Xiaoqing Zhang

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia


Xiaoqing Zhang is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Highett, VIC, Australia. Zhang obtained his Ph.D. degree in polymer science (1991) from Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan. Prior to the Ph.D. study, he was awarded B.S. degree in chemistry (1985) and M.S. degree in physics (1988) from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. After several years of employment with R&D Centre of Nippon Zeon Ltd., Japan (1991), Department of Physics at the University of Dublin, Ireland (1992), School of Chemistry, and then Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia (1993–1997), he joined CSIRO, Australia, in 1998. Zhang’s expertise includes polymer chemistry and physics, natural materials and composites, industrial packaging, and high-resolution solid-state NMR spectroscopy. He has served as Project Leader in the last 15 years, leading a series of CSIRO strategic projects, Australian Cooperative Research Centre projects, CSIRO Flagship projects, and industrial commercial projects in the areas of natural polymer modification and processing, biodegradable materials, advanced resin development, polymer composites, carbon composites, polymer emulsions, coatings, adhesions, packaging materials, and paper recycling, to deliver scientific impact and commercial outcome. Zhang is currently leading the Integrated Polymer Systems Research Group at CSIRO focusing on structure-properties-function relationships to create new materials using novel processes, additives and manipulating the interfaces to control structures on micro- and nano-scales and provide enhanced functionality. The group has excellent track record in delivering scientific impact and collaboration with major international or Australian industries in the areas of surface science and functional coatings, high-performance composites, and sustainable polymer materials.

Biography Updated on 18 June 2013

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