Dr. Peng ZHANG

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Office: FG608

Lab: GH034, DE007

Tel: (852)2766-6664, Fax: (852)2365-4703





Associate Professor

July 2017 - Present

Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Assistant Professor

July 2012 - June 2017

Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

CEFRC Fellow

July 2010 - June 2012

Combustion Energy Frontier Research Centre (CEFRC), Princeton University

Postdoctoral Research Associate

April 2010 - June 2010

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Research Staff

July 2003 - August 2004

Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

April 2010

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering

July 2003

Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

July 2000

Department of Morden Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China

Honors and Awards

  • Guest Professor

State Key Laboratory of High-temperature Gas Dynamics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017

  • Research Grant Achievement Award

Faculty of Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016

  • The Appreciation of Research Achievement

Committee of Science and Technology of Innovation of Shenzhen, 2014

  • CEFRC Fellowship

Combustion Energy Frontier Research Centre, Princeton University, 2010

  • Wu Prize for Excellence

Princeton University, 2008

  • Yongling Liu Fellowship

Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2004

  • Yung-Huai Kuo Fellowship

Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2002

  • Best Senior Thesis Prize

University of Science and Technology of China, 2000


Journal Publications (under review)


  • D. Zhang, D. Yu, P. Zhang, Y. Yuen, and X. Fan, Structural Characteristics in Hypergolic Ignition Induced by Binary Collision of Bipropellant Droplets of Monoethanolamine-based Fuel and Hydrogen Peroxide, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (submitted)​​​


  • Y. Chi, Q. Meng, L. Zhang  and P. Zhang*, An ONIOM-based Thermochemistry Study of Hydrogen Abstraction Reactions of n-CnH2n+2 + R (n=1-16, R=H, OH, HO2), Proc. Combust. Inst. (under review)


Journal Publications (2021)

  • C. He, Y. Chi and P. Zhang*, Approximate Reconstruction of Torsional Potential Energy Surface based on Voronoi Tessellation, Proc. Combust. Inst. (accepted); also see arXiv:2008.02504v1

  • M. Yang, C. Liao, C. Tang, P. Zhang, Z. Huang, Theoretical studies on the initial reaction kinetics and mechanisms of p-, m- and o-nitrotoluene, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (PCCP) (accepted)

  • K. Sun, F. Jia, P. Zhang, L. Shu and T. Wang, Marangoni effect in bi-propellant droplet mixing, Phys. Review Applied (accepted)

  • T. Huang, Q. Zhang, L. Yue, P. Zhang, and X. Chang, Hysteresis of shock train movement in a Mach 3 isolator with a ramp, AIAA Journal (accepted)

  • M. Yang, C. Liao, C. Tang, P. Zhang, Z. Huang, The auto-ignition behaviors and risk assessments of double-base propellant containing different 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethene particle sizes under rapid heating, Combustion and Flame (accepted) 

  • C. He and P. Zhang, A Computational Model for Spinning Effects on Post-collision Velocities of Bouncing Droplets, Atomization and Sprays (accepted)

  • L. Yang,  Z. Li, T. Yang, Y. Chi, P. Zhang, An Experimental Study on Droplet Splash and Receding Breakup on a Smooth Surface at Atmospheric Pressure, Langmuir (accepted)

  • M. Qin, T. Yang, Y. Song, C. Tang and P. Zhang, Subpatterns of thin-sheet splash of a droplet impact on a heated surface, Langmuir (accepted).

  • K. Wu, P. Zhang and X. Fan,  On jet-wake flame stabilization in scramjet: LES/RANS study from chemical kinetic and fluid-dynamical perspectives, Aerospace Science and Technology (accepted).


Journal Publications (2020)

  • C. He and P. Zhang*, Non-axisymmetric flow characteristics in head-on collision of spinning droplets, Physical Review Fluids (accepted)

  • Q. Meng, L. Zhang, Y. Chi, Q. Chen, and P. Zhang*, Influence of Torsional Anharmonicity on the Reactions of Methyl Butanoate with Hydroperoxyl Radical, J. Phys. Chem. A (accepted)​

  • F. Jia, K. Sun, P. Zhang, C. Yin, and T. Wang, Marangoni effect on the impact of droplets onto a liquid-gas interface, Physical Review Fluids (accepted).

