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, 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. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00176

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

Zhang, P 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

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

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, 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

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, 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

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

Guo, Z, Xie, HQ, Zhang, P, Luo, Y, Xu, T, Liu, Y, Fu, H, Xu, SL, Valsami-Jones, E, Boksa, P & Zhao, B 2018, 'Dioxins as potential risk factors for autism spectrum disorder', Environment International, vol. 121, no. 1, pp. 906-915. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.10.028, https://doi.org/https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018315678

Konate, A, Wang, Y, He, X, Adeel, M, Zhang, P, Ma, Y, Ding, Y, Zhang, J, Yang, J, Kizito, S, Rui, Y & Zhang, Z 2018, 'Comparative effects of nano and bulk-Fe3O4 on the growth of cucumber (Cucumis sativus)', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol. 165, pp. 547-554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.09.053

Ma, Y, Yao, Y, Yang, J, He, X, Ding, Y, Zhang, P, Zhang, J, Wang, G, Xie, C, Luo, W, Zhang, J, Zheng, L, Chai, Z, Zhao, Y & Zhang, Z 2018, 'Trophic transfer and transformation of CeO2 nanoparticles along a terrestrial food chain: influence of exposure routes', Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 52, no. 14, pp. 7921-7927. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b00596

Rui, Y, Yang, J, Ma, Y, Zhang, P, He, X, Konate, A & Alugongo, G 2018, 'Alleviation of cadmium-induced changes on growth, antioxidative enzyme activities and lipid peroxidation in crop seedings by magnetic (fe3o4) nanoparticles', Fresenius Environmental Bulletin.

Cerruti, M, Murshed, M, Marulanda, J, Gourgas, O & Zhang, P 2018, 'Multidisciplinary Approach to Understand Medial Arterial CalcificationHighlights', Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.117.309808

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