Luzheng Zhang's Resume



Ph.D., Kansas State University, Chemical Engineering, 2001. 

Thesis title: Molecular Simulation and Experimental Studies of Thin Films on Solid Surfaces.

M.S., Nanjing University of Chemical Technology, P. R. China, Chemical Engineering, 1991.

B.S., East China Institute of Metallurgy (Anhui University of Technology), P. R. China, Chemical Engineering, 1988.

Research & Work Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, 01/2003~present

Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

  • Molecular simulation of gas combustions (hydrogen, ethylene, etc.).

  • Molecular simulation of highly energetic materials.


Postdoctoral Research Associate, 08/2001~12/2002

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Molecular recognition in biological systems.

  • Interactions of organic thins films for BioMEMS applications.

Graduate Research Assistant, 08/1998 ~ 07/2001

Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

  • Surface modification, functionalization, and characterization.

  • Measurements of nanoscale friction and adhesion by scanning force microscopy.

  • Tribology in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) by MD simulations.

  • Development of an accurate force field for alkanethiol/Au(111).

  • Rheology of confined fluids in contact with the bulk by non-equilibnrium MD simulations.

  • Computer-based process simulation for the production of nano-particles MgO.

Development Engineer, 09/1997 ~ 07/1998

Aspen Technology, Inc., Cambridge, MA

  • Development and modification of simulation packages for phase equilibria of electrolyte solutions.

  • Quality control (QC) for Physical Property in Aspen Plus.

Research Fellow of DFG (Deutche Forschungsgemeinschaft), 10/96 ~ 12/96

Kaiserslautern University, Germany

  • Prediction of phase equilibria for electrolyte solutions with chemical reactions.

Assistant/Associate Professor, 12/1994 ~ 07/1998

Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Chemical Technology

  • Development of algorithms for phase equilibria with chemical reactions.

  • Calculation of solubility of electrolytes in aqueous solutions.

  • Measurement of thermophysical properties (activity coefficients, solid-liquid equilibria, vapor-liquid equilibria, etc.)

  • Software-based chemical process simulations.

Graduate Research Assistant, 09/1988 ~ 11/1994

Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Chemical Technology

  • Development of theoretical models for electrolyte solutions.

  • Development of software packages for Phase Equilibria of Electrolyte Solutions (PHEES).

Undergraduate Research, Spring 1988.

Department of Chemical Engineering, East China Institute of Metallurgy

Xuzhou Ion & Steel Co.,  

  • Process Design of Removing Ammonia from Coking Oven Gases.


Teaching Experience

Co-advisor, Undergraduate Student Research, University of Washington, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Teaching assistant, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II, Kansas State University, Fall 1999, Spring 2000.

Advisor, Graduate and undergraduate students in chemical engineering, Nanjing University of Chemical Technology, 1994~1997.

Instructor, graduate and undergraduate students in chemical engineering, Nanjing University of Chemical Technology, 1993~1997. Courses taught: 

  • Statistic Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering Lab
  • Chemical Engineering Training Programs in Chemical Plants
Professional Societies

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Technical Skills

Molecular simulation and computational chemistry:

  • Computational chemistry (ab initio quantum chemistry and force field development)

  • Molecular simulations (MC, MD, GCMC, GCMD, NEMD, Hybrid MD, etc.)

  • Molecular simulation software (Jaguar, SeqQuest, Polygraf, Charmm, Cerius2, and Insight II, etc.)

  • Chemical process simulators (Aspen Plus, ProVision, and ChemCAD)

  • Computer programming (Fortran, VB, C, Java, and Python)

  • High speed workstations and clusters (SGI, IBM, HP, SUN, and Beowulf)

Lab experiments:

  • Surface analysis (AFM, STM, ESCA, SPR, FTIR, contact angle goniometry, etc.)

  • Surface chemistry (SAMs and coatings on gold and Si wafers)

  • Electrochemistry (electrode preparation, electroplating, and electromotive force measurement)

  • Thermal property and phase equilibrium measurements and others (GC, HPLC, VLE, LLE, SLE, etc.)

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