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Associate Professor

Dr Wei Zhang received his BEng (2005) and MEng (2008) and PhD (2012) degrees from Sichuan University. During 2009-2011, he studied in Georgia Tech as a visiting student supported by the China Scholarship Council. Right after graduation, he joined Sichuan University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2014. He has an H-index of 21 with a total SCI citation of 1000+. His research mainly focuses on biopolymers, particularly the nanomaterials from renewable resources, such as cellulose nanofibers, chitin whiskers, etc. The extraction of cellulose nanofibers and their applications in green nanocomposites, energy storage, water treatment and tissue engineering have been the active topics in his research group. His research work has been highlighted by many scientific news media, including C&EN, VeriticalNews, PharmacyChoice, Global Medical Discovery, etc.

B.Eng. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China, 2001-2005

M.Eng. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China, 2005-2008

Ph.D. in Materials Science, Sichuan University, China, 2008-2012

(During 2009-2011, Visiting Ph.D. student at Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)

Dr. Zhang’s research mainly focuses on biopolymers, particularly the nanomaterials from renewable resources, such as cellulose nanofibers, chitin whiskers, etc. The extraction of cellulose nanofibers and their applications in green nanocomposites, energy storage, water treatment and tissue engineering have been the active topics in his research group.

  1. Commercialization of cellulose nanofibers production. The main obstacle for the industrialization of cellulose nanofibers from plant fibers is the vast energy consumption. He has developed an efficient pretreatmenttechnology together with a self-designed equipment that can significantly reduce the energy consumption.
  2. Application of cellulose nanofibers. He has surface-modified the nanomaterials targeting the interfacial and dispersion problems in composites and a series of high performance nanocomposites have been prepared. He also uses cellulose nanofibers for some advanced applications, such as paper electronics, energy storage materials, water purification materials as well as biomedicines.
  3. Electrospinning of cellulose. The electrospinning of native cellulose has been extensively studied in his research group. The electrospun cellulose has been successfully applied in tissue engineering, drug delivery and water purifications, etc.
  1. ChenghongAo, Rui Hu, Jiangqi Zhao, Xiaofang Zhang, Qingye Li, Tian Xia, Wei Zhang*, Canhui Lu*,Reusable, salt-tolerant and superhydrophilic cellulose hydrogel- coated mesh for efficient gravity-driven oil/water separation, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2018, 338, 271-277
  2. Ximu Zhang, Wei Zhang, Maobin Yang*, Application of Hydrogels in Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 2018, 13. DOI: 10.2174/1574888X12666171017160323.
  3. Xiaofang Zhang, Jiangqi Zhao, Xu He, Qingye Li, ChenghongAo, Tian Xia, Wei Zhang*, Canhui Lu*, Yulin Deng, Mechanically robust and highly compressible electrochemical supercapacitors from nitrogen-doped carbon aerogels. Carbon 2018, 127, 236-244
  4. ChenghongAo Wei Yuan Jiangqi Zhao Xu He Xiaofang Zhang Qingye Li Tian Xia Wei Zhang*Canhui Lu*,Superhydrophilic graphene oxide@electrospun cellulose nanofiber hybrid membrane for high-efficiency oil/water separation. Carbohydrate Polymers 2017,175,216-222
  5. Wei Yuan Xiaofang Zhang Jiangqi Zhao Qingye Li ChenghongAo Tian Xia Wei Zhang*Canhui Lu* Ultra-lightweight and highly porous carbon aerogels from bamboo pulp fibers as an effective sorbent for water treatment. Results in Physics, 2017, 7, 2919-2924
  6. Jiangqi Zhao, Zhixing Lu, Xu He, Xiaofang Zhang, Qingye Li, Tian Xia, Wei Zhang* ,Canhui Lu*Fabrication and Characterization of Highly Porous Fe(OH)3@Cellulose Hybrid Fibers for Effective Removal of Congo Red from Contaminated Water. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2017, 5 (9), pp 7723–7732