  • M. Qin, C. Tang, Y. Guo, P. Zhang, and Z. Huang, Spreading and Bouncing of Liquid Alkane Droplets upon Impacting on a Heated Surface, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (accepted).

  • Q. Meng, B. Feng, L. Zhang*, P. Zhang* and L. Sheng, Theoretical Chemical Kinetics for Catalytic Pyrolysis of Methyl Acetate over H-ZSM-5 Zeolites, Fuel (accepted)

  • M. Qin, C. Tang, Y. Guo, P. Zhang, and Z. Huang, Sub-patterns of thin sheet splash on a smooth surface, Langmuir (accepted).

  • C. He, X. Xia, P. Zhang*, Vortex-Dynamical Implications of Nonmonotonic Viscous Dissipation of Off-center Droplet Bouncing, Phys. Fluids (accepted)

  • X. Zhu, X. Xia and P. Zhang*, Stability of Buoyant Inverse Diffusion Methane Flames with Confinement Effects, Combustion Science and Technology (in press). DOI: 10.1080/00102202.2019.1619708​

  • Q. Meng, X. Lin, Y. Thai, L. Zhang*, P. Zhang* and L. Sheng, A theoretical investigation on Bell-Evans-Polanyi correlations for hydrogen abstraction reactions of large biodiesel molecules by H and OH radicals, Combustion and Flame (accepted)

  • T. Huang, L. Yue, S. Ma, Q. Zhang, P. Zhang, and X. Chang, Numerical investigation on flow nonuniformity-induced hysteresis in the scramjet isolator, Chinese Journal of Aeronautics (accepted)


Journal Publications (2019)

  • Z. Feng, C. Tang*, Y. Yin, P. Zhang* and Z. Huang, Time-resolved droplet size and velocity distributions in a dilute regions of a high-pressure pulsed diesel spray, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 133 (2019) 745-755.

  • J. Wu, H. Ning, L. Ma, P. Zhang and W. Ren*, Cascaded group-additivity ONIOM: a new method to approach CCSD(T)/CBS energies of large aliphatic hydrocarbons, Combustion and Flame 201 (2019) 31-43.

  • Y. Li*, P. Zhang*, N. Kang and F. Liu, Rayleigh-Taylor instability on a spherical droplet with nonradial disturbances, Applied Mathematical Modelling 67 (2019) 634-644.

  • K. Wu, P. Zhang*, W. Yao* and X. Fan, Computational realization of multiple flame stabilization modes in DLR strut-injection hydrogen supersonic combustor, Proceedings of Combustion Institute 37 (2019) 3685-3692. 

  • Q. Meng, Y. Chi, L. Zhang*, P. Zhang* and L. Sheng, A theoretical kinetics study on isomerization and dissociation reactions of methyl decanoate radicals, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics 21 (2019), 5232-5242. 

  • Y. Wu, M. Yang, C. Tang, Y. Liu, P. Zhang, Z. Huang, Promoting “adiabatic core” approximation in a rapid compression machine by an optimized creviced piston design, Fuel 251 (2019) 328-340.

  • T. Yang, X. Xia and P. Zhang*, Anti-phase and In-phase Flickering of Dual Pool Flames, Physical Review Fluids 4, 053202 (2019). arXiv:1803.10411

  • C. He, X. Xia, and P. Zhang*, Non-monotonic Viscous Dissipation of Bouncing Droplets undergoing Off-center Collision, Physics of Fluids 31, 052004 (2019).

  • M. Qin, C. Tang*, S. Tong, Y. Guo, X. Weng, P. Zhang* and Z. Huang, On the role of liquid viscosity in affecting droplet spreading on a smooth solid surface, International Journal of Multiphase Flow 117 (2019) 53-63.​​​​

  • D. Zhang, D. Yu, P. Zhang*, Y. Yuan, L. Yue, T. Zhang and X. Fan, Hypergolic Ignition Modulated by Head-on Collision, Intermixing and Convective Cooling of Binary Droplets with Varying Sizes, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 139 (2019) 475-481.

