Zhiwei Peng, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept

Pronouns: he, him, his

Personal Website: https://zhiweipeng.com/


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
12-324 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Active Matter Colloidal Suspensions Rheology Fluid Mechanics Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics Brownian Dynamics Transport Phenomena Continuum Mechanics


Zhiwei Peng earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.


Research in the Peng group focuses on the development of theoretical machinery and high-performance (e.g., CUDA-enabled) computational libraries to study the micromechanics of soft and active matter.  The key aim is to bridge the gap between the micromechanics of constitutive particles and the rich macroscopic phenomena of active matter. Topics of interest include the transport, microrheology, fluctuations, and collective motion of soft and active matter.

Active matter is a novel and exciting class of materials that include suspensions of motile bacteria, molecular motors, and synthetic self-propelled colloids. Potential applications of active matter include catalysis, chemical sensing, self-assembling intelligent materials, and targeted drug delivery.  

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Featured Publications

Tingtao Zhou, Xuan Wan, Daniel Zhengyu Huang, Zongyi Li, Zhiwei Peng, Anima Anandkumar, John F. Brady, Paul W. Sternberg, Chiara Daraio

Science Advances. 2024 January; 10.1126/sciadv.adj1741

Zhiwei Peng, Raymond Kapral

Soft Matter. 2024 January; 10.1039/D3SM01272G

Vaseem A. Shaik, Zhiwei Peng, John F. Brady, Gwynn J. Elfring

Soft Matter. 2023 January; 10.1039/D2SM01135B

Zhiwei Peng, John F. Brady

The Journal of Chemical Physics. 2022 September; 10.1063/5.0108014

Zhiwei Peng, John F. Brady

Journal of Rheology. 2022 September; 10.1122/8.0000504

Zhiwei Peng, Tingtao Zhou, John F. Brady

Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 2022 July; 10.1017/jfm.2022.398

Tingtao Zhou, Zhiwei Peng, Mamikon Gulian, John F Brady

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 2021 July; 10.1088/1751-8121/ac0509

Zhiwei Peng, John F. Brady

Physical Review Fluids. 2020 July; 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.073102

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