  7. Jiangqi Zhao, Zhixing Lu, Xu He, Xiaofang Zhang, Qingye Li, Tian Xia, Wei Zhang* ,Canhui Lu*, Yulin Deng. One-Step Fabrication of Fe(OH)3@Cellulose Hollow Nanofibers with Superior Capability for Water Purification. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (30), pp 25339–25349
  8. ChenghongAo, Yan Niu, Ximu Zhang, Xu He, Wei Zhang,*Canhui Lu,* Fabrication and characterization of electrospun cellulose/nano-hydroxyapatite nanofibers for bone tissue engineering. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2017, 97, 568-573.
  9. Xu He YunlongZi Hua Yua Steven L. Zhang Jie Wang Wenbo Ding Haiyang Zou Wei Zhang Canhui Lu Zhong Lin Wang*. An ultrathin paper-based self-powered system for portable electronics and wireless human-machine interaction. Nano Energy, 2017, 39, 328-336
  10. Xu He, YunlongZi, HengyuGuo, Haiwu Zheng, Yi Xi, Changsheng Wu, Jie Wang, Wei Zhang, Canhui Lu, and Zhong Lin Wang* A Highly Stretchable Fiber-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Self-Powered Wearable Electronics. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1604378.
  11. Jiangqi Zhao, Qingye Li, Xiaofang Zhang, Meijie Xiao, Wei Zhang,*Canhui Lu,* Grafting of polyethylenimine onto cellulose nanofibers for interfacial enhancement in their epoxy nanocomposites Carbohydrate Polymers, 2017, 157, 1419-1425.
  12. Xiaofang Zhang, Zhixing Lu, Jiangqi Zhao, Qingye Li, Wei Zhang,*Canhui Lu,* Exfoliation/dispersion of low-temperature expandable graphite in nanocellulose matrix by wet co-milling. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2017, 157, 1434–1441.
  13. Xiaofang Zhang, Yaru Wang, Jiangqi Zhao, Meijie Xiao, Wei Zhang(*) and Canhui Lu* Mechanically Strong and Thermally Responsive Cellulose Nanofibers/Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Composite Aerogels, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2016, 4(8), 4321-4327.
  14. Guirong Cui, Min Liu*, Ying Chen, Wei Zhang, Jiangqi Zhao Synthesis of a ferric hydroxide-coated cellulose nanofiber hybrid for effective removal of phosphate from wastewater. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2016, 154, 40-47.
  15. Jiangqi Zhao, Xiaofang Zhang, Xu He, Meijie Xiao, Wei Zhang(*) and Canhui Lu* A super biosorbent from dendrimer poly(amidoamine)-grafted cellulose nanofibril aerogels for effective removal of Cr(VI), Journal of Materials Chemistry A,2015, 3, 4703.
  16. Zhao, Jiangqi,Lu, Canhui,He, Xu,Zhang, Xiaofang,Zhang, Wei(*),Zhang, Ximu(*),Polyethylenimine-grafted cellulose nanofibril aerogels as versatile vehicles for drug delivery.,ACSAppl Mater Interfaces,2015,7(4):2607-2615.
  17. Yaru Wang; Ximu Zhang; Xiaofang Zhang; Jiangqi Zhao; Wei Zhang(*); Canhui Lu(*).Water Repellent Ag/Ag2O@Bamboo Cellulose Fiber Membrane as Bioinspired Cargo Carriers. Carbohydrate Polymers,2015, 133: 493-496.
  18. He, Xu,Cheng, Long,Zhang, Ximu,Xiao, Qiang,Zhang, Wei(*),Lu, Canhui,Tissue engineering scaffolds electrospun from cotton cellulose,Carbohydrate Polymers,2015,115:485-493.
  19. Yan Niu,XiaofangZhang,XuHe,JiangqiZhao,WeiZhang(*),CanhuiLu,Effective dispersion and crosslinking in PVA/cellulose fiber biocomposites via solid-state mechanochemistry,International Journal of Biological Macromolecules,2015,72:855-861.
  20. He, Xu,Xiao, Qiang,Lu, Canhui,Wang, Yaru,Zhang, Xiaofang,Zhao, Jiangqi,Zhang, Wei(*),Zhang, Ximu,Deng, Yulin,Uniaxially Aligned Electrospun All-Cellulose Nanocomposite Nanofibers Reinforced with Cellulose Nanocrystals: Scaffold for Tissue Engineering,Biomacromolecules,2014,15(2):618-627.
  21. He, Xu,Cheng, Long,Wang, Yaru,Zhao, Jiangqi,Zhang, Wei(*),Lu, Canhui,Aerogels from quaternary ammonium-functionalized cellulose nanofibers for rapid removal of Cr(VI) from water,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,111:683-687.
  22. Zhang, Xiaofang,Wang, Yaru,Lu, Canhui,Zhang, Wei(*),Cellulose hydrogels prepared from micron-sized bamboo cellulose fibers,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,114:166-169.