  • X. Xia, C. He and P. Zhang*, Universality in the viscous-to-inertial coalescence of liquid droplets, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019 116 (47) 23467-23472. Other submissions: arXiv:1906.04970 & arXiv:1803.05789​.

  • Z. Zhang and P. Zhang*, Numerical interpretation to the roles of liquid viscosity in droplet spreading at small Weber numbers, Langmuir 2019, 35, 16164-16171.


Journal Publications (2018)

  • Y. Li*, P. Zhang* and N. Kang,  Linear analysis on the interfacial instability of a spherical liquid droplet subject to a radial vibration, Physical of Fluids 30, 102104 (2018).

  • Z. Zhang and P. Zhang*, Modelling kinetic energy dissipation of bouncing droplets for Lagrangian simulation of impinging sprays under high ambient pressures, Atomization and Sprays, 28(8):673-694 (2018).

  • X. Xia and P. Zhang*, A vortex-dynamical scaling theory for flickering buoyant diffusion flames, Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2018) vol. 855, pp.1156-1169.

  • D. Zhang, C. He, P. Zhang* and C. Tang, Mass Interminglement and Hypergolic Ignition of TMEDA and WFNA Droplets by Off-center Collision, Combustion and Flame 197(2018) 276-289.

  • Z. Zhang, P. Zhang*and Z. Zhao, Cross-Impingement and Combustion of Sprays in High-Pressure Chamber and Opposed-piston Compression Ignition Engine, Applied Thermal Engineering, 144 (2018) 137-146.

  • L. Zhang, Q. Meng, Y. Chi and P. Zhang*,Toward High-Level Theoretical Studies of Large Biodiesel Molecules: An ONIOM [QCISD(T)/CBS:DFT] Study of the Reactions between Unsaturated Methyl Esters (CnH2n−1COOCH3) and Hydrogen Radical. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122 (2018) 4882-4893. 

  • Q. Meng, X. Zhao, L. Zhang*, P. Zhang*, and L. Sheng, A theoretical kinetics study on low-temperature reactions of methyl acetate radicals with molecular oxygen. Combustion and Flame, 196 (2018) 66-75.

  • X. Zhu, X. Xia, and P. Zhang*, Near-field Flow Stability of Buoyant Methane/Air Inverse Diffusion Flames. Combustion and Flame, 191 (2018) 66-75.

  • D. Yu and P. Zhang*, Circulation-controlled firewhirl with differential diffusion.Combustion and Flame, 189 (2018) 288–299.

  • L.Y. Yue, Y. Jia, X. Xu, X. Zhang, and P. Zhang, Effects of Cowl Shock on the Self-starting Characteristics of Hypersonic Inlets. Aerospace Science and Technology, 74 (2018) 72-80.

  • K. Sun, P. Zhang, Z. Che, and T. Wang, Marangoni-flow-induced partial coalescence of a droplet on a liquid/air interface. Physical Review Fluids 3, 023602 (2018).

  • K. Sun, P. Zhang*, M. Jia, and T. Wang, Collision-induced jet-like mixing for droplets of unequal-sizes. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 120 (2018) 218-227.


Journal Publications (2017)

  • X. Xia, C. He, J. Zhao, D. Yu, and P. Zhang*, Vortex-Ring-Induced Internal Mixing Upon the Coalescence of Initially Stationary Droplets.Physical Review Fluids, 2, 113607 (2017).

  • Z. Zhang and P. Zhang*, Kinetic Energy Recovery and Interface Hysteresis of Bouncing Droplets after Inelastic Head-on Collision, Physics of Fluids, 2017. 29, 103306.

  • K. Wu, P. Zhang*, W. Yao, and X. Fan, Numerical Investigation onFlame Stablization in DLR Hydrogen Supersonic Combustor with Strut Injection.Combustion Science and Technology, 2017.189(12): p. 2154-2179.

  • Z. Zhang, P. Zhang*, and Z. Zhao, Impingement and Combustion of Sprays in a Model Opposed-Piston Compression Ignition Engine.Combustion Science and Technology, 2017. 189(11): p.1943-1965.

  • C. Tang, X. Zhang, L. Song, M. Qin, P. Zhang, J. Li and Z. Huang, Dynamics of droplet impact on solid surface with hierarchical roughness. International Journal of Multiphase Flows, 96: p. 56–69.

