General

Yagang ZHANG Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 

One Thousand Talents Profesor

Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

President, Xinjiang Chemical Society

Email: ygzhang@ms.xjb.ac.cn
Telephone: +86-18129307169
Address: No 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
Postcode: 830011

Research Areas

My research focus on design and development of advanced functional materials, chemical sensors, fibre-reinforced polymer composites, green chemistry and clean process based on molecular recognition and molecular imprinting. 

I have been reviewer for J. Am. Chem. Soc., Chemical Communication, Green Chemistry, Macromolecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ACS Micro Letters, Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, RCS Advances, Soft Matter, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, Journal of Molecular Recognition, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Over 300 journal articles have been reviewed for above journals. 


Education

Yagang received his B.S. from Lanzhou University in 2000 and his M.S. from Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry/Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003 with Professor Eli, Wumanjiang working on Synthesis, Analysis and Mechanism for Bio-activity of Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Ester. He worked for two years as a project manager at XJIPC for developing several oil and fats based fine chemicals and was promoted to Associate Professor in April 2005.

He moved to the United States in 2005 started his Ph.D study with Professor Ken D. Shimizu working on molecular recognition and molecular imprinted polymers. Then He joined Professor Zimmerman’s group at UIUC as a Postdoc in 2010. In Zimmerman group, Yagang is fascinated in designing novel materials based on supramolecular interactions and molecular recognition. He joined Professor Kenneth S. Suslick group in 2012 working on explosives detection using colorimetric sensor arrays.

Experience

   
Work Experience

Yagang received his B.S. from Lanzhou University in 2000 and his M.S. from Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry/Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003 with Professor Eli, Wumanjiang working on Synthesis, Analysis and Mechanism for Bio-activity of Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Ester. He worked for two years as a project manager at XJIPC for developing several oil and fats based fine chemicals and was promoted to Associate Professor in April 2005.

He moved to the United States in 2005 started his Ph.D study with Professor Ken D. Shimizu working on molecular recognition and molecular imprinted polymers. Then He joined Professor Zimmerman group at UIUC as a Postdoc in 2010. In Zimmerman group, Yagang is fascinated in designing novel materials based on supramolecular interactions and molecular recognition. He joined Professor Kenneth S. Suslick group in 2012 working on explosives detection using colorimetric sensor arrays. 

From May 2013, Yagang is working as Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and One Thousand Talents Profesor at Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Teaching Experience

◆09/2015- 03/2016, Professor, Teach Graduate Course Material Science and Nanotechnology,  Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

◆09/2014- 03/2015, Professor, Teach Graduate Course Material Science and Nanotechnology,  Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

◆01/2009- 05/2009, Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemistry lab 331and 332 with Dr. Handy Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆08/2008-12/2008, Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemsitry 333 with Dr. Ken D. Shimizu (recitation) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆01/2008-05/2008, Teaching Assistant, General Chemsitry 112 with Dr. Vitaly Rassolov (undergraduate lab and Owl) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆01/2007-05/2007, Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemsitry 334 with Dr. Ken D. Shimizu and Organic Chemistry lab 332 with Dr. Handy) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆01/2006-05/2006, Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemsitry 334 with Dr. Ken D. Shimizu (undergraduate lab and recitation) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆09/2005-12/2005, Teaching Assistant, General Chemsitry 112 with Dr. Michael D. Dukes (undergraduate lab and Capa) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina

Honors & Distinctions

selected Honors and Awards: 

◆2017 - President, Xinjiang Chemical Society

◆2014 - One Thousand Talents Professor, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

◆2013 - One Hundred Talents Professor, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

◆2012 - Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology
◆2012 - Editorial Advisory Board, Current Organic Chemistry
◆2010 Hiram and Lawanda Allen Award for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆2009 Spring ; Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium Awards; American Chemical Society, Polymer Chemistry Division, Salk Lake City, Utah.
◆2009 Spring ; Graduate Student Travel Awards” College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina
◆2008 April; The Lauren Brubaker Carolina Awards; University of South Carolina
◆2007 Spring; J. R. Durig Graduate Student Travel Awards; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆2005-2006  Joseph W. Bouknight Teaching Award; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina
◆2003 President Scholarship Award, for excellent graduate student, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Publications

   
Papers

Selected publications:

1.Zhou, X., Wang, P., Zhang, Y*., Zhang, X., & Jiang, Y. From Waste Cotton Linter: A Renewable Environment-Friendly Biomass Based Carbon Fibers Preparation. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2016,4(10), 5585-5593.

2.Wang, P., Zhou, X., Zhang, Y*., Wang, L., Zhi, K., & Jiang, Y. Synthesis and application of magnetic reduced graphene oxide composites for the removal of bisphenol A in aqueous solution—a mechanistic study. RSC Advances, 2016,6(104), 102348-102358.

