Ling Zhao

LING ZHAO Ph.D., Professor

School of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology


Address: 369# mailbox, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), 130 Meilong Rd., Shanghai 200237

Office Phone: +86-21-64253175




Eduction Qualifications:

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, ECUST (1999)

M.S.,Chemical Engineering, ECUST(1993)

B.S., Chemical Engineering, ECUST(1990)



2017.03-date, Changjiang scholar Professor, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University

2004.09-date, ProfessorSchool of Chemical Engineering, ECUST;

2015.11-2017.05, Professor & Dean of school of chemical engineering & Director of UNILAB of Chemical Reaction Engineering, ECUST;

2007.06, Visitor Professor, Polytech’Lille, USTL, France;

2006.10-2015.10, Professor &Vice dean of school of chemical engineering & Director of UNILAB of Chemical Reaction Engineering, ECUST;

2001.11-2003.03, Postdoc, Honorary Research Fellow & Royal Society KC Wong Fellowship, Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK;

1999.10-2001.11, Associate professor, UNILAB of Chemical Reaction Engineering, ECUST;

1995.8-1999.10, Lecturer, UNILAB of Chemical Reaction Engineering, ECUST;

1993.7-1995.3, Research Staff, UNILAB of Chemical Reaction Engineering, ECUST,



Field of specialization: Multiphase Reaction and Transfer

● R&D of Industrial Reaction Process and Reactor

Involving melt polycondensation process and high viscous polymerization reactor, liquid oxidation process and multi-phase reactors, modeling and simulation of industrial reaction process etc. Studying the transfer characteristic and reaction kinetics of industrial process; enhancing heat and mass transfer to optimize the performance of industrial reactor.

● Supercritical Fluids Aided Polymer Processing

Involving interaction between polymer and supercritical CO2; polymer foaming and polymer modification in supercritical CO2 etc. Including investigation of the fundamental properties of polymer/CO2 systems such as solubility and diffusivity of CO2 in the polymer, polymer crystallization under high pressure CO2, interfacial tension between polymer and gas, and the rheology of polymer/CO2 solution. Based on these properties, a variety of foaming strategies was deigned for different cell structures i.e. sandwich structure and bimodal structure. Furthermore, some industrial foaming process including foam-injection molding and extrusion foaming were also investigated to advance the foam application.


Awards & Honors

Changjiang Scholar Award, 2016

Scientic Elites of Shanghai, 2015

Shanghai Excellent Technical Leader, 2014

New Century Excellent Talent in Universities, Ministry of Education, 2009

Shanghai Shuguang scholars, 2008

K.C. Wong Fellowship, 2002


Hou Debang Chemical Award in Science and Technology of Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC), 2017

Innovation Award for Industry-University-Research Cooperation of China, 2016

Outstanding Patent Award of China, 2015

The First Prize, Technological Invention Award of Shanghai, 2014

The Second Prize, National Progress Award in Science and Technology, 2011

The First Prize, Progress Award in Science and Technology of Sinopec Group, 2005

The First Prize, Progress Award in Science and Technology of Sinopec Group, 2001


Service to Community

· Editorial Board Member of Journal of Cellular Plastics

· Editorial Board Member of The Chinese Journal of Process Engineering

· Editorial Board Member of Petrochemical Technology(China) 

· Editorial Board Member of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology (China)

· Editorial Board Member of Journal of East China University of Science and Technology

· Deputy Director of Agitation and Mixing division inChemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC)

· Director of Chemical Engineering division in Chemistry and Chemical Industry Society of Shanghai

· Member of AIChE

  Selected papers:

Ling Zhao, Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, Tao Liu, Chapter 3 in POLYMERIC FOAMS: Innovations in Processes, Technologies, and Products, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.8

● Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao*. Solid state foaming of poly(ethylene terephthalate) based on periodical CO2-renewing sorption process, Chem. Eng. Sci., 2017, 168: 124-136.

● Chun Xi Qin, Cheng Lin, Jie Tang, Zhen Hao Xi, and Ling Zhao* . Subcritical Water Hydrolysis of Nylon 6 Extract Concentrate. Can. J. Chem. Eng. Accepted

● Sun, Weizhen, Shao Jianqiang, Xi Zhenhao, Zhao Ling*, Thermodynamics and kinetics of transesterification reactions to produce diphenyl carbonate from dimethyl carbonate catalyzed by tetrabutyl titanate and dibutyltin oxide. Can. J. Chem. Eng., 2017, 95(2): 353-358.

● Weizhong Zheng , Xiaolei Hao, Ling Zhao  Weizhen Sun*. Controllable Preparation of Nanoscale Metal–Organic Frameworks by Ionic Liquid Microemulsions. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017. 56(20): 5899-5905

● Weizhong Zheng , Wenxiu Xie, Ling Zhao  Weizhen Sun*. Modeling of the interfacial behaviors for the isobutane alkylation with C4 olefin using ionic liquid as catalyst. Chem. Eng. Sci., 2017, 166: 42-52.