  • D. Yu and P. Zhang*, On the flame height of circulation-controlled firewhirl with variable density and in power-law vortices: a mass-diffusivity-ratio model correction.Combustion and Flame, 2017. 182: p. 36–47.

  • D. Yu and P. Zhang*, On the flame height of circulation-controlled firewhirls with variable density.Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2017. 36(2): p. 3097-3104.

  • Y. Yuan, T. Zhang, W. Yao, X. Fan*, and P. Zhang,Characterization of flame stabilization modes in an ethylene-fueled supersonic combustor using time-resolved CH* chemiluminescence.Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2017. 36(2): p. 2919-2925.

  • L. Shi, H. Shen, P. Zhang, D. Zhang, and C. Wen, Assessment of vibrational non-equilibrium effect on detonation cell size.Combustion Science and Technology, 2017. 189(5): p. 841-853.


Journal Publications (2016)

  • C.L. Tang, J.Q. Zhao, P. Zhang*, C.K. Law*, and Z.H. Huang, Dynamics of internal jets in the merging of two droplets of unequal sizes. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2016. 795: p. 671-689.

  • Z. Zhang, Y. Chi, L. Shang, P. Zhang*, and Z. Zhao, On the role of droplet bouncing in modeling impinging sprays under elevated pressures. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2016. 102: p. 657-668.

  • D. Zhang, P. Zhang*, Y. Yuan, and T. Zhang, Hypergolic Ignition by Head-on Collision of N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine and White Fuming Nitric Acid Droplets. Combustion and Flame, 2016. 173: p. 276-287.


Journal Publications (2015)

  • K. Sun, P. Zhang*, C.K. Law*, and T.Y. Wang, Collision Dynamics and Internal Mixing of Droplets of Non-Newtonian Liquids. Physical Review Applied, 2015. 4(5).

  • K. Sun, T.Y. Wang, P. Zhang*, and C.K. Law, Non-Newtonian flow effects on the coalescence and mixing of initially stationary droplets of shear-thinning fluids. Physical Review E, 2015. 91(2).

  • P. Zhang*, L.D. Zhang, and C.K. Law, Density functional theory study of the reactions of 2-azido-N,N-dimethylethanamine with nitric acid and nitrogen dioxide. Combustion and Flame, 2015. 162(1): p. 237-248.

  • X.R. Zhu, R.F. Li*, D.G. Li*, P. Zhang*, and R.Z. Qian, Experimental study and RANS calculation on velocity and temperature of a kerosene-fueled swirl laboratory combustor with and without centerbody air injection. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2015. 89: p. 964-976.

  • Y.C. Li, R.F. Li*, D.G. Li*, J.Y. Bao, and P. Zhang*, Combustion characteristics of a slotted swirl combustor: An experimental test and numerical validation. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 2015. 66: p. 140-147.

  • L.D. Zhang and P. Zhang*, Towards high-level theoretical studies of large biodiesel molecules: an ONIOM [QCISD(T)/CBS:DFT] study of hydrogen abstraction reactions of CnH2n+1COOCmH2m+1 + H. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015. 17(1): p. 200-208.

  • L.D. Zhang, Q.X. Chen, and P. Zhang*, A theoretical kinetics study of the reactions of methylbutanoate with hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2015. 35: p. 481-489.


Journal Publications (2014)

  • P. Zhang*, S.J. Klippenstein*, L.B. Harding, H.Y. Sun, and C.K. Law, Secondary channels in the thermal decomposition of monomethylhydrazine (CH3NHNH2). RSC Advances, 2014. 4(108): p. 62951-62964.

  • T.C. Zhang, J. Wang, X.J. Fan*, and P. Zhang, Combustion of Vaporized Kerosene in Supersonic Model Combustors with Dislocated Dual Cavities. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2014. 30(5): p. 1152-1160.

  • T.C. Zhang, J. Wang, L. Qi, X.J. Fan*, and P. Zhang, Blowout Limits of Cavity-Stabilized Flame of Supercritical Kerosene in Supersonic Combustors. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2014. 30(5): p. 1161-1166.


