Dr Zhenyu Zhang PhD

Dr Zhenyu J Zhang

School of Chemical Engineering
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Zhenyu's research interest focused primarily on characterising soft matter, e.g. polymers, surfactants, and colloids, at surface or interface. Past work has been supported by both internal and external funding bodies including Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC), European Cooperation in Science and Technology, The Carnegie Trust, and industrial partners. 


  • PhD in Polymer Physics, University of Sheffield, 2008
  • MSc (Distinction) in Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Birmingham and Aston University, 2004


• Foundation Year Chair
• Plant design


Recent publications


Hadis, M, Wang, J, Zhang, J, Di Maio, A & Camilleri, J 2020, 'Interaction of hydraulic calcium silicate and glass ionomer cements with dentine', Materialia, vol. 9, 100515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtla.2019.100515

Derkani, MH, Fletcher, AJ, Fedorov, M, Abdallah, W, Sauerer, B, Anderson, J & Zhang, ZJ 2019, 'Mechanisms of Surface Charge Modification of Carbonates in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions', Colloids and Interfaces, vol. 3, no. 4, 62. https://doi.org/10.3390/colloids3040062

Liamas, E, Kubiak-Ossowska , K, Black, R, Thomas, O, Zhang, Z & Mulheran, P 2018, 'Adsorption of Fibronectin Fragment on Surfaces Using Fully Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 19, no. 11, 3321. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19113321

Mccarthy, EM, Floyd, H, Addison, O, Zhang, ZJ, Oppenheimer, PG & Grover, LM 2018, 'Influence of cobalt ions on collagen gel formation and their interaction with osteoblasts', Omega, vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 10129-10138. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.8b01048

Zhang, Z, Edmondson, S, Mears, M, Madsen, J, Armes, SP, Leggett, GJ & Geoghegan, M 2018, 'Blob size controls diffusion of free polymer in a chemically identical brush in semidilute solution', Macromolecules, vol. 51, no. 16, pp. 6312-6317. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01193

Li, Q, Huang, W, Yang, J, Wang, J, Hu, M, Mo, J, Cheng, Y, Ou, Z, Zhang, Z & Guan, S 2018, 'Gastric retention pellets of edaravone with enhanced oral bioavailability: Absorption mechanism, development, and in vitro/in vivo evaluation', European Journal of Pharmaceutical Science, vol. 119, pp. 62-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejps.2018.04.002

Raftari, M, Zhang, Z, Carter, S, Leggett, GJ & Geoghegan, M 2018, 'Salt dependence of the tribological properties of a surface-grafted weak polycation in aqueous solution', Tribology Letters, vol. 66, no. 11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-017-0963-0

Zhang, Z 2017, 'Chemical and mechanical modulation of polymeric micelle assembly', Nanoscale. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6nr08414a

Dai, Y, Sun, T, Zhang, Z, Zhang, Z & Li, J 2017, 'Effect of zinc oxide film morphologies on the formation of Shewanella putrefaciens biofilm', Biointerphases, vol. 12, 011002. https://doi.org/10.1116/1.4976003

Zhang, Z, Madsen, J, Warren, N, Mears, M, Leggett, GJ, Lewis, A & Geoghegan, M 2017, 'Influence of Salt on the Solution Dynamics of a Phosphorylcholine-Based Polyzwitterion', European Polymer Journal, vol. 87, pp. 449-457. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.12.001

Zhang, Z, Moxey, M, Alswieleh, A, Armes, SP, Lewis, A, Geoghegan, M & Leggett, GJ 2017, 'Nanotribological investigation of polymer brushes with lithographically defined and systematically varying grafting densities', Langmuir. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b04022

Mallinson, D, Cheung, D, Simionesie, D, Mullen, A, Zhang, Z & Lamprou, D 2016, 'Experimental and computational examination of protein-surface interactions', Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A . https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.35949

Costa, J, Simionesie, D, Zhang, Z & Mulheran, P 2016, 'Aggregation of model asphaltenes – a molecular dynamics study', Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, vol. 28, no. 39, 394002. https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/28/39/394002

Insua, I, Liamas, E, Zhang, Z, Peacock, AFA, Krachler, AM & Fernandez-trillo, F 2016, 'Enzyme-responsive polyion complex (PIC) nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of antimicrobial polymers', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 2016, no. 15, pp. 2684-2690. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6PY00146G

Conference article

Avila-Sierra, A, Zhang, ZJ & Fryer, PJ 2019, 'Effect of surface characteristics on cleaning performance for CIP system in food processing', Energy Procedia, vol. 161, pp. 115-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.067

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