3. Erlei Yu , Xamxikamar Mamat, Keke Zhi, Xuemin Zhang, Yagang Zhang *,  Wumanjiang Eli. Synthesis and properties of acrylate-acrylic acid-acrylate triblock copolymers with gemini structure by RAFT polymerization [J]. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016,133, 7, DOI 10.1002APP.43017 

4. Zeyu Liu, Bin Hao, Yagang Zhang*. Control interfacial properties and tensile strength of glass fibre/PP composites by grafting poly (ethylene glycol) chains on glass fibre surface [J]. RSC Advances, 2015, 5:40668–40677.

5. Erlei Yu , Letao Zhang , Yagang Zhang *, Zeyu Liu , Tinggui Wang , Xuanchi Liu and Wumanjiang Eli. Synthesis of gemini-like methyl acrylate-acrylic acid- methyl acrylate triblock copolymer surfactants by raft polymerization in solution and investigation of their behavior at the air-water interface[J]. Journal of surfactant and detergent. 2015,18, 729–738

6. Zeyu Liu, Letao Zhang, Erlei Yu, Zhaoming Ying, Yagang Zhang *, Xuanchi Liu  and Wumanjiang Eli. Modification of glass fiber surface and glass fiber reinforced polymer composites—challenges and opportunities: from organic chemistry perspective [J]. Current Organic Chemistry, 2015, 19 (11) 991-1010.

7. Erlei Yu , Xamxikamar Mamat, Yagang Zhang *, Wumanjiang Eli. Synthesis of Novel Zwitterionic Heterogemini Surfactants Derived from Fatty Acid and Investigation of Their Behavior at the Air-Water Interface [J]. Letters in Organic Chemistry, 2015, 12 (8) 590-597.

8. Yagang Zhang *. Molecular Recognition-from Organic Methodology, Synthesis and Catalysis to Advanced Functional Material Design. [J]. Current Organic Chemistry, 2015, 19 (11) 970.

9. Nuermaimaiti Abudukelimu, Hongjuan Xi, Zhixian Gao*, Yagang Zhang*, Yubo Ma, Xamxikamar Mamat and Wumanjiang Eli. Preparation and Characterization of Ru/Al2O3 Catalysts by adsorption-precipitation-activation method and Selective Hydrogenation of Dimethyl Maleate to Dimethyl Succinate [J]. Material Science and Engineering with Advanced Research, 2015, 1 (1), 1-7.

10. Xamxikamar Mamat, Yonglei Wang, Eelei Yu, Letao Zhang, Wumanjiang Eli and Yagang Zhang*. Synthesis and Characterization of Copolymer of Styrene / Maleic Acid- Dicyclopentadiene Monoester [J]. Material Science and Engineering with Advanced Research, 2015, 1 (2), 5-9.

11. Zhenhong He, Zhenshan Hou, Yagang Zhang, Tianfu Wang, Yierxiati·Dilixiati and Wumanjiang Eli. Hydrocarboxylation of Olefins over Pd-TPPTS/Resin Catalyst in Supported Aqueous-Phase Catalysis. Catalysis Today. 2015, 247, 147-154.  doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2014.08.033

12. Min-Qiang Gai, Zhao-Yang Chen, Yan-Wei Fan, Shi-You Yan, Yong-Xin Xie, Jun-Hua Wang, Ya-Gang Zhang. Synthesis of LiMgPO4:Eu,Sm,B phosphors and investigation of their optically stimulated luminescence properties. Radiation Measurements. 2015,78, 48-52, doi:10.1016/j.radmeas.2014.09.009

13. Anders Berliner, Myung-Goo Lee, Yagang Zhang, Seong H. Park, Raymond Martino, Paul A. Rhodes, Gi-Ra Yi and Sung H. Lim. A patterned colorimetric sensor array for rapid detection of TNT at ppt level. RSC Advances. 2014, 4, 10672-10675.

14. Di Song, Yagang Zhang, Ken D. Shimizu, Michael F. Geer. Characterization of molecularly imprinted polymers using a polar solvent titration (PST) method. J. Mol. Recogn. 2014, 27(7), 448-457.

15. Zhang, Y.; Anderson, C. A.; Zimmerman, S. C. Quadruply hydrogen bonding modules as highly selective nanoscale adhesive agents. Organic Letters 2013, 15, 3506-3509.

16.Wumangjiang Eli, Zhang, Yagang*. Quadruply hydrogen bonding modules-versatile building blocks for polymeric material design-beyond entanglements. Current Organic Chemistry. 2013, 17, 3064-3072.

