Dr. Zeng’s research interests are in colloid and interface science, functional materials & nanotechnology, with a special focus on intermolecular and surface interactions in soft material systems (e.g., polymers, biopolymers, surfactants, emulsions), complex fluids, petroleum, oil sands and mineral processing, and development of functional materials. His lab has developed and applied various nanomechanical tools and methodologies to probe the intermolecular and interfacial forces at solid/water/oil/gas interfaces and between highly deformable objects such as gas bubbles and liquid emulsion drops in different engineering systems. He has published about 180 refereed research articles in top journals and 7 book chapters, edited a book “Polymer Adhesion, Friction and Lubrication” (Wiley). Dr. Zeng received the Peebles Award of the Adhesion Society (2007), Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Research Award (Silver Medal) (2007), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2013), Martha Cook Piper Research Prize (2016), and The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award (2016). He was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in 2017.