Dr Peng Zhang PhD

Dr Peng Zhang

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marie Curie Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Peng Zhang is an environmental scientists and toxicologist who has multidisciplinary expertise including environmental chemistry, toxicology, and material science.


  1. Environmental toxicology and chemistry of contaminants
  2. Nanotoxicology
  3. Nano-enabled agricullture
  4. Nanomaterials for biomedical and environmental application
  5. Nano-biointerface interaction

Other activities

Peng is an active reviewer of nano- and environment related journals including Particle and Fibre Toxicology, Nanotoxicology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Environmental Pollution, and Plos One etc. He is currently in the Editorial Board of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which is a premier journal in environmental science. He is the full member of Society of Toxicology (USA), the member of the Society of the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Chinese Society of Toxicology.


Recent publications


Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Chakraborty, S, Chetwynd, AJ, Monikh, FA, Stark, C, Ali-Boucetta, H, Wilson, S, Lynch, I & Valsami-Jones, E 2021, 'Biotransformation modulates the penetration of metallic nanomaterials across an artificial blood–brain barrier model', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 118, no. 28, e2105245118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2105245118

Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Monikh, FA, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Zhang, Z 2021, 'Growing rice (Oryza sativa) aerobically reduces phytotoxicity, uptake, and transformation of CeO2 nanoparticles', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 55, no. 13, pp. 8654-8664. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c08813

Monikh, FA, Chupani, L, Arenas-Lago, D, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Darbha, GK, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Vijver, MG, Bodegom, PMV & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2021, 'Particle number-based trophic transfer of gold nanomaterials in an aquatic food chain', Nature Communications, vol. 12, no. 1, 899. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-21164-w

Zhang, P, Wu, X, Guo, Z, Yang, X, Hu, X & Lynch, I 2021, 'Stress Response and Nutrient Homeostasis in Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) Exposed to Graphene Quantum Dots Are Modulated by Particle Surface Functionalization', Advanced Biology, pp. 2000778. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202000778

Guo, Z, Chakraborty, S, Monikh, FA, Varsou, D-D, Chetwynd, AJ, Afantitis, A, Lynch, I & Zhang, P 2021, 'Surface functionalization of graphene-based materials: biological behavior, toxicology, and safe-by-design aspects', Advanced Biology, vol. 5, no. 9, 2100637. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202100637

Monikh, FA, Vijver, MG, Mitrano, DM, Leslie, HA, Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Lynch, I, Valsami-Jones, E & Peijnenburg, WJGM 2021, 'The analytical quest for sub-micron plastics in biological matrices', Nano Today, vol. 41, 101296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nantod.2021.101296

Wang, Y, Zhang, P, Li, M, Guo, Z, Ullah, S, Rui, Y & Lynch, I 2020, 'Alleviation of nitrogen stress in rice (Oryza sativa) by ceria nanoparticles', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 2930-2940. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0EN00757A

Cui, D, Zhang, P, Li, H, Zhang, Z, Luo, W & Yang, Z 2020, 'Biotransformation of dietary inorganic arsenic in a freshwater fish Carassius auratus and the unique association between arsenic dimethylation and oxidative damage', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 391, 122153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122153

Guo, Z, Luo, Y, Zhang, P, Chetwynd, AJ, Qunhui Xie, H, Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Tao, W, Xie, C, Liu, Y, Xu, SL, Zhang, Z, Valsami-jones, E, Lynch, I & Zhao, B 2020, 'Deciphering the particle specific effects on metabolism in rat liver and plasma from ZnO nanoparticles versus ionic Zn exposure', Environment International, vol. 136, 105437. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105437

Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Chetwynd, AJ, Xie, HQ, Valsami-Jones, E, Zhao, B & Lynch, I 2020, 'Elucidating the mechanism of the surface functionalization dependent neurotoxicity of graphene family nanomaterials', Nanoscale, vol. 12, no. 36, pp. 18600-18605. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0nr04179c

Xie, C, Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Li, X, Pang, Q, Zheng, K, He, X, Ma, Y, Zhang, Z & Lynch, I 2020, 'Elucidating the origin of the surface functionalization - dependent bacterial toxicity of graphene nanomaterials: Oxidative damage, physical disruption, and cell autolysis', Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141546

Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Luo, W, Monikh, FA, Xie, C, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I & Zhang, Z 2020, 'Graphene oxide induced pH alteration, iron overload and subsequent oxidative damage in rice (Oryza. sativa L.): a new mechanism of nanomaterial phytotoxicity', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 3181-3190. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b05794

Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Luo, Y, Xie, HQ, Chakraborty, S, Monikh, FA, Bu, L, Liu, Y, Ma, Y, Zhang, Z, Valsami-Jones, E, Zhao, B & Lynch, I 2020, 'Intranasal exposure to ZnO nanoparticles induces alterations in cholinergic neurotransmission in rat brain', Nano Today, vol. 35, 100977. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nantod.2020.100977


Guo, Z, Zhang, P, Xie, HQ, Zhao, B & Lynch, I 2020, 'First in vivo evidence for compromised brain energy metabolism upon intranasal exposure to ZnO nanoparticles', Environmental Science and Technology Letters, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 315–322. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00176

Review article

Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Ullah, S, Melagraki, G, Afantitis, A & Lynch, I 2021, 'Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence to enable sustainable and precision agriculture', Nature Plants, vol. 7, pp. 864–876. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-021-00946-6

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