● Menglong Xu, Haichao Yan, Quanjin He, Chen Wan, Tao Liu*, Ling Zhao, Chul Park*. Chain Extension of Polyamide 6 using Multifunctional Chain Extenders and Reactive Extrusion for Melt Foaming. Eur. Polym. J.(2017)

● Chen, Z.; Sun, W.; Zhao, L., High-Temperature and High-Pressure Pyrolysis of Hexadecane: Molecular Dynamic Simulation Based on Reactive Force Field (ReaxFF). J. Phys. Chem. A 2017, 121 (10), 2069-2078.

● Chen, Z.; Zhao, P.; Zhao, L.; Sun, W., Molecular Simulation of the Catalytic Cracking of Hexadecane on ZSM-5 Catalysts Based on Reactive Force Field (ReaxFF). Energy & Fuels 2017. accepted

● Bao, L.; Fang, S.; Hu, D.; Zhao, L.; Yuan, W.; Liu, T.*,Enhancement of the CO2 -philicity of poly(vinyl ester)s by end-group modification with branched chains. J. Supercrit. Fluid., 2017, 127, 129-136.

● Fang, Yu-Wei, Bao Jin-Biao*, Yan Hai-Kuo, Sun Wei , Zhao Ling*, Hu Guo-Hua, Preparation of open-cell foams from polymer blends by supercritical CO2 and their efficient oil-absorbing performance. AICHE Journal, 2016, 62(12): 4182-4185

● Weizhen Sun, Xiangsu Zhai, Ling Zhao*.Synthesis of ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 nanocrystals with well-controllable size distribution through reverse microemulsions. Chem. Eng. J., 2016,289, 59-64.

● Hu, D.; Zhang, Y.; Su, M.; Bao, L.; Zhao, L.; Liu, T., Effect of molecular weight on CO2-philicity of poly(vinyl acetate) with different molecular chain structure. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2016, 118, 96-106.

● Kong, W.L.; Bao, J.B.; Wang, J.; Hu, G.H.; Xu, Y.; Zhao, L., Preparation of open-cell polymer foams by CO2 assisted foaming of polymer blends. Polymer 2016, 90, (Supplement C), 331-341.

● Chen Y, Xi Z, Zhao L. New bio-based polymeric thermosets synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of epoxidized soybean oil with a green curing agent[J]. European Polymer Journal, 2016, 84:435-447.

● Jianping Shang, Weizhen Sun*, Ling Zhao, Wei-Kang Yuan. Modeling of CO2-assisted liquid phase oxidation of para-xylene catalyzed by transition metals/bromide. Chem. Eng. Sci.,2015, 127: 52-59.

● Weizhen Sun, Jianhai Sun, Zhimei Xu, Ling Zhao*. Experimental study and modeling of homogenous catalytic oxidation of m-Xylene to isophthalic acid. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2015, 54: 3293-3298.

● Dongdong Hu, Shaojun Sun, Peiqing Yuan, Ling Zhao, Tao Liu*. Exploration of CO2-Philicity of Poly(vinyl acetate-co-alkyl vinyl ether) through Molecular Modeling and Dissolution Behavior Measurement. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119(38): 12490-12501.

● Dongdong Hu, Shaojun Sun, Peiqing Yuan, Ling Zhao, Tao Liu*. Evaluation of CO2-philicity of poly(vinyl acetate) and Poly(vinyl acetate- alt -maleate) copolymers through molecular modeling and dissolution behavior measurement. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119(7):3194-3204

● Jianping Shang, Weizhen Sun*, Ling Zhao, Wei-Kang Yuan. Liquid phase oxidation of alkyl aromatics at low oxygen partial pressures. Chem. Eng. J., 2015,278,553-540.

● Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, Xuefeng Yi, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao*. Melt foamability of poly(ethylene terephthalate)/clay nanocomposites prepared by extrusion blending in the presence of pyromellitic dianhydrideInd. Eng. Chem. Res. 2015, 54(27): 6922-6931.

● Xu, Yang; Liu, Tao; Yuan, Weikang; Zhao, Ling *. Influence of microphase morphology and long-range ordering on foaming behavior of PE-b-PEO diblock copolymers. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2015, 54(28): 7113-7121.

● Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, Tao Liu, Xun Pan, Chaoyang Fan, Ling Zhao*. Melt foamability of reactive extrusion-modified poly(ethylene terephthalate) with pyromellitic dianhydride using supercritical carbon dioxide as blowing agent. Polym. Eng. Sci., 2015, 55(7): 1528-1535.

