Liwen Zhang

PhD Students

​Ph.D. Student (1st year, Subgroup Green)​


Research Interest

  • ​I am interested in designing enzyme, light and pH dependent activatable nanoparticles for drug delivery and tumor immunotherapy;
  • I can also use multimodality imaging technologies to monitor cancer therapy response, including MRI, PET, SPECT, photoacoustics imaging and optical imaging;

Selected Publications

  • ​Shi Gao#, Liwen Zhang# (equal contribution first author), Jie Yang, Qingjie Ma*, Lei Zhu*. Hybrid Graphene/Au Activatable Theranostic Agent for Multimodalities Imaging Guided Enhanced Photothermal Therapy. Biomaterials, 2016, 79, 36-45
  • Guohao Wang, Fan Zhang, Liwen Zhang, Shi Gao, Guifeng Fu, Qingjie Ma, Lei Zhu*. Dual-Targeted Indocyanine Green-Hyaluronic Acid Nanoparticle Fabricated Nanotubes for Photoacoustic Imaging Guided Enhanced Phototherapy. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 5608–5617
  • Liwen Zhang, Pengfei Rong, Minglong Chen, Shi Gao*, Lei Zhu*. A Novel Single Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT) Functionalization Agent Facilitating in Vivo Combined Chemo/Thermo Therapy. Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 16204-16213. (Cover story)
  • Jingjing Wang, Liwen Zhang, Minglong Chen, Shi Gao, Lei Zhu*. Activatable Ferritin Nanocomplex for Real-Time Monitoring of Caspases-3 Activation during Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 23248 − 23256
  • Liwen Zhang, Shi Gao, Fan Zhang, Kai Yang, Qingjie Ma, Lei Zhu*. Activatable Hyaluronic Acid Nanoparticle as a Theranostic Agent for Optical/Photoacoustic Image-Guided Photothermal Therapy. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 12250-12258


  • ​2017-present, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KSA
  • 2013-2016, M.S., Xiamen University, China
  • 2008-2013, B.S., Xi’an Medical University, China


  • ​The Bendong Scholarship (one of the best scholarship in Xiamen University), 2016
  • National Scholarship for Graduate Students, China, 2015

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center(AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)