Journal Publications (2013)

  • P. Zhang, S.J. Klippenstein*, and C.K. Law, Ab Initio Kinetics for the Decomposition of Hydroxybutyl and Butoxy Radicals of n-Butanol. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013. 117(9): p. 1890-1906.

  • D. Liu, P. Zhang*, C.K. Law, and Y.C. Guo, Collision dynamics and mixing of unequal-size droplets. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2013. 57(1): p. 421-428.


Journal Publications (Before 2013)

  • H.Y. Sun, P. Zhang, and C.K. Law, Ab Initio Kinetics for Thermal Decomposition of CH3N·NH2, cis-CH3NHN·H, trans-CH3NHN·H, and C·H2NNH2 Radicals. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012. 116(33): p. 8419-8430.

  • H.Y. Sun, P. Zhang, and C.K. Law, Gas-Phase Kinetics Study of Reaction of OH Radical with CH3NHNH2 by Second-Order Multireference Perturbation Theory. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012. 116(21): p. 5045-5056.

  • S.W. Yoo, S. Chaudhuri, K.R. Sacksteder, P. Zhang, D.L. Zhu, and C.K. Law, Response of spherical diffusion flames subjected to rotation: Microgravity experimentation and computational simulation. Combustion and Flame, 2012. 159(2): p. 665-672.

  • C. Tang, P. Zhang, and C.K. Law, Bouncing, coalescence, and separation in head-on collision of unequal-size droplets. Physics of Fluids, 2012. 24(2).

  • P. Zhang and C.K. Law, An analysis of head-on droplet collision with large deformation in gaseous medium. Physics of Fluids, 2011. 23(4).

  • P. Zhang and C.K. Law, A Fitting Formula for the Falloff Curves of Unimolecular Reactions, II: Tunneling Effects. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 2011. 43(1): p. 31-42.

  • P. Zhang, S.J. Klippenstein, H.Y. Sun, and C.K. Law, Ab initio kinetics for the decomposition of monomethylhydrazine (CH3NHNH2). Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2011. 33: p. 425-432.

  • P. Zhang and C.K. Law, Rarefied flow effects on stabilization and extinction of rotating-disk flame at low pressures. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2010. 53(1-3): p. 475-481.

  • T.C. Zhang, P. Zhang, C.K. Law, and F. Qi, CVD in Weakly Rarefied Rotating Disk Flows. Chemical Vapor Deposition, 2009. 15(10-12): p. 274-280.

  • P. Zhang and C.K. Law, A Fitting Formula for the Falloff Curves of Unimolecular Reactions. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 2009. 41(11): p. 727-734.

  • P. Zhang and C.K. Law, Role of the Knudsen layer in determining surface reaction rates based on sticking coefficients. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2009. 634: p. 113-135.


Journal Publications (In Chinese)

  • Q. Wu, Y. Li, N. Kang, and P. Zhang, Secondary Breakup Analysis of Spherical Oil Droplets Under Time-Dependent Inertial Force, Neiranji Xuebao/Transations of CSICE, 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 6, Pages 56.

  • Y. Chi and P. Zhang*, High-level Theoretical Thermochemistry Study Review on Large Gaseous Fuel Molecules. Physics of Gases, 2019, 4(5):32-42.

  • C. He and P. Zhang*, Binary Droplet Collision in Gasesous Environment. SCIENTIA SINICA Physica, Mechanica & Astronomica, 2017. 47(7): 070013. (invited review paper)

  • P. Zhang* and G. Yu, Rayleigh-Taylor instability of a liquid drop at high Bond numbers. Chinese Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2006. 38(3): p. 1-7.

  • Y. Zhang, M. Zhang, S. Xu, and P. Zhang, Numerical investigation on blast wave propagation and dynamic response of an explosion vessel. Explosion and Shock Waves, 2003. 23(4): p. 331-336.

  • P. Zhang and G. Yu, Study of one-dimensional flow analysis model of the combustor in supersonic combustion experiments. Experiments and Measurements in Fluid Mechanics 2003. 17(1): p. 88-92.

  • P. Yue, S. Xu, and P. Zhang, Numerical study on a moving shock diffracted over the cylinder/square column in hydrogen air mixture. Chinese Journal of Computational Physics, 2001. 18(1): p. 10-16.​