● Dongdong Hu, Jie Chen, Shaojun Sun, Tao Liu* and Ling Zhao. Solubility and diffusivity of CO2 in isotactic polypropylene/nanomontmorillonite composites in melt and solid States. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2014, 53, 2673-2683

● Tian Xia, Ye Feng, Yunlong Zhang, Zhenhao Xi, Tao Liu, and Ling Zhao*. Novel strategy for polycondensation of poly(ethylene terephthalate) assisted by supercritical carbon dioxide. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2014, 53, 18194−18201

● Shaojun Sun, Dongdong Hu, Jie Chen, Tao Liu*and Ling Zhao. Effects of carbon nanofiber on the  dissolution and diffusion of CO2inpolypropylene nanocomposites. J. Supercrit. Fluids, 2014, 94:252–260

● Weizhen Sun, Yi Shi, Jie Chen, Zhenhao Xi, and Ling Zhao*. Alkylation kinetics of isobutane by C4 olefins using sulfuric acid as catalyst. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.,2013, 52: 15262-25269

● Chen Jie, Liu Tao, Zhao Ling*, Yuan Wei-kang. Experimental measurements and modeling of solubility and diffusivity of CO2 in polypropylene/Micro- and Nanocalcium carbonate composites. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 1023, 52(14): 5100-5110.

● Zhong Hua; Xi Zhenhao; Liu Tao; Xu Zhimei; Zhao Ling*. Integrated process of supercritical CO2-assisted melt polycondensation modification and foaming of poly(ethylene terephthalate) . J. Supercrit. Fluids, 2013, 74: 70-79

● J. Chen, T. Liu, L. Zhao*, W.K. Yuan. Solubility and diffusivity of CO2 in polypropylene/Micro-calcium carbonate composites, J. Supercrit. Fluids, 2013, 177:33-43.

● D.Ch. Li, T. Liu, Ling Zhao, W.K. Yuan.Controlling Sandwich-Structure of PET Microcellular Foams Using Coupling of CO2 Diffusion and Induced Crystallization. AIChE J., 2012, 58, 2512-2523.

● J.B. Bao, T. Liu, L. Zhao*, D. Barth, G.H. Hu. Supercritical carbon dioxide induced foaming of highly oriented isotactic polypropylene. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2011, 50, 13387-13395.

● L. Li, T. Liu, L. Zhao*. Direct Fabrication of Porous Isotactic Poly-1-Butene with Form I From the Melt Using CO2. Macromol. Rapid Commun.,2011, 32, 1834-1838;

● Lei Li, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao* and Wei-kang Yuan. CO2-Induced Phase Transition of Isotactic Poly-1-butene with Form III upon Heating. Macromolecules,2011, 44: 4836–4844;

● Lei Li, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao*, Wei-kang Yuan. CO2-induced polymorphous phase transition of isotactic poly-1-butene with form III upon annealing. Polymer, 2011, 52(15): 3488-3495;

● Lei Li, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao*. Direct melt-crystallization of isotactic poly-1-butene with form I′ using high-pressure CO2. Polymer, 2011, 52(24): 5659-5668;

● J.B. Bao, T. Liu, L. Zhao*, G.H. Hu. Carbon Dioxide Induced Crystallization for TougheningPolypropylene. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.,2011, 50, 9632-9641;

● Weizhen Sun, Ling Zhao*. Simulation of Secondary Oxidation of p-Xylene in Liquid Phase. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2011, 50: 2548–2553, 2011;

● Da-chao Li, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao,* Xiao-song Lian, and Wei-kang Yuan. Foaming of Poly(lactic acid) Based on Its onisothermal Crystallization Behavior under Compressed Carbon Dioxide, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2011, 50: 1997–2007;

● D.Ch. Li, T. Liu*, L. Zhao*, W.K. Yuan.Foaming of linear isotactic polypropylene base on its non-isothermal crystallization behaviors under compressed CO2. J. Supercritical Fluids, 2011, 60, 89-97.

● Jin-Biao Bao, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao*and Guo-Hua Hu. A two-step depressurization batch process for the formation of bi-modal cell structure polystyrene foams using scCO2, J. Supercritical Fluids, 2011,55(3): 1104-1114;

● Dachao Li, Liu Tao, Ling zhao* and Yuan W. K., Solubility and diffusivity of carbon dioxide in solid state isotactic polypropolene by the pressure-decay method. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2009, 48(15), 7117-7124;

● Tong G. S., Liu T., Zhao L*, Hu.L.X. and Yuan W. K., Supercritical carbon dioxide assisted preparation of polypropylene grafted acrylic acid with high grafted content and small gel percent. J. Supercritical Fluids, 2009, 48(3), 261-268,

● Lei Li, Tao Liu, Ling Zhao* and Wei-kang Yuan CO2-Induced Crystal Phase Transition from Form II to I in Isotactic Poly-1-butene,  Macromolecules, 2009, 42(6):2286–2290;

● Xiu-Lei Jiang, Tao Liu, Zhi-Mei Xu, Ling Zhao*, Guo-Hua Hu, Wei-Kang Yuan, Effects of crystal structure on the foaming of isotactiic polypropylene using supercritical carbon dioxide as a foaming agent. J. Supercritical Fluids, 2009, 48(2), 267-17