17. Zhang, Y.; Lavin, J. M.; Shimizu, K. D. Solvent Programmable Polymers Based on Restricted Rotation. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131(34), 12062-12063. (Highlighted by Chem. Eng. News, 2009, 87(35), 25-26)

18. Zhang, Y.; Song, D.; Lanni, L. M.; Shimizu, K. D. Importance of Functional Monomer Dimerization in the Molecular Imprinting Process. Macromolecules 2010, 43, 6284–6294.

19. Zhang, Y.; Song, D.; Brown, J. C.; Shimizu, K. D.  Suppression of background sites in molecularly imprinted polymers via urea-urea monomer aggregation. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 120-126.

20. Zhang, Y.; Zimmerman, S. C. Azobenzene dye coupled quadruple hydrogen bonding modules as colorimetric indicator for supramolecular interaction. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 486-495.

21.Yagang Zhang and Ken D. Shimizu. “Molecular imprinting and sensor development” in Chemosensors: Principles, Strategies, page 107-120 eds Binghe Wang, and Eric V. Anslyn. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Sep 2011 ISBN 1118019563, 9781118019566

22. Zhang, Y.; Shimizu, K. D. Urea and thiourea based multi-armed functional monomers for molecular recognition and imprinting. Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society) 2007, 48(1), 543-544.

23. Song, D.; Zhang, Y.; Shimizu, K. D. Urea Finding the importance of flexibility of the recognition sites in molecular imprinting. Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society) 2011, 52(1), 487.

24. Sun, Z. C.; Eli, W.; Xu, T. Y.; Zhang, Y. G. Oxidation of glyoxal with hydroperoxide compounds prepared from maleic acid by ozonation to produce glyoxylic acid. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2006, 45(6), 1849-1852.

25. Yagang Zhang. Molecularly imprinted polymers--New insights and strategies. Proquest Dissertation Publishing, PhD. Dissertation, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina 2010

Patents
Wumanjiang, Aili; Sun, Zicai; Zhang, Yagang; Dong, Xin; Xu, Tongyu; Hu, Shuming; Nuer, Maimaiti. Process for preparation of glyoxalic acid by oxidizing glyoxal with monoperoxymaleic acid. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 16pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1709849 A 20051221 CAN 145:397090 AN 2006:1075075

Xu, Tongyu; Dong, Xin; Zhang, Yagang. Method for preparing lycopene crystal and its concentrate. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 13 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1687239 A 20051026 CAN 145:105202 AN 2006:661339

Sun, Zicai; Zhang, Yagang; Fan, Li; Hu, Shuming; Gao, Junjun; Dong, Xin. Method for synthesis of azelaic acid and nonanoic acid through ozone oxidation-catalytic oxidation-cracking in mixed solvent under mild conditions. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 13 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1680254 A 20051012 CAN 145:27619 AN 2006:519741

Gao, Junjun; Zhang, Yagang; Sun, Zicai; Hu, Shuming; Fan, Li; Dong, Xin. Preparation of azelaic acid from oleic acid by catalytic oxidation. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 13 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1680253 A 20051012 CAN 145:45716 AN 2006:498491

Wumanjiang, Aili; Hu, Shuming; Zhang, Yagang; Dong, Xin; Gao, Junjun; Fan, Li. Process for the preparation of azelaic acid by microwave cracking product from ozonization. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 11 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1616393 A 20050518 CAN 143:477642 AN 2005:1265575

Wumamjiang, Aili; Gao, Junjun; Zhang, Yagang; Dong, Xin; Hu, Shuming; Fan, Li. Process for the preparation of azelaic acid by microwave reaction. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2005), 11 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1616394 A 20050518 CAN 143:477641 AN 2005:1262092

Wen, Bin; Ma, Li; Fan, Li; Zhang, Yagang; Sun, Shudong; Yang, Xiaodong; Liu, Yuanfeng; Tao, Minfang; Chen, Wei. Obtaining conjugated linoleic acid by alkaline catalytic reaction of linoleic esters in mixed solvent. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2003), 10 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1429805 A 20030716 CAN 143:6797 AN 2005:436386

Dong, Xin; Zhang, Yagang; Wen, Bin; Wumanjiang, Aili; Nuer, Maimaiti; Ayi, Xiamu. New process for synthesizing sucrose fatty acid multi-ester with high degree of esterification. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2003), 11 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1431214 A 20030723 CAN 142:483840 AN 2005:414581

Wumanjiang, Aili; Zhang, Yagang; Wen, Bin; Fan, Li; Ma, Li; Dong, Xin; Liu, Yuanfeng; Yang, Xiaodong. Conjugated linoleic acid or its ester microcapsule. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2002), 12 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1357407 A 20020710 CAN 140:110433 AN 2004:60935

