Technical Interests

  • Synthesis, processing and application development of biobased polymer materials
  • Polymer toughening and reinforcing
  • Structure and properties of polymer blends and composites
  • Polymer foaming and fiber spinning technologies

Education

  • Ph.D., Polymer Science, 1997 – University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  • M.Eng., Technology of Fine Chemicals, 1991 – Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
  • B.Eng., Dyeing & Finishing, 1984 – Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology, Suzhou, China

Professional Experience

  • 01/2004 – present, Faculty, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, WSU
  • 10/2004 – present, Faculty, Materials Science Program, WSU
  • 05/2009 – present, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Chemistry, WSU
  • 05/2005 – present, Affiliate Faculty, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering., WSU
  • 01/00 – 12/03, Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • 08/97 – 12/99, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • 01/97 – 07/97, Consulting Chemist, Bio-Crystals Corporation, Boston, MA

Selected Publications

  • Liu, H., X. Guo, W. Song, and J. Zhang. 2013. Effects of Metal Ion Type on Ionomer-Assisted Reactive PLA Toughening. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 52:4787–4793.
  • Zhang, P. and J. Zhang. 2013. One-step acrylation of soybean oil (SO) for the preparation of SO-based macromonomers. Green Chemistry. 15:641-645.
  • Liu, B., G.Z. Guevara, J. Zhang, and L. Liu. 2013. Performance enhancement of poly(lactic acid)/soy protein concentrate blends by promoting formation of network structure. Green Materials. 1:176-185.
  • Fu, Y., J. Zhang, H. Liu, W.C. Hiscox, and Y. Gu. 2013. Ionic liquid-assisted exfoliation of graphite oxide for simultaneous reduction and functionalization to graphenes with improved properties. Journal of Material Chemistry. A 1, 2663–2674.
  • Song, W., H. Liu, F. Chen, and J. Zhang. 2013. Effects of ionomer characteristics on reactions and properties of poly(lactic acid) ternary blends prepared by reactive blending. Polymer. 53:2476–2484.
  • Brown, E.E., M.P. Laborie, and J. Zhang. 2012. Glutaraldehyde treatment of bacterial cellulose/fibrin composites: impact on morphology, tensile and viscoelastic properties. Cellulose. 19:127–137.
  • Liu, H., L. Guo, X. Guo, and J. Zhang. 2012. Effects of reactive blending temperature on impact toughness of poly(lactic acid) ternary blends. Polymer. 53:272–276.
  • Zhu, R., H. Liu, and J. Zhang. 2012. Effects of functionality and concentration of maleated poly(lactic acid) (PLA) on morphology and properties of PLA/soy protein composites. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 51, 7786–7792.
  • Brown, E.E., J. Zhang, and M.P. Laborie. 2011. Never-dried bacterial cellulose/fibrin composites: preparation and basic morphological and mechanical properties. Cellulose. 18:631–641.
  • Liu, B., L. Jiang, and J. Zhang. 2011. Extrusion foaming of poly (lactic acid)/soy protein concentrate blends. Macromolecular Materials & Engineering. 296:835-842.
  • Liu, B., J. Zhang, L. Liu, and A.T. Hotchkiss. 2011. Preparation and properties of water and glycerol-plasticized sugar beet pulp materials. Journal of Polymer and the Environment. 19, 559–567.
  • Liu, H., and J. Zhang. 2011. Research progress in toughening modification of poly(lactic acid) (PLA). Journal of Polymer Science: Part B Polymer Physics. 49:1051-1083.
  • Liu, H., W. Song, F. Chen, L. Guo, and J. Zhang. 2011. Interaction of microstructure and interfacial adhesion on impact performance of polylactide (PLA) ternary blends. Macromolecules. 44:1513-1522.
  • Liu, X., Y. Wang, Y. Cao, V. Yadama, M. Xian, and J. Zhang. 2011. Study of Dextrin-derived Curing Agent for Waterborne Epoxy Adhesive. Carbohydrate Polymers. 83:1180-1184.
  • Liu, H.Z., F. Chen, B. Liu, G. Estep and J.W. Zhang. 2010. Super toughened poly(lactic acid) ternary blends by simultaneous dynamic vulcanization and interfacial compatibilization. Macromolecules. 43:6058-6066.
  • Liu, B., L. Jiang, H.Z. Liu, and J.W. Zhang. 2010. Synergetic compatibilizing effect of dual compatibilizers on poly(lactic acid)/soy protein concentrate blends. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 49:6399–6406.
  • Chen, F. and J.W. Zhang. 2010. In-situ poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate)/soy protein concentrate composites: Effects of compatibilization and composition on properties. Polymer. 51(8):1812-1819.
  • Liu, X.Q. and J.W. Zhang. 2010. High performance biobased epoxy derived from rosin. Polymer International. 59:607–609.
  • Liu, B., L. Jiang, H.Z. Liu, L.L. Sun and J.W. Zhang. 2010. Different Effects of Water and Glycerol on Morphology and Properties of Poly(lactic acid)/Soy Protein Concentrate Blends. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 295(2):123-129.
  • Jiang, L., F. Chen, J. Qian, J.J. Huang and J.W. Zhang. 2010. Reinforcing and toughening effects of bamboo pulp fiber on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) composites. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 49:572–577.
  • Liu, X.Q., W.B. Xin, and J.W. Zhang. 2010. Rosin-derived imide-diacid as epoxy curing agents for enhanced Performance. Bioresource Technology. 101:2520-2524.
  • Wang, H.H., X.Q. Liu, J.W. Zhang, and M. Xian. 2009. Synthesis of rosin-based flexible anhydride type curing agents and properties of the cured epoxy. Polymer International. 58:1435–1441.
  • Jiang, L., B. Liu, and J.W. Zhang. 2009. Properties of poly(lactic acid)/poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate)/nanoparticle ternary composites. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 48:7594–7602.
  • Chen, F. and J.W. Zhang. 2009. A new approach for morphology control of poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) and soy protein blends. Polymer. 50(15):3770-3777.
  • Liu, X.Q., W.B. Xin, and J.W. Zhang. 2009. Rosin-based acid anhydrides as alternatives to petrochemical curing agents, Green Chemistry. 11:1018–1025
  • Jiang, L., B. Liu, and J.W. Zhang. 2009. Novel high strength thermoplastic starch reinforced by in-situ poly(lactic acid) fibrillation. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 294(5):301 -305.
  • Chen, F., L.S. Liu, P.H. Cooke, K.B. Hicks, and J.W. Zhang. 2008. Performance enhancement of poly(lactic acid) and sugar beet pulp composites by improving interfacial adhesion and penetration. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 47:8667–8675.
  • Wang, H.H., B. Liu, X.Q. Liu, J.W.Zhang, and M. Xian. 2008. Synthesis of biobased epoxy and curing agents using rosin and the study of cure reactions. Green Chemistry, 10:1190-1196.