  23. Wang, Yaru,Zhang, Xiaofang,He, Xu,Zhang, Wei(*),Zhang, Xinxing,Lu, Canhui,In situ synthesis of MnO2 coated cellulose nanofibers hybrid for effective removal of methylene blue,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,110:302-308.
  24. Zhao, Jiangqi,He, Xu,Wang, Yaru,Zhang, Wei(*),Zhang, Xinxing,Zhang, Xiaodan,Deng, Yulin,Lu, Canhui,Reinforcement of all-cellulose nanocomposite films using native cellulose nanofibrils,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,104:143-150.
  25. Zhang, Xiaofang,Zhao, Jiangqi,Cheng, Long,Lu, Canhui,Wang, Yaru,He, Xu,Zhang, Wei(*),Acrylic acid grafted and acrylic acid/sodium humate grafted bamboo cellulose nanofibers for Cu2+ adsorption,RSC Advances,2014,4(98):55195-55201.
  26. Zhang, Wei(*),He, Xu,Li, Cuiying,Zhang, Xinxing,Lu, Canhui,Zhang, Xiaodan,Deng, Yulin,High performance poly (vinyl alcohol)/cellulose nanocrystals nanocomposites manufactured by injection molding,Cellulose,2014,21(1):485-494.
  27. Zhao, Jiangqi,Zhang, Ximu,Tu, Rui,Lu, Canhui,He, Xu,Zhang, Wei(*),Mechanically robust, flame-retardant and anti-bacterial nanocomposite films comprised of cellulose nanofibrils and magnesium hydroxide nanoplatelets in a regenerated cellulose matrix,Cellulose,2014,21(3):1859-1872.
  28. Zhang, Xiaodan,Lin, Ziyin,Chen, Bo,Zhang, Wei,Sharma, Sudhir,Gu, Wentian,Deng, Yulin(*),Solid-state flexible polyaniline/silver cellulose nanofibrils aerogel supercapacitors,Journal of Power Sources,2014,246:283-289.
  29. Xiong, Rui,Han, Yangyang,Wang, Yaru,Zhang, Wei,Zhang, Xinxing(*),Lu, Canhui,Flexible, highly transparent and iridescent all-cellulose hybrid nanopaper with enhanced mechanical strength and writable surface,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,113:264-271.
  30. Tian, Dong,Zhang, Xinxing,Lu, Canhui(*),Yuan, Guiping,Zhang, Wei,Zhou, Zehang,Solvent-free synthesis of carboxylate-functionalized cellulose from waste cotton fabrics for the removal of cationic dyes from aqueous solutions,Cellulose,2014,21(1):473-484.
  31. Sun, Xunwen,Lu, Canhui,Liu, Yong,Zhang, Wei,Zhang, Xinxing(*),Melt-processed poly(vinyl alcohol) composites filled with microcrystalline cellulose from waste cotton fabrics,Carbohydrate Polymers,2014,101:642-649.
  32. Zhang, Xinxing,Zhang, Wei,Su, Jinsheng,Wang, Mengya,Lu, Canhui(*),Preparation, Characterization, and Properties of Polyethylene Composites Highly Filled With Calcium Carbonate Through Co-Rotating Conical Twin-Screw Extrusion,Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology,2014,20(2):108-115.
  33. He, Xu(#),Zhang, Xinxing(*),Zhang, Wei,Tian, Dong,Lu, Canhui,Mechanochemically activated waste-derived cellulose as a novel functional additive to enhance melt processability and mechanical properties of poly(vinyl alcohol),Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology,2014,20(3):177-184.
  34. Wu, Xiaodong,Zhang, Xinxing,Zhang, Wei,Tian, Dong,Li, Jie,Lu, Canhui(*),Preparation and Properties of Chemical Resistant Conductive Composites with Restrained Negative Temperature Coefficient BehaviourBased on MechanochemicallyDevulcanised Waste Fluoroelastomers,Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology,2014,30(1):19-35.
  35. Zhao, Jiangqi,Zhang, Wei(*),Zhang, Xiaodan,Zhang, Xinxing,Lu, Canhui,Deng, Yulin,Extraction of cellulose nanofibrils from dry softwood pulp using high shear homogenization,Carbohydrate Polymers,2013,97(2):695-702.
  36. Wei Zhang(#),ZeshanHu,YaanZhang,CanhuiLu,YulinDeng,Gel-spun fibers from magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles and UHMWPE nanocomposite: The physical and flammability properties,Composites Part B: Engineering,2013,51:276-281.
  37. Zhang, Xiaodan(*),Lin, Ziyin,Chen, Bo,Sharma, Sudhir,Wong, Ching-ping,Zhang, Wei,Deng, Yulin,Solid-state, flexible, high strength paper-based supercapacitors,Journal of Materials Chemistry A,2013,1(19):5835-5839.
  38. Sun, Xunwen,Lu, Canhui,Zhang, Wei,Tian, Dong,Zhang, Xinxing(*),Acetone-soluble cellulose acetate extracted from waste blended fabrics via ionic liquid catalyzed acetylation,Carbohydrate Polymers,2013,98(1):405-411.
