Dr. Yi-Heng Percival Zhang, professor from Virginia Tech University,
USA, visited biofuels institute at Jiangsu University and delivered an
interesting presentation at Conference Center of Jiangsu University on May 26, 2014.
Dr. Zhang’s visit was invited by Dr. Jian-Zhong Sun, director of Biofuels
Institute, Jiangsu University. Prior to his presentation, a ceremony to award him as an adjunct
professor position at Jiangsu University was held in the Conference Center.
Prof. Wu Xiang-Yang, Dean of School of Environmental and Safety Engineering,
representing Jiangsu University issued him the position certificate and
congratulate him become one of faculty members at Jiangsu University. Prof.
Sun, director of the biofuel institute hosted the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Prof. Zhang delivered a presentation entitled as
Paradigm Shift: From Living Microorganisms to Cell Free Bio-manufacturing”. Professor Zhang's research interests focused
on energy and food security, the creative application of cell-free synthesis
system as a tool in the biological hydrogen production system, conversion of
cellulose to starch (artificial food production), enzyme fuel cell industry and
other fields. He has made remarkable and impressive achievements in the fields
he has involved.
than 30 faculty, professionals, and graduate students from Biofuels Institute,
the School of Environmental and Safety Engineering, School of the Energy and
Power Engineering, as well as Nanjing Technology University participated Dr.
Zhang’s presentation; following his interesting talking, a discussion session
was opened for all participants. During a broad-spectrum topic discussion, Dr.
Zhang further addressed audience’s questions and offered his suggestions to our
graduate students regarding the dissertation research in his lab.
Dr. Yi-Heng Zhang joined the Department of
Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech University, USA, as a
tenure-tracked assistant professor in Aug. 2005 and then to be promoted as a full
professor in 2014. His research programs cover various areas and mainly focused
on the biomass recycling, reuse and recovery for high value-added products and
technologies. He is one of the active scientists in biofuel area in the world
and has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, which include some
high quality journals, such as PNAS, Nature Communications, AngewChem, Trend in
Biotechnology, etc. In addition, he has also published10 invited book chapters,
and filed 10+ patents in his professional career. Currently, he also serves as
the deputy editor for Energy Science & Engineering, PLOS one, and editorial
board members for a variety of international Journals.
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