Yan Zhang

B. Eng, M.Eng (Tianjin), PhD(NUS), P. Eng

  • Associate Professor
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-2309
Em: yanz[at]mun.ca
Office: IIC1011
Expertise
  • Energy
  • Green Engineering
  • Process System
  • Simulation
Personal Profile

Dr. Zhang obtained her B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in chemical engineering from Tianjin University and her PhD degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from National University of Singapore. She joined Memorial University as an assistant professor in 2010.

Her research involves the application of experimental and computational methods to the analysis of complicated chemical reaction and separation processes. Her research interests include the development of novel biopolymer-based functional materials, modeling simulation and optimization of integrated separation and reaction process, and preparative liquid chromatography for isolation and purification of therapeutic proteins.

At Memorial University, Dr. Zhang teaches undergraduate courses in mass transfer, process equipment design II and petroleum refining engineering, and graduate courses in compact process equipment design and advanced separation processes.

Honours/Awards/Accreditation

Selected Publications

Zhang, M., Zhang, Y., Helleur, R. Selective adsorption of Ag+ by ion-imprinted O-carboxylmethyl chitosan beads grafted with thiourea-glutaraldehyde, Chemical Engineering Journal 264(2015), 56-65.

Shadbahr, J., Zhang, Y., Khan, F. Life cycle assessment of bioethanol production from woodchips with modifications in the pretreatment process, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 175(2015), 1080-1091.

Li, Y., Zhao, Y., Zhang, Y. Solid tryptophan as a pseudoracemate: physicochemical and crystallographic characterization, Chirality 27(2015), 88-94.

Saremirad, P., Wood, J.A., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Oxidative protein refolding on size exclusion chromatography at high loading concentrations: Fundamental studies and mathematical modeling, Journal of Chromatography A 1370(2014), 147-155.

Saremirad, P., Wood, J.A., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Multi-variable operational characteristic studies of on-column oxidative protein refolding at high loading concentrations, Journal of Chromatography A 1359(2014), 70-75.

Mao, S., Zhang, Y., Rohani, S., Ray, A.K. Chromatographic resolution and isotherm determination of (R,S)-mandelic acid on Chiralcel-OD column, Journal of Separation Science 35(2012), 2273-2281.

Quddus, M. R., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Multi-objective optimization in solid oxide fuel cell for oxidative coupling of methane, Chemical Engineering Journal 165(2010), 639-648.

Mao, S., Zhang, Y., Rohani, S., Ray, A.K. Kinetics of (R,S)- and (R)-mandelic acid in an unseeded cooling batch crystallizer, Journal of Crystal Growth 312(2010), 3340-3348.

Zhang, Y., Mao, S., Ray, A.K., Rohani, S. Nucleation and growth kinetics of (R)-mandelic acid from aqueous solution in the presence of the opposite enantiomer, Crystal Growth and Design 10(2010), 2879-2887.

Quddus, M. R., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Multiobjective optimization of a porous ceramic membrane reactor for oxidative coupling of methane, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 49(2010), 6469-6481.

Kundu, P.K., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Modeling and simulation of simulated countercurrent moving bed chromatographic reactor for oxidative coupling of methane, Chemical Engineering Science 64(2009), 5143-5152.

Kundu, P.K., Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K. Multi-objective optimization of simulated countercurrent moving bed chromatographic reactor for oxidative coupling of methane, Chemical Engineering Science 64(2009), 4137-4149.

Zhang, Y., Hidajat, K., Ray, A.K. Multi-objective optimization of simulated moving bed and Varicol processes for enantio-separation of racemic pindolol, Separation and Purification Technology 65(2009), 311-321.

Zhang, Y., Ray, A.K., Rohani, S. Measurement and prediction of phase diagram of the enantiomeric 3-chloromandelic acid system, Chemical Engineering Science 64(2009), 192-197.

Lv, L., Zhang, Y., Wang, K., Ray, A.K., Zhao, X.S. Modeling of the adsorption breakthrough behaviors of Pb2+ in a fixed bed of ETS-10 adsorbent, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 325(2008), 57-63.

Zhang, Y., Rohani, S., Ray, A.K. Numerical determination of competitive adsorption isotherm of mandelic acid enantiomers on cellulose-based chiral stationary phase, Journal of Chromatography A 1202(2008), 34-39.

Zhang, Y., Hidajat, K., Ray, A.K. Modified reactive SMB for production of high concentrated fructose syrup by isomerization of glucose to fructose, Biochemical Engineering Journal 35(2007), 341-351.

Zhang, Y., Hidajat, K., Ray, A.K. Enantio-separation of racemic pindolol on α1-acid glycoprotein chiral stationary phase by SMB and Varicol, Chemical Engineering Science 62(2007), 1364-1375.

Zhang, Y., Hidajat, K., Ray, A.K. Determination of competitive adsorption isotherm parameters of pindolol enantiomers on α1-acid glycoprotein chiral stationary phase, Journal of Chromatography A 1131(2006), 176-184.

Zhang, Y., Hidajat, K., Ray, A.K. Optimal design and operation of SMB bioreactor: production of high fructose syrup by isomerization of glucose, Biochemical Engineering Journal 21(2004), 111-121.

Research Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistant positions are available for projects related to (1) preparation of porous natural polysaccharide-based adsorbents for biomedical and environmental applications; and (ii) quasi-continuous affinity chromatography for purification of monoclonal antibodies. Graduate student scholarship is available. Highly motivated students with polymer and chemical or biochemical engineering background are encouraged to apply.

 

Contact

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