John Zhang

John Zhang (张增辉)
Professor of Chemistry, NYU; Global Network Professor, NYU Shanghai
Office Phone
+86 (21) 20595121

John Zhang is the Director of the NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a professor of chemistry at New York University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD from University of Houston and a BS from East China Normal University.

Zhang’s current research focus is the development and application of novel computational methods for accurate and efficient study of biological systems. He develops quantum and classical methods, including new polarized force field to accurately predict protein structure, free energy in protein-drug and protein-protein bindings, and conformational dynamics of membrane proteins, structure, and dynamics of metalloproteins, etc.

Zhang has won many awards and fellowships, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1990), the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship (1994), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (1995), and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1995). 


  • PhD, Chemical Physics
    University of Houston

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Science Chemistry
  • Foundations of Science Physics
  • Independent Study – Chemistry
  • Mathematics for the Sciences
  • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics