Professor Bo Zhang received the 2020 Award in Electrochemistry from American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry. This award recognizes an individual who advances the field of electrochemical analysis through the development of novel instrumentation that has made a significant impact on the field, elucidation of fundamental events or processes important to the field, or authorship of work that has had an influential role in the development of the field. Professor Zhang will be recognized at the Division’s award ceremony at the Fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco in August 2020.
Professor Zhang’s research focuses on the development and application of new electrochemical and microscopy tools to understand the electrode/solution interface. Current efforts include probing the diffusion, collision, adsorption, and assembly of various molecular species and nanoparticles, understanding molecular behavior at various interfaces (e.g., solid/liquid, gas/liquid, liquid/liquid), and designing highly sensitive array-based bioanalytical tools. A unique aspect of the Zhang group’s approach is their use of highly sensitive optical methods (e.g., single-molecule, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy) to investigate electrochemical problems. They have developed several nanoscale electrochemical tools—including nanoelectrodes, nanopores, and electrochemical arrays—to image stochastic redox processes.
Professor Zhang’s previous accolades include selection by the Analytical Scientist as one of the 2014 Top 40 Under 40, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry’ Young Investigator Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship. He is currently serving a two-year term (2019-21) as the President of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry.