundamentals: Bio Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermo-Plasmonics, Optics
  • Diagnostics: Point-of-Care, Nano Biosensors, Immunoassay
  • Therapeutics: Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine, Cancer Nanotechnology

Our laboratory focuses on fundamental understanding of the bio-nano interface and translating this to biomedical applications. Current efforts focus on the thermo-plasmonic fundamentals and its effects at the interface between biological systems and nanomaterials. Specifically, experimental techniques and methods will be developed to understand the effects of nanoparticle plasmonic heating on proteins and other biomolecules immediately surrounding the nanoparticle. This leads to new enabling tools for fundamental research, and to applications in both diagnostic and therapeutic areas.

While developing technologies that will eventually translate into biomedical applications, we are also interested in tackling challenging problems from medical device and pharmaceutical industry with our unique set of knowledge and tools in the areas listed above. 

We are always looking for highly motivated individuals to join our laboratory. With the interdisciplinary nature of the work, candidates with different backgrounds (engineering, biology, chemistry etc) are welcome to apply. 


Boulware, D. R., Rolfes, M. A., Rajasingham, R., von Hohenberg, M., Qin, Z., Taseera, K., Schutz, C., Kwizera, R., Butler, E. K., Meintjes, G., Muzoora, C., Bischof, J. C. & Meya, D. B. Multisite Validation of Point-of-Care Cryptococcal Antigen Lateral Flow Assay and Quantification by Laser Thermal Contrast Measurement, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20(1), 45-53 2014 - Publication
Jiang, C., Qin, Z. & Bischof, J. C. Membrane-Targeting Approaches for Enhanced Cancer Cell Destruction with Irreversible Electroporation, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 42(1), 193-204 2014 - Publication
Qin, Z., Jiang, J., Long, G. & Bischof, J. C. Irreversible Electroporation: An in vivo Study With Dorsal Skin Fold Chamber, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41(3), 619-29 2013 - Publication
Qin, Z. & Bischof, J. C. Thermophysical and Biological Responses of Gold Nanoparticle Laser Heating,Chemical Society Review, 41, 1191-217 2012 - Publication
Qin, Z., Chan, W. C. W., Boulware, D. R., Akkin, T., Butler, E. K. & Bischof, J. C. Significantly Improved Analytical Sensitivity of Lateral Flow Immunoassays by Using Thermal Contrast. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51, 4358-61 2012 - Publication
Qin, Z., Zhe, J. & Wang, G. X. Effects of Particle's Off-Axis Position, Shape, Orientation and Entry Position on Resistance Changes of Micro Coulter Counting Devices, Measurement Science and Technology 22, 045804  2011 - Publication


Doctoral Dissertation Fellow
University of Minnesota [2013–2014]
College of Science and Engineering
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow
University of Minnesota [2012–2013]
Research Assistant
University of Minnesota [2009–2012]
Teaching Assistant
University of Akron [2007–2009]


NEMB talk 2013
2013–2013 Qin, Z., Scheychon, W., Chan, W. W. C., Boulware, D. R., Akkin, T., Butler, E. K. & Bischof, J. C. Significantly Improved Sensitivity of Lateral Flow Immunoassay by Using Thermal Contrast and The Design of Thermal Contrast Readers, ASME NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, Boston, MA, 2013

Additional Information

Selected Awards and Honors
  • Finalist, ASME NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB) Doctoral Poster Competition (2014)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2013)
  • Student Poster Award, Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Conference and Retreat, University of Minnesota (2013)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2012)
  • Gates Foundation Travel Award, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2012)
  • 2nd Place in Doctoral Student Paper Competition, ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference (2012)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2009)
  • Excellent Student Award by Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2006)
  • Baosteel Education Foundation Fellowship (2005)
  • China General Guangdong Nuclear Power Group Fellowship (2004)
  • University Siyuan Fellowship(2004)
  • National Scholarship of China (2003)

News Articles

Researchers Receive UT System Grant to Investigate the Brain
Three UT Dallas researchers are among the first grant recipients of a new UT System initiative that aims to fuel interdisciplinary and pioneering research on the human brain.

Among the 158 proposals submitted to UT BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), 45 recipients from various UT System institutions were named, totaling $4.5 million in funding. The UT Dallas recipients are: Dr. Zhenpeng Qin and Dr. Jun Wang, both from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr. Greg Dussor from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Each will receive $100,000.
Drug Delivery to the Brain
Brain tumors are known to be lethal, with a median survival of about 14.6 months for a type of cancer called glioblastoma multiforme, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. One of the obstacles to delivering drugs to the brain is the presence of blood-brain barrier, which allows only certain materials to cross from the bloodstream into brain tissue.

“The blood-brain barrier is a sophisticated structure that gives an optimal environment for brain function but also severely limits the penetration of anti-cancer drugs,” Qin said. “The goal of our project is to develop a novel approach to open the blood-brain barrier and allow the access of a wide range of therapeutic drugs to brain tumor cells.”
Jonsson School Engineer Opens New Avenue for Brain Cancer Treatment
A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has received a $900,000, three-year grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to continue his work developing a new way to deliver cancer drugs to brain tumors.
Dr. Zhenpeng Qin
, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the grant for his investigation of a novel way to get therapeutic drugs past the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is composed of densely packed cells that restrict and actively prevent the passage of substances from the bloodstream to the brain.