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Cheng (Chelsea) Zhang

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S., China University of Petroleum (East China)M.S., Sun Yat-sen UniversityM.S., Ph.D., Hunter College of the City University of New York

Description

Cheng (Chelsea) Zhang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Long Island University – Post. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2005. She then worked in industry (Scientific Design, Celanese and Headwaters) as a senior chemist and project leader for more than 10 years before joining LIU Post in Fall 2015. In her 10+ year industrial career, she was an inventor /co-inventor on 35 US, WO, EP, KR and CN patents.  One of her projects, on direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide, won the 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and a project on carbon nanospheres, that she initiated and led, received three million dollars in funding from a major Japanese company and became a joint venture for commercial development. Dr. Zhang was a recipient of the Gertrude Elion Award (in honor of the Nobel Prize laureate) for outstanding graduate student research at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a recipient of the Rose K. Rose Dissertation Award for outstanding academic performance and research during her Ph.D. studies at the City University of New York. She has more than 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 40 presentations at national and international conferences. She also serves as a reviewer for many prestigious journals. Dr. Zhang’s current research focuses on catalyst design and synthesis for converting greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane to value-added chemicals and fuels. Dr. Zhang is also exploring other research areas in material science and renewable energy. Students in Dr. Zhang’s research group actively present their research results in the campus-wide research showcase “Poster and Beyond,” regional undergraduate research symposia, and at local and national American Chemical Society meetings. Two of her undergraduate students were recipients of the National Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry sponsored by the American Chemical Society in 2017.


Specialties

Quantitative analytical chemistry, catalysis, analytical/instrumental methodologies development, material science, and renewable energy


Publications

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals (since 2015)


  1. First author, “Determination of activity coefficients at infinite dilution of organic solutes in the ionic liquid 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium nonafluoro-1-butanesulfonate using gas-liquid chromatography,” J. Chem. Eng. Data, accepted, 2018.
  2. Co-author, “Advances in catalytic transformations of carbohydrates and lignin in ionic liquids and mechanistic studies,” Wiley Interdiscip. Rev.: Energy Environ., accepted, 2018.
  3. Co-author, “LaFe0.9Ni0.1O3 perovskite catalyst with enhanced activity and coke-resistance for dry reforming of ethane,” J. Catal., 2018, 358: 168-178.
  4. First author, “d-Glucose mitigates the agglomeration of the hollow graphitic carbon nanospheres,” J. Mater. Sci., 2017, 52: 5968-5980.
  5. First author, “Preparation, characterization, and surface conductivity of nanocomposites with hollow graphitic carbon nanospheres as fillers in polymethylmethacrylate matrix,” J. Nanopart. Res., 2017, 19: 269.
  6. Co-author, “Constructing cancellable template with synthetic minutiae,” IET Biometrics, 2017, 6: 448-456.
  7. Co-author, “Rolled versus Plain Fingerprints: Matching with Cryptographic One-way Hashes,” 2017 IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications, and Technology (LISAT) Conference.
Patents (since 2015)
  1. First inventor, “Catalysts and processes for producing butanol,” US Patent 9,024,090, 2015.
  2. First inventor, “Catalysts and processes for producing butanol,” US Patent 8,962,897, 2015.


Lectures and Presentations

Selected Presentations in Peer-Reviewed Conferences

  1. Zhang, C., “Studying the roles of transition metals on converting methane to value-added methanol,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 285, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  2. Zhang, C., “Mitigates the agglomeration of the hollow graphitic carbon nanospheres,” Division of Energy and Fuels, ENFL 43, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  3. Zhang, C., “Tune the catalysts for direct synthesis of H2O2 form H2 and O2,” No. 16430, The 25th North American Catalysis Society, Denver, CO (June 2017).
  4. Zhang, C., “Direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from hydrogen and oxygen over a palladium-based bimetallic heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 636, The 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 2017).
  5. Zhang, C., “An efficient way to produce hydrogen peroxide over a palladium-based bimetallic heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 320, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, , Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).
  6. Zhang, C., “Carbon nanosphere synthesis from catalytic templating nanoparticles,” Abstract ID No. 1858, The 16th International Congress on Catalysis, Beijing, China (July 2016).
  7. Zhang, C., “Direct conversion of methane to methanol by a controlled oxidation process at low temperature,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 239, The 251th American Chemical Society National Meeting, , San Diego, CA (March 2016).
  8. Zhang, C., “Hollow graphitic carbon nanospheres: application and properties,” Division of Inorganic Chemistry, INOR 292, The 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA (March 2016).

Student Presentations in Peer-Reviewed Conferences (Student researchers are underlined)

  1. Tripoli, A., Zhang, C., “CO2 reduction through dry reforming reaction with methane over supported Fe-Ni bimetallic and Fe-Ni-Mo tri-metallic heterogeneous catalysts,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 287, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  2. Jiao L.Y., Zhang, C., “CO2 reduction through dry reforming reaction with methane over supported Cu-Ni bimetallic and Cu-Ni-Pd trimetallic heterogeneous catalysts,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 307, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  3. Bamonte, S., Zhang, C., “Dry reforming of CO2 with methane over supported CoNi bimetallic and CoNiPd trimetallic catalysts,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 308, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  4. Mirabelli, S., Zhang, C., “CO2 reduction through dry reforming reaction with methane over supported Ni-Pd bimetallic and Ni-Mo-Pd trimetallic heterogeneous catalysts,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 309, The 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC (August 2017).
  5. Gao, Y., Bamonte, S., Tripoli A., Mirabelli, S., and Zhang, C., CO2 Hydrogenation to Value-added Chemicals over a Novel Pd-based Heterogeneous Catalysts, No. 15495, The 25th North American Catalysis Society, Jun 4-9, 2017, Denver.
  6. Bamonte, S., Zhang, C., “Development of supported CoNi bimetallic and CoNiPd trimetallic catalysts for CO2 conversion via dry reforming with methane,” The 65th New York American Chemical Society Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York, NY (May 2017).
  7. Jiao L.Y., Zhang, C., “Development of supported Cu-Ni bimetallic and Cu-Ni-Pd trimetallic heterogeneous catalysts for dry reforming of methane with CO2,” The 65th New York American Chemical Society Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York, NY (May 2017).
  8. Mirabelli, S., Zhang, C., “Converting methane and CO2 to value-added chemicals over supported Ni-Pd bimetallic and Ni-Mo-Pd trimetallic heterogeneous catalysts,” The 65th New York American Chemical Society Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York, NY (May 2017).
  9. Gao, Y., Zhang, C., “Methane conversion over a novel Mo-based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 196, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

10.  Mirabelli, S., Zhang, C., “CO2 conversion on a novel Pd-based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 212, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

11.  Bamonte, S., Zhang, C., “CO2 Conversion over a novel Fe-based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 215, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

12.  Gao, Y., Zhang, C., “CO2 conversion over a novel Cu-Zn based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 218, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

13.  Jiao L.Y., Zhang, C., “CO2 Conversion over a novel Co-based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 220, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

14.  Gordon, A., Zhang, C., “Methane conversion to value-added chemicals over an innovative silver-based heterogeneous catalyst,” Division of Catalysis Science and Technology, CATL 240, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2016).

15.  Mirabelli, S., Zhang, C., “CO2 hydrogenation to value-added chemicals over a novel Pd-based heterogeneous catalysts,” The 64th New York American Chemical Society Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York, NY (May 2016).

16.  Bamonte, S., Zhang, C., Development of a Novel Fe based Heterogeneous Catalysts for CO2 Conversion, 64th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 7, 2016, New York.


Honors/Awards

  • Recipient, Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award on hydrogen peroxide process
  • Recipient, Gertrude Elion Award (in honor of the Nobel Prize laureate), for outstanding graduate student research at Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Recipient, Rose K. Rose Dissertation Award, awarded to one student in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the City University of New York for outstanding academic performance and research
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, awarded to the outstanding teaching assistant, Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • First Prize Recipient, Toastmaster International Inspirational Speech Contest (Texas CLK P area)
  • Second Prize Recipient, Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest (Texas CLK P area)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, North American Catalysis Society
  • Member, Catalysis Society of Metropolitan NY