About me

Hi! I am Chenghao Zhang, I am currently a Ph.D. student at Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), advised by Prof. Martin Gruebele. I also benefit from collaboration with Prof. Peter Wolynes at Rice University.

As a physicist by training, I got my physics undergraduate degree from Peking University, Beijing, China. In my undergraduate study, I worked on nonequilibrium statistical physics and biophysics with Prof. Yuhai Tu and Prof. Qi Ouyang.

Now I am working at the interface of chemistry and physics. I am interested at studying intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution, quantum scrambling and quantum localization in complex chemical systems, and chemical dynamics in nonadiabatic systems and in condensed phase systems.

I have defended my thesis in January 2024, with thesis title “Quantum Localization and Scrambling in Molecular systems”. I will join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to work with Niri Govind as a postdoctoral researcher.


Some of projects I have worked on:


You can find my CV here


I enjoy spending time running, biking, hiking outside the lab. Here is the page that I use to record my race experience.