Wumanjiang, Aili; Wen, Bin; Zhang, Yagang; Fan, Li; Ma, Li; Dong, Xin; Nu'er, Maimaiti. Conjugated-linoleate microcapsules. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2002), 10 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1357406 A 20020710 CAN 140:377345 AN 2004:60934

Wumanjiang, Aili; Zhang, Yagang; Wen, Bin; Dong, Xin; Fan, Li; Nuer, Maimaiti; Ayi, Xiamu. Preparation of conjugated linoleic acid from dehydrated castor oil. Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (2002), 12 pp. CODEN: CNXXEV CN 1356386 A 20020703 CAN 139:181946 AN 2003:698647

Research Interests

My research focus on design and development of advanced functional materials, chemical sensors, fibre-reinforced polymer composites, green chemistry and clean process based on molecular recognition.

Conferences

Zhang, Yagang; Eli, Wumanjiang. PMDI and stearic acid as coupling agents to improve interfacial adhesion for glass fiber reinforced polymer composites. Abstracts of Papers, 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, United States, August 19-23, 2012 (2012), COLL-274.

Zhang, Yagang; Eli, Wumanjiang. Comparing homogeneous and heterogeneous hydrogenation pathways of maleic anhydride to prepare succinic anhydride. Abstracts of Papers, 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, United States, August 19-23, 2012 (2012), I+EC-89.

Zhang, Yagang; Eli, Wumanjiang. New method of 1-methylcyclopropene storage, handling, and application for fruits and vegetables. Abstracts of Papers, 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, United States, August 19-23, 2012 (2012), AGFD-157.

Song, Di; Zhang, Yagang; Shimizu, Ken D. Finding the importance of flexibility of the recognition sites in molecular imprinting. Abstracts of Papers, 241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Anaheim, CA, United States, March 27-31, 2011

Shimizu, Ken D; Zhang, Yagang. Polymer Gels with Molecular Memory Based On Restricted Rotation. Abstracts of Papers, 61st Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 21-24, 2009

Zhang, Yagang; Shimizu, Ken D. Conformational programmable polymers based on restricted rotation with atropisomeric recognition motif. Abstracts of Papers, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, March 22-26, 2009

Zhang, Yagang; Wumanjiang, Eli. Metabolic supplementing, sacrifice compensation and associated energy cooperation: Science in Chinese herb medicine. Abstracts of Papers, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, March 22-26, 2009

Zhang, Yagang; Shimizu, Ken D. Urea and thiourea based multi-armed functional monomers for molecular recognition and imprinting. Abstracts of Papers, 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, March 25-29, 2007

Zhang, Yagang; Sun, Zicai; Xu, Tongyu; Eli, Wumanjiang. Selective oxidation of glyoxal with maleic acid hydroperoxide to prepare glyoxylic acid. Abstracts of Papers, 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, March 25-29, 2007

Collaboration

Professor Ken D. Shimizu, University of South Carolina
Professor Brian C. Benicewicz, University of South Carolina
Professor Sarah C. Baxter, University of South Carolina
Professor Hans-Conrad zur Loye, University of South Carolina
Professor Linda S. Shimizu, University of South Carolina
Professor Vitaly Rassolov, University of South Carolina
Professor Qian Wang, University of South Carolina
Professor Chuanbing Tang, University of South Carolina

Professor Steven C. Zimmerman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Kenneth S. Suslick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Catherine J. Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Jeffrey S. Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Hong Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Eric V. Anslyn, The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Binghe Wang, Georgia State University

Professor Michael Whitcombe, Cranfield University
Professor Mingdi Yan, University of Massachusetts Lowell 
Professor David Spivak, Louisiana State University
Professor Marc Hillmyer, University of Minnesota
Professor Marcus Weck, New York University
Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University
Professor Liming Dai, Case Western Reserve University
 
Professor Biao Jiang, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, CAS
Professor Zheng Huang, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS
Professor Youquan Deng, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics,CAS

Professor Feng Shi, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Professor Xiaobo Wang, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics,CAS

Professor Jieshan Qiu, Dalian Institute of Technology
Professor Sanzhong Luo, Institute of chemistry, CAS
Professor Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University
Professor Eli Wumanjiang, Xinjiang Institute of Engineering
Professor Dianzeng Jia, Xinjiang University 
Professor Jide Wang, Xinjiang University
Professor Fengyun Ma, Xinjiang University
Professor Yaxin Zhang, Xinjiang University

Professor Lang Liu, Xinjiang University

Professor Chenjiang Liu, Xinjiang University

Professor Zhipeng Sun, Xinjiang University

Professor Zhi Su, Xinjiang Normal University

Professor Bin Dai, Shihezi University

Professor Feng Yu, Shihezi University

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