July, 2018

Congratulations to Yuxiao for passing his qualifying exam! 

June, 2018

Welcome to Kristen Vogt to join our group as a CSP summer undergraduate!

May, 2018

Congratulations to Qiuge for passing her qualifying exam! 

Feburary, 2018

Maria McClintock passed her PhD defense and starts her career at Cargill!

November, 2017

Welcome to visiting scholar Yang Xu!

November, 2017

Qiuge and Jilong presented their work at 2017 AIChE annual meeting.

November, 2016

Welcome to new group member Yuxiao Wu!

November, 2016

Pooja Jambunathan passed her PhD defense and starts her career at Merck!

July, 2016

Prof. Zhang presented his work “Engineering Nonphosphorylative Metabolism for Biosynthesis” at Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences

July, 2016

Congratulations to Jilong on the birth of his cute son!

June, 2016

Congratulations to Zhengyang for passing his qualifying exam! 

June, 2016

Maria McClintock is awarded a travel grant for AIChE from BTI.

June, 2016

Our biodegradable polymer is highlighted in Bloomberg.
"With such tools as E. coli and sugar, researchers are creating the bags and bottles of the future..."
Check the link to the Video:

June, 2016

Alvin Jonathan  is awarded the UROP award.

May 24, 2016

Yishu Tai passed the PhD defense and starts his career at Zymochem!

January 11, 2016

Our collaborative work with Prof. Xiang Chen is accepted by Physical Review Letters.

December 15, 2015

The paper titled "Engineering Nonphosphorylative Metabolism to Generate Lignocellulose-derived Products" is accepted by Nature Chemical Biology.

December, 2015

Kevin Fox is awarded the UROP award.

December 2, 2015

Maria McClintock is one of the 10 finalists for the $10k Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA).

November, 2015

Kevin Fox is awarded the "Outstanding Student Award"scholarship from Genentech.

June 1, 2015

Yishu Tai is awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

May 28, 2015

Pooja Jambunathan won the IPrime poster award.

May 4, 2015

Suthamat Niyompanich joins the lab as the  Royal Golden Jubilee (RGJ) scholarship fellow from Thailand Research Fund (TRF).

January 21, 2015

Professor Zhang is among eight recipients of the 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This University-wide program seeks to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who have potential to make significant contributions to their departments and scholarly fields.

January 5, 2015 

This week's Science Nation video, Chemists work up new formulas for greener plastic, is about the research conducted at the NSF-funded Center for Sustainable Polymers. “Science Nation” is a video series commissioned by the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. The series is distributed throughout the world, including to and other media outlets on the Internet, the PBS Newshour Science page, local community TV stations in the U.S. via TelVue Connect Media Exchange, Voice of America for international broadcast distribution, the NSF STEM video portal Science360, the Knowledge Network video stream and Roku channel, and K-12 content distributors in the U.S. and abroad.  Some episodes also appear in the nationally-distributed PBS documentary series This American Land.

Zhang lab's work is highlighted in the video.

January 5, 2015  

Dr. Mingyong Xiong starts to work  at Bio-technical Resources as a senior fermentation scientist.

January 3, 2015  

Visiting scholars Tao Cai and Rui Guo finished their research training and returned to their home institutions.

December 11, 2014  

Professor Zhang won the 2014 Early Innovator Award for his invention of a renewable, sugar-based alternative to petroleum. The inaugural University of Minnesota Innovation Awards sought to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding University innovators who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, are actively engaged in developing new innovations and transitioning those technologies to the commercial market, and who have made an impact on society. 

News and Video

November  17-21, 2014   

Yi-shu Tai, Pooja Jambunathan  and Mingyong XIONG  presented talks at the AICHE annual meeting.

August 25, 2014   

Prof. Zhang presented an invited talk at BASF.

July 28, 2014   

The Zhang and Hackel labs were awarded the Spring 2014 Safest Lab Award by the Joint Safety Team.

July 21, 2014   

Prof. Zhang presented an invited talk at Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

July 21, 2014   

Prof. Zhang presented an invited talk, "Scalable production of mechanically tunable block polymers from sugar", at the SIMB annual meeting.

July 17, 2014   

Prof. Zhang presented an invited talk at the 6th Global Chinese Symposium of Chemical Engineering.

June 4, 2014   

Prof. Zhang presented a talk at the UCLA workshop on metabolics and metabolic engineering.

May 19, 2014     

Vamsi Bhadriraju & Cole Stapleton start their summer research with the support from UROP.

Ryan Smith will be supported by MnDrive undergraduate research program.

May 16, 2014     

Prof. Zhang presented an invited talk, “"Engineering New Microbial Factories for Sustainable Chemicals", at 3M.

May 16, 2014     

Yuntao Xiao graduates with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He will head to University of Pennsylvania to pursue a PhD degree.

May, 2014     

Prof. Zhang is the senior PI of Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP). CSP is in the process of securing Phase II support from NSF at a level of $20 million over five years.

May 13, 2014     

Our biodegradable polymer paper will be highlighted on the "In This Issue" section of PNAS. Also the paper will be featured in Chemical & Engineering News

April 11, 2014

The collaborative paper with Marc Hillmyer group and Frank Bates groupis accepted by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   This paper titled “Scalable production of mechanically tunable block polymers from sugar" describes the first type of economically viable biodegradable elastomers.     

March 6, 2014    

Fermentation of the elastomeric polymer monomer has been successfullyscaled up in a 500 liter bioreactor at the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute.