Professor Zhibing Zhang BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIChemE

Zhibing Zhang

School of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Deputy Director of the China Institute, University of Birmingham

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5334
Fax
+ 44 (0) 121 414 5324
Email
z.zhang@bham.ac.uk
Address
Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Zhang has built an international reputation for developing original work on micromanipulation of single micro-/nanoparticles and encapsulation/bioencapsulation with applications in chemical, food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, household care and human/oral care industries.

Professor Zhang is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Microencapsulation and Artificial Cells, Blood Substitutes and Biotechnology, Senior Editor of Cogent Engineering (Chemical Engineering), EPSRC Peer Review College and Engineering Panel, an Overseas Assessor of Chinese Academy of Sciences, an Accreditation Assessor and member of Education and Accreditation Forum of IChemE.

He has authored and co-authored over 130 journal papers and 260 other publications (refereed conference papers, book chapters, conference presentations, patent, etc).

Qualifications

  • DSc, University of Birmingham, UK, 2. 2016
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2.1988
  • MSc, Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 3.1985
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, 1st Class Equivalent, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China, 7.1982

Biography

  • Industrial Secondment in Granutec, Germany, 10.2010 & 3.2011
  • Industrial Secondment in Procter & Gamble, 7.2007-11.2007
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 10.2004-
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux, Albi, France, 5.2003-9.2003
  • Reader in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 10.2001-9.2004
  • Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering 10.1999-9.2001
  • Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 8.1995 -9.1999
  • Research Fellow (RF2), School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 10.1994 - 7.1995
  • Research Fellow (RA1A), School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 10.1990 - 9.1994
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 9.1989 - 9.1990
  • Lecturer, UNILAB Research Centre for Chemical Reaction Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China, 4.1988 - 9.1989
  • Researcher Fellow, UNILAB Research Centre for Chemical Reaction Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2.1988 - 4.1988

Teaching

Teaching programmes

  • Food Plant and Process/Encapsulation
  • Mathematical Modelling of Time Dependent Processes
  • System Modelling
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering B
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Molecular Delivery/Encapsulation
  • Supervision of MEng and MSc research projects
  • Co-ordinator of 4th year MEng research projects

Postgraduate supervision

Principal supervisor of:

  • Seng Liu
  • Mingming Du
  • Cong Sui
  • Javier Marqués de Marino
  • Bingyu Zhuo
  • Andrew Gray (EngD)  
  • Xiaotong Zhang
  • Juliette Delarue
  • Hongdi Wang (visiting)

Co-supervisor of :

  • Toni-Bianca Di Paolo (EngD)
  • Mariana Cardoso
  • Yu Lu

Supervisor of postdoctoral researchers:

  • Dr Ping Ding
  • Dr Iryna Mikheenko
  • Dr Parvez Iqbal
  • Dr Yan Zhang,

Research

Research themes

  • Bioengineering
  • Energy and Chemical industries
  • Food, Health and Nutrition
  • Speciality Products

Research activity

  • Formulation of micro- and nano- particles: microencapsulation, bioencapsulation, stabilisation, controlled release and targeted delivery
  • Mechanical characterisation of micro-/nanoparticles and finite element analysis
  • Manufacture and preservation of probiotics and nutraceuticals
  • Particle adhesion on surfaces
  • Fouling: biofilm growth and detachment, food fouling and control
  • Cell mechanics, cell separation, biomaterials and cell-substrate interactions
  • Development of micromanipulation-based instrument

Other activities

  • Consultancy and technical services to companies

Publications

Recent publications

  • Long, Y., Song, K., York, D., Zhang, Z. and Preece, J. A. (2016) Composite microcapsules with enhanced mechanical stability and reduced leakage. Particuology 26: 40–46.
  • Gray, A., Egan, S., Bakalis., S. and Zhang, Z. (2016) Determination of microcapsule physicochemical, structural, and mechanical properties. Particuology 24: 32-43.
  • Wan Dagang, W. R. Z., Bowen, J., O’Keeffe, J., Robbins, P. T. and Zhang, Z. (2016) Adhesive force of glass, stainless steel and cellulose to Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilms measured using atomic force microscopy. Biotechnol. Letts 38: 787-792.
  • Zhang, Y., Adams, M. J., Zhang, Z., Vidoni, O., Leuenberger, B. H. and Achkar, J. (2016) Plasticisation of carnauba wax with generally recognised as safe (GRAS) additives. Polymer 86: 208–219.
  • Li, Z., Zhang, Z. and Thomas, C. R. (2016) Viscoelastic-plastic behavior of single tomato mesocarp cells in high speed compression-holding tests. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 34: 44–50.
  • Yang, R., Tan, L., Cen, L. and Zhang, Z. (2016) An injectable scaffold based on crosslinked hyaluronic acid gel for tissue regeneration. RSC Adv6: 16838-16850.
  • Zimbitas, G., Fryer, P. J., Zhang, Z. and Bakalis S. (2016) Free-standing polymer thin film interaction with small particles. Innovative Food Science and Emerging  Technologies (in press) DOI: 10.1016/j.ifset.2016.07.018
  • Tolve, R., Galgano, F., Caruso, M. C., Tchuenbou-Magaia, F., Condelli, N., Favati, F. and Zhang, Z. (2016) Microencapsulation of health-promoting ingredients in foodstuffs: limits and applications. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 67(8): 888-918.
  • Sui, C., Preece, J. A. and Zhang, Z. (2017) Novel polystyrene sulfonate-silica microspheres as a carrier of a water soluble inorganic salt (KCl) for its sustained release, via a Dual-Release Mechanism, RSc Adv. 7: 478-481.
  • Du, M. M., Kalia, N., Frumento, G., Chen, F. and Zhang, Z. (2017) Biomechanical properties of human T cells in the process of activation based on diametric compression by micromanipulation. Medical Engineering and Physics 40: 20–27
  • Dzidek, B., Johnson, S. and Zhang, Z., Adams, M. J. (2017) Contact mechanics of the human finger pad under compressive loads. J Royal Soc Interface doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0935.
  • Dai, Y., Sun, T., Zhang, Z.,  Zhang, Z. J. and Li, J-R. (2017) Effect of zinc oxide film morphologies on the formation of Shewanella putrefaciens biofilm. Biointerphases doi: 10.1116/1.4976003