Prof. Xiangping Zhang


Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Address: P.O. Box 353, Beijing 100190, P. R. China

Tel: +86-10-62558174 (O), +86-13552704556


Research Areas

Process system integration, chemical thermodynamics, environmental impact assessment, techno-economic assessment of processes, properties and thermodynamic models of ionic liquids, gas separation and purification, CO2 capture and utilization


1999.03 - 2002.03  Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China

1991.09 - 1994.07  M.Sc, Zhengzhou Institute of Chemical Engineering, China

1987.06 - 1991.07  A.B. Zhengzhou Institute of Chemical Engineering, China


Work Experience

2008.05 - Now        Professor, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, China

2004.07 - 2008.04  Associate Professor, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, China

2006.08 - 2007.08  Researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

2002.04 - 2004.06  Post Doc, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, China

1994.07 - 1999.03  Lecturer, Chemical Engineering, Zhengzhou University, China

Teaching Experience

Chemical Process Systems Engineering

Units Operation

Synthesis of Ionic Liquids and Measurement of CO2 Solubility

Process Design



  1. Feng J. Q.#; Gao H. S.#; Zheng L. R.; Chen Z. P.; Zeng S. J.; Jiang C. Y.; Dong H. F.; Liu L. C.;  Zhang S. J.*; Zhang X. P.* A Mn-N3 single-atom catalyst embedded in graphitic carbon nitride for efficient CO2 electroreduction. Nat Commun, 2020, 11 (1): 4341.

  2. Liu, X. Y.; Chen, Y. Q.; Zeng, S. J.;  Zhang, X. P.*;  Zhang, S. J.;  Liang, X. D.;  Gani, R.; Kontogeorgis, G. M.* Structure optimization of tailored ionic liquids and process simulation for shale gas separation. AIChE J 2020, 66 (2): e16794.

  3. Feng, J. Q.; Gao, H. S.; Feng, J. P.; Liu, L.; Zeng, S. J.; Dong, H. F.; Bai, Y. G.; Liu, L. C.; Zhang, X. P.* Morphology Modulation-Engineered Flowerlike In2S3 via Ionothermal Method for Efficient CO2 Electroreduction. ChemCatChem 2020, 12 (3), 926-931.

  4. Tu, W. H.;  Zeng, S. J.*;  Zhang, X. C.;  He, X. Z.;  Liu, L.;  Zhang, S. J.; Zhang, X. P.*, Strategy Combining Free Volume Theory and Fragment Contribution Corresponding State Method for Predicting Viscosities of Ionic Liquids. Ind Eng Chem Res 2019, 58 (14), 5640-5649.

  5. Bai, Y. G.; Yan, R. Y.; Tu, W. H.; Qian, J. G.; Gao, H. S.; Zhang, X. P.*; Zhang, S. J.*, Selective Separation of Methacrylic Acid and Acetic Acid from Aqueous Solution Using Carboxyl-Functionalized Ionic Liquids. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2018, 6 (1), 1215-1224.

  6. Zeng, S. J.; Liu, L.; Shang, D. W.; Feng, J. P.; Dong, H. F.; Xu, Q. X.; Zhang, X. P.*; Zhang, S. J., Efficient and reversible absorption of ammonia by cobalt ionic liquids through Lewis acid-base and cooperative hydrogen bond interactions. Green Chem 2018, 20 (9), 2075-2083.

  7. Zeng, S. J.#; Zhang, X. P. #; Bai, L.; Zhang, X. C.; Wang, H.; Wang, J. J.; Bao, D.; Li, M. D.; Liu, X. Y.; Zhang, S. J.* Ionic-Liquid-Based CO2 Capture Systems: Structure, Interaction and Process. Chem Rev 2017, 117 (14), 9625-9673. 

  8. Wu, B.; Zhang, X.*; Shang, D.; Bao, D.; Zhang, S.; Zheng, T., Energetic-environmental-economic assessment of the biogas system with three utilization pathways: Combined heat and power, biomethane and fuel cell. Bioresource Technology 2016, 214, 722-728.

  9. Zhang, X. P.* ; Singh B; He, X. Z.; Gundersen T; Deng, L. Y.; Zhang, S. J. Post-combustion carbon capture technologies: Energetic analysis and life cycle assessment. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2014, 27: 289-298.

  10. Zhang, X. P.*; Gundersen, T.; Roussanaly, S.; Brunsvold, A. L.; Zhang, S. J. Carbon chain analysis on a coal IGCC — CCS system with flexible multi-products. Fuel Processing Technology2013, 108: 146-153.

  11. Zhang, X. P.; Zhang, X. C.; Dong, H. F.; Zhao, Z. J.; Zhang, S. J.*; Huang, Y. Carbon capture with ionic liquids: overview and progress. Energy & Environmental Science2012, 5, (5), 6668-6681.

  12. Zhang, X. P.*; Solli, C.; Hertwich, E. G.; Tian, X.; Zhang, S. J. Exergy analysis of the process for dimethyl ether production through biomass steam gasification. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2009, 48, (24), 10976-10985.

  13. Zhang, X. P.; Stromman, A. H.; Solli, C.; Hertwich, E. G*. Model-centered approach to early planning and design of an eco-industrial park around an oil refinery. Environmental Science & Technology, 2008, 42, (13), 4958-4963

  14. Zhang, X. P.; Li, C. S.; Fu, C.; Zhang, S. J.* Environmental impact assessment of chemical process using the green degree method. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research2008, 47, (4), 1085-1094.

  15. Zhang, X. P.; Zhang, S. J.*; He, X. Z. Prediction of solubility of lysozyme in lysozyme-NaCl-H2O system with artificial neural network. Journal of Crystal Growth2004, 264, (1-3), 409-416.


More than 40 patents, inculding 2 international patents, 14 authorized patents.

Research Interests

Process system integration, chemical thermodynamics, environmental impact assessment, techno-economic assessment of processes, properties and thermodynamic models of ionic liquids, gas separation and purification, CO2 capture and utilization


Selected invited lectures in conferences

  1. 14th International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design (PPEPPD), Porto, Portugal, May 22-26, 2016
  2. 8th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai, China, Oct.12-16, 2015
  3. 12th PSE and 25th ESCAPE Joint Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31 – June 4, 2015
  4. 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product & Process Engineering, Dalian, China, May 27-30, 2013.
  5. 2013 CAS - TWAS Symposium on Green Technology, Beijing, China, Oct. 20 - 23, 2013


Current international research cooperation partners:

      Prof. J. Brennecke, University of Notre Dame, USA

      Prof. M. H. Fan, University of Wyoming, USA

      Prof. R. Gani, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

      Prof. T. Gundersen, L.Y. Deng, NTNU, Norway

      Prof. X. Y. Ji, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

      Prof. J. H. Huang, Monash university , Australia


Cultivating many excellent PhD and master students. Still now, instructeda total of 22 doctoral students (12 have graduated), 30 graduate students (17 have graduated).

Honors & Distinctions

  1. The 8th Hou Debang Chemical Engineering Science and Technology Award of Innovation, 2016
  2. National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists, 2014
  3. Nomination Award of the 4th Top Ten Outstanding Women in CAS, 2012
  4. National Award for Natural Sciences in China, 2010
  5. China Petroleum & Chemical Industry Association Scientific & Technological Progress Prize, 2008
  6. Beijing Municipality Scientific and Technological Innovation Prize, 2007