Minfang Zhang is currently a Researcher at the Nanotube Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. She received her B.S. degree in engineering, majored in inorganic chemical engineering, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Wuhan University of Chemical Engineering, Wuhan, China (September 1984 to July 1988), and her Ph.D. degree, majored in nanosize material science, from the Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University, Japan ( October 1998 to July 2002). She held many positions: she served as an Assistant Engineer from July 1988 till February 1992 at the Northwest Institute of Chemical Industry, where she was engaged in developing the new catalysts for purification of coal gas; from February 1992 to November 1996, an Engineer at Xi'an Institute of Chemical Industry, where she was engaged mainly in developing new detergent; from October 1998 till December 2002, an Assistant Researcher at the Nanotubulites Project of Japan Science Technology Corporation, Tsukuba, Japan, where she was engaged in synthesis, purification, and chemical reaction of single-wall carbon nanotubes; from January 2003 till March 2008, a Researcher at the Carbon Nanotube Project of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tsukuba, Japan, where she was engaged in synthesis, separation, and chemical reaction of single-wall carbon nanotubes and study on the application of carbon nanohorns in drug delivery system; from April 2008 and till present, a Researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Her research interests include isolation of individual carbon nanohorns from their aggregate and a study on application of carbon nanohorns in drug delivery system. In 2007, she received the 4th Iijima Award from The Fullerenes and Nanotubes Research Society.
Biography Updated on 18 August 2013