  39. Xiong, Rui,Lu, Canhui,Zhang, Wei,Zhou, Zehang,Zhang, Xinxing(*),Facile synthesis of tunable silver nanostructures for antibacterial application using cellulose nanocrystals,Carbohydrate Polymers,2013,95(1):214-219.
  40. Zhang, Xinxing(*),Zhang, Wei,Tian, Dong,Zhou, Zehang,Lu, Canhui,A new application of ionic liquids for heterogeneously catalyzed acetylation of cellulose under solvent-free conditions,RSC Advances,2013,3(21):7722-7725.
  41. Zhou, Zehang,Zhang, Xinxing(*),Zhang, Wei,Li, Jie,Lu, Canhui,Microstructure and properties of solvent-resistant fluorine-contained thermoplastic vulcanizates prepared through dynamic vulcanization,Materials& Design,2013,51:658-664.
  42. Wu, Hejun,Sun, Xunwen,Zhang, Wei,Zhang, Xinxing,Lu, Canhui(*),Effect of solid-state shear milling on the physicochemical properties of thermally conductive low-temperature expandable graphite/low-density polyethylene composites,Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing,2013,55:27-34.
  43. Wang, Mengya,Zhang, Xinxing,Zhang, Wei,Tian, Dong,Lu, Canhui(*),Thermoplastic polyurethane composites prepared from mechanochemically activated waste cotton fabric and reclaimed polyurethanefoam,JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE,2013,128(6):3555-3563.
  44. Wu, Hejun,Lu, Canhui(*),Zhang, Wei,Zhang, Xinxing,Preparation of low-density polyethylene/low-temperature expandable graphite composites with high thermal conductivity by an in situ expansion melt blending process,MATERIALS& DESIGN,2013,52:621-629
  45. Zhang, Xinxing,Tian, Dong,Zhang, Wei,Zhu, Jian,Lu, Canhui(*),Morphology, Foaming Rheology and Physical Properties of Ethylene-Propylene Diene Rubber/Ground Tyre Rubber (GTR) Composite Foams: Effect of MechanochemicalDevulcanisation of GTR,Progress in Rubber Plastics and Recycling TechnoLlogy,2013,29(2):81-98.
  46. Zhang, Wei(#),Zhang, Yaan,Lu, Canhui(*),Deng, Yulin,Aerogels from crosslinked cellulose nano/micro-fibrils and their fast shape recovery property in water,Journal of Materials Chemistry,2012,22(23):11642-11650.
  47. Zhang, Wei(#)(*),Zhang, Xiaodan,Lu, Canhui,Wang, Youjiang,Deng, Yulin,Flexible and Transparent Paper-Based Ionic Diode Fabricated from Oppositely Charged MicrofibrillatedCellulose,Journal of Physical Chemistry C,2012,116(16):9227-9234.
  48. McCune, Mallarie(#),Zhang, Wei,Deng, Yulin(*),High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Three-Dimensional Multilayered ZnO Nanowire Arrays with "Caterpillarlike" Structure,Nano Letters,2012,12(7):3656-3662.
  49. Zhang, Wei(#),Yang, Xiaoliang,Li, Cuiying,Liang, Mei,Lu, Canhui(*),Deng, Yulin,Mechanochemical activation of cellulose and its thermoplastic polyvinyl alcohol ecocomposites with enhanced physicochemical properties,Carbohydrate Polymers,2011,83(1):257-263.
  50. Li, Cuiying,Zhang, Wei,Zhao, Bo,Liang, Mei,Lu, Canhui(*),Preparation, characterization and thermal behavior of poly(vinyl alcohol)/organic montmorillonite nanocomposites through solid-state shear pan-milling,JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY,2011,103(1):205-212.
  51. Zhang, Wei,Li, Cuiying,MeiLiang,Geng, Yamin,Lu, Canhui,Preparation of carboxylate-functionalized cellulose via solvent-free mechanochemistry and its characterization as a biosorbent for removal of Pb2+ from aqueous solution,JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS,2010,181(1-3):468-473
  52. GengYamin,LuCanhui(*),Liang Mei,ZhangWei,Characterization and Properties of Electroless Nickel Plated Poly (ethylene terephthalate) Nonwoven Fabric Enhanced by Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Pretreatment,Plasma Science & Technology,2010,12(6):715-722
  53. Wei Zhang, Xinxing Zhang, Mei Liang, Canhui Lu*. Mechanochemical preparation of surface-acetylated cellulose powder to enhance mechanical properties of cellulose-filler-reinforced NR vulcanizate. Composites Science and Technology. 2008, 68(12), 2479-2484
  54. Wei Zhang, Mei Liang, Canhui Lu*. Morphological and structural development of hardwood cellulose during mechanochemical pretreatment in solid state through pan-milling. Cellulose. 2007, 14(5), 447-456
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