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


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

Cui, D, Zhang, P, Li, H, Zhang, Z, Song, Y & Yang, Z 2020, 'The dynamic effects of different inorganic arsenic species in crucian carp (Carassius auratus) liver during chronic dietborne exposure: bioaccumulation, biotransformation and oxidative stress', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 727, 138737. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138737

Xie, C, Zhang, J, Ma, Y, Ding, Y, Zhang, P, Zheng, L, Chai, Z, Zhao, Y, Zhang, Z & He, X 2019, 'Bacillus subtilis causes dissolution of ceria nanoparticles at the nano–bio interface', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 6, pp. 216-223 . https://doi.org/10.1039/C8EN01002A

Abdolahpur Monikh, F, Arenas-lago, D, Porcal, P, Grillo, R, Zhang, P, Guo, Z, Vijver, MG & J. G. M. Peijnenburg, W 2019, 'Do the joint effects of size, shape and ecocorona influence the attachment and physical eco(cyto)toxicity of nanoparticles to algae?', Nanotoxicology. https://doi.org/10.1080/17435390.2019.1692381

Zhang, P, Ma, Y, Xie, C, Guo, Z, He, X, Valsami-Jones, E, Lynch, I, Luo, W, Zheng, L & Zhang, Z 2019, 'Plant species-dependent transformation and translocation of ceria nanoparticles', Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 60-67 . https://doi.org/10.1039/C8EN01089G

Martin, P, Zhang, P, Rodger, PM & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Simulations of morphological transformation in silver nanoparticles as a tool for assessing their reactivity and potential toxicity', NanoImpact, vol. 14, 100147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.impact.2019.100147, https://doi.org/10.1016/J.IMPACT.2019.100147

Zhang, P, Misra, S, Guo, Z, Rehkämper, M & Valsami-Jones, E 2019, 'Stable isotope labeling of metal/metal oxide nanomaterials for environmental and biological tracing', Nature protocols, vol. 14, pp. 2878–2899. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41596-019-0205-z

Ding, Y, Zhang, P, Ma, Y, Wu, J & He, X 2019, 'Toxicity of two different size ceria nanoparticles to mice after repeated intranasal instillation', Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 2474-2482. https://doi.org/10.1166/JNN.2019.16026


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, Zhang, Z, Fu, H, White, JC & Lynch, I 2020, 'Nanomaterial Transformation in the Soil-Plant System: Implications for Food Safety and Application in Agriculture', Small, vol. 16, no. 21, pp. e2000705. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202000705

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