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


Kosmidis Papadimitriou, A, Qi, S, Squillace, O, Rosik, N, Bale, M, Fryer, P & Zhang, J 2022, 'Characteristics of respiratory microdroplet nuclei on common substrates', Interface Focus, vol. 12, no. 1, 20210044. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2021.0044

Argentou, E, Amador, C, Brooker, ADM, Bakalis, S, Fryer, P & Zhang, J 2022, 'Modulating the surface and mechanical properties of textile by oil-in-water emulsion design', RSC Advances, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 2160-2170. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1RA07961A

Zancan, RF, Hadis, M, Burgess, D, Zhang, J, Di Maio, A, Tomson, P, Duarte, MAH & Camilleri, J 2021, 'A matched irrigation and obturation strategy for root canal therapy', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 4666 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83849-y

Li, N, Guo, R & Zhang, J 2021, 'Bioink formulations for bone tissue regeneration', Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol. 9, 630488. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2021.630488

Avila-Sierra, A, Zhang, J & Fryer, P 2021, 'Effect of surface roughness and temperature on stainless steel - whey protein interfacial interactions under pasteurisation conditions', Journal of Food Engineering, vol. 301, 110542. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2021.110542, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2021.110542

Mears, M, Zhang, ZJ, Jackson, RCD, Si, Y, Bradford, TJB, Torkelson, JM & Geoghegan, M 2021, 'Lateral diffusion of single poly(ethylene oxide) chains on the surfaces of glassy and molten polymer films', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 154, no. 16, 164902. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0051351

Avila-Sierra, A, Huellemeier, HA, Zhang, ZJ, Heldman, DR & Fryer, PJ 2021, 'Molecular Understanding of Fouling Induction and Removal: Effect of the Interface Temperature on Milk Deposits', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 13, no. 30, pp. 35506-35517. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c09553

Majerczak, K, Squillace, O, Shi, Z, Zhang, Z & Zhang, J 2021, 'Molecular diffusion in ternary poly(vinyl alcohol) solutions', Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11705-021-2121-3

Burgess, D, Li, N, Rosik, N, Fryer, PJ, McRobbie, I, Zhang, H & Zhang, ZJ 2021, 'Surface-Grafted Poly(ionic liquid) that Lubricates in Both Non-polar and Polar Solvents', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 907-913. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00174

Zhang, X, Rao, Q, Qiu, Z, Lin, Y, Zhang, L, Hu, Q, Chen, T, Ma, Z, Gao, H, Luo, D, Zhao, J, Ouyang, D, Zhang, ZJ & Li, Q 2021, 'Using acetone/water binary solvent to enhance the stability and bioavailability of spray dried enzalutamide/HPMC-AS solid dispersions', Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 110, no. 3, pp. 1160-1171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xphs.2020.10.010

Herrera-márquez, O, Serrano-haro, M, Vicaria, JM, Jurado, E, Fraatz-leál, AR, Zhang, ZJ, Fryer, PJ & Avila-sierra, A 2020, 'Cleaning maps: a multi length-scale strategy to approach the cleaning of complex food deposits', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 261, 121254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121254

Simionesie, D, O'Callaghan, G, Costa, JLLFS, Giusti, L, Kerr, WJ, Sefcik, J, Mulheran, PA & Zhang, ZJ 2020, 'Clustering behaviour of polyaromatic compounds mimicking natural asphaltenes', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 603, 125221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2020.125221

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

Liamas, E, Black, RA, Mulheran, PA, Tampé, R, Wieneke, R, Thomas, ORT & Zhang, ZJ 2020, 'Probing fibronectin adsorption on chemically defined surfaces by means of single molecule force microscopy', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 15662. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-72617-z

Liamas, E, Thomas, ORT, Muñoz, AI & Zhang, ZJ 2020, 'Tribocorrosion behaviour of pure titanium in bovine serum albumin solution: A multiscale study', Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol. 102, 103511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.103511

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