Yi Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

Yi is working on integration of lipid membranes with organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing applications. She focuses on optimizing conjugated polymer surfaces to achieve maximized vesicle fusion while using methods such as quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), fluorescence microscopy, and atomic force microscopy to monitor formation and disruption of lipid bilayers on selected electronic surfaces.

Selected Publications

  • Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer assembly on organic electrochemical transistors
    A.-M. Pappa, S. Inal, K. Roy, Y. Zhang, C. Pitsalidis, A. Hama, J. Pas, G.G. Malliaras, R.M. Owens
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9, 10427–10434, 2017 

  • Supported lipid bilayer assembly on PEDOT:PSS films and transistors
    Y. Zhang, S. Inal, C.-Y. Hsia, M. Ferro, M. Ferro, S. Daniel, R.M. Owens
    Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 7304–7313, 2016


  • ​Ph.D., Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, 2013
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Hebei Medical University, Hebei, China, 200

Professional Profile

  • ​2016 – Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Organic Bioelectronics Lab, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014 – 2016: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Bioelectronics, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, Gardanne, France
  • 2015: Visiting researcher, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • 2013 – 2014: Research assistant, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

KAUST Affiliations

Biological and Environmental 
Science & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Lipid membrane Biosensing Organic electronics Quartz crystal microbalance