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Jin Zhu

Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Email: jzhu@nimte.ac.cn
Phone: (0574) 86685925

Fax: (0574) 86685186

Research Gruop Url : http://english.nimte.cas.cn/rh/rd/bp


• Ph.D. in Organic/Polymer Chemistry, 2001, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 
  WI 53201, USA. (Advisor: Prof. Charles A. Wilkie)
• M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry, 1994, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy
  of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China. (Advisor: Prof. Zhenyi Li)
• B.Sc. in Chemistry, Qufu Normal University, 1991, Shandong 273165, China,


Bio-based polymers
• Polymer nanocomposites
• Flame retardancy of polymers
• Green composites
• Bio-based additives


• 05/2014- present, Head of Institute of Materials Technology, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
• 04/2012-present, Director of Polymer Composite Division, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
• 08/2009-present, Professor, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
• 07/2006-07/2009, Project Manager/Senior Scientist, YTC America Inc., Camarillo, California, USA
• 12/2004-06/2006, Director of Research and Development / Chief Scientist, Ovation Polymers, Medina, Ohio, USA
• 10/2003-11/2004, Scientist-Product Development, NEI Corporation, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
• 08/2001-09/2003, Postdoctoral Associate (under Prof. Emmanuel P. Giannelis), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
• 08/1997-07/2001, Research Assistant, Chemistry Department, Marquette Univeristy (Under Prof. Charles A. Wilkie), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
• 07/1994 – 07/1997, Assistant Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of    Sciences, Beijing, China
• 09/1991 – 06/1994, Graduate Research, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of    Sciences, Beijing, China


• 07/2013-present, President of Engineering Plastics Industry Association, China Plastics Processing Industry Association (CPPIA).
• 04/2015-present,  Member of Polymer Division, Chinese Chemical Society
• 07/2014-present, Member of Polymer Materials and Engineering Society of China (PMESC)


• 2012 China  “One-Thousand Talent Plan” Specialist
• 2010 Chinese Academy of Sciences “One- Hundred Talent Plan” Specialist

• 2001 Student Award of The American Institute of Chemist Foundation, USA

• Denis J. O’Brien Fellowship, Marquette University, 2001

• Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship, Marquette University, 2000-2001

• Richard W. Jobling Fellowship, MarquetteUniversity, 2000-2001

• ACS Travel Award, American Chemical Society of Milwaukee Section, 2000

Selected publications and patents


1. Zhu Xiong, Yong Yang, Jianxiang Feng, Xiaomin Zhang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Zhaobin Tang, Jin Zhu *. Preparation and characterization of poly(lactic acid)/starch composites toughened with epoxidized soybean oil, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2013,92, 810-816.
2. Zhu Xiong, Lisheng Zhang, Songqi Ma, Yong Yang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Zhaobin Tang, Jin Zhu *,Effect of castor oil enrichment layer produced by reaction on the properties of PLA/HDI-g-starch blends, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2013,94, 235-243.
3. Zhu Xiong, Chao Li, Songqi Ma, Jianxian Feng,Yong Yang, Ruoyu Zhang*, Jin Zhu*,  The Properties of Poly(lactic acid)/Starch Blends with a Plant Oil Plasticizer: Tung Oil Anhydride, Carbohydrate Polymers, 95(2013)77-84.
4. Chengsheng Gui, Xiaoqing Liu, Di Wu, Tuo Zhou, Guyue Wang, Jin Zhu*. Preparation of a new type of polyamidoamine and its application for soy flour-based adhesives,Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 2013, 90(2), 265-272.
5. Chengsheng Gui, Guyue Wang, Di Wu, Jin Zhu*, Xiaoqing Liu, Synthesis of a bio-based polyamidoamine-epichlorohydrin resin and its application for soy-based adhesives, International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives, 2013, 44, 237-242 s.
6. Ting Wang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Zhaobin Tang, Haining Na*, Jin Zhu*, Effect of 1,3,5-trialkyl-benzenetricarboxylamide on the Crystallization of Poly (lactic acid), Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2013,130,(2), 1328-1336,.
7. Chao Li, Xiaoqing Liu*, Jin Zhu*, Chuanzhi Zhang, JS Guo. Synthesis、Characterization of a Rosin-based Epoxy Monomer and Its Comparison with a Petroleum-based Counterpart , Journal of Macromolecular Science Part A: Pure & Applied Chemistry, 2013,50(3),321-329.
8. Songqi Ma, Xiaoqing Liu*, Yanhua Jiang, Zhaobin Tang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Jin Zhu*, Bio-based epoxy resin from itaconic acid and its thermosets cured with anhydride and comonomers, Green Chemistry, 15(1), 245-254,2013.
9. Qiangqiang Ma, Xiaoqing Liu*, Ruoyu Zhang, Jin Zhu* and Y.H. Jiang, Synthesis and Properties of Full Bio-based Thermosetting Resins from Rosin Acid and Soybean Oil: the role of rosin derivatives, Green Chemistry, 2013, 15, 1300-1310.
10. Lijun Cao, Xiaoqing Liu*, HaiNing Na, Yonggang Wu, Wenge Zheng, Jin Zhu*, How a bio-based epoxy monomer enhanced the properties of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A(DGEBA)/grapheme composites,  Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013(1) 5081-5088.
11. Lisheng Zhang, Yanhua Jiang, Xiaoqing Liu, Haining Na, Ruoyu Zhang*, Jin Zhu*, High Recoverable Rosin-based Shape Memory Polyurethanes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013,1, 3263-3267.
12. Jianxiang Feng,  Xiaomin Zhang,  Songqi Ