Zhiwei Peng

Active Matter | Fluid and Statistical Mechanics


12-324 DICE

9211 116 Street NW

Edmonton, AB, T6G 1H9


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. Our group develops theoretical machinery and high-performance (e.g., CUDA-enabled) computational libraries to study the mechanics of soft and active matter. The key aim is to bridge the gap between micromechanics of constitutive particles and macroscopic phenomena.

I earned my Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Caltech under the supervision of John Brady.

Current research topics include transport, microrheology, statistical mechanics, fluctuations, and collective motion of colloidal (active) matter.

If you are interested in joining our group, please read this page. For any other inquires, please contact Dr. Peng.


Jan 12, 2024 Our work was featured on Caltech News and Scientific American
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selected publications

  1. Activity-induced propulsion of a vesicle
    Zhiwei Peng, Tingtao Zhou, and John F. Brady
    Journal of Fluid Mechanics, May 2022
  2. Forced microrheology of active colloids
    Zhiwei Peng, and John F. Brady
    Journal of Rheology, Sep 2022
  3. Trapped-particle microrheology of active suspensions
    Zhiwei Peng, and John F. Brady
    The Journal of Chemical Physics, Sep 2022
  4. AI-aided geometric design of anti-infection catheters
    Tingtao Zhou, Xuan Wan, Daniel Zhengyu Huang, and 6 more authors
    Science Advances, Jan 2024