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Hydrothermal Conversion of Biomass Waste into Bio-based Chemicals and Materials
Speaker Name
Prof. Shicheng ZHANG
Speaker Detail

Professor & Vice Chair
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

G5-215, 5/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building ,City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hydrothermal conversion of biomass waste for valuable chemicals and materials is a promising environment friendly option for biomass resource utilization. Based on the concept of biorefinery applying hydrothermal process, the production of bio-oil, bio-based chemicals and hydrochar is likely to achieve an integrated utilization of biomass waste and for environmental management simultaneously. One research field of Dr. Shicheng Zhang's group at Fudan Unviersity is hydrothermal conversiton of biomass. In this talk, Dr. Zhang will give an introduction of the research progress in his group, including: 1) Hydrothermal conversion of biomass wastes to xylose, lactic acid, phenolics, and so on, 2) Separation of bio-based chemicals (organic acid, phenolics, and sugar) by using column chromatography, 3) Anaerobic digestion of liquid part from hydrothermal conversion of biomass after separation of chemicals into methane, and 4) Controlled conversion of solid products of hydrothermal conversion of biomass wastes to functionalized carbon materials.

About the Speaker

Shicheng Zhang is a professor of environmental engineering and a vice Chair at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Prof. Zhang received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, China in 2001. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Peking University and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Iowa State University, US. In 2005 he joined in the faculty of environmental engineering at Fudan University. After 2011, he served as vice chair for the Department. He has visited and collaborated with many Universities in UK, Denmark, Japan, Austrilia, and so on. His current research focuses on biomass wastes utilization and environmental catalysis. Till now, he has been involved in more than 30 research projects as PI or Co-PI. He has published more than 120 journal papers and 30 patents. Prof. Zhang has been an active member of numerous national and international committees, and regularly serves as external judge for national and international funding institutions. He has also served as Guest Editor for Bioresource Technology (2017) and Green Chemistry (2019). He has got the Award for Most Cited Energy Article from China by Elsevier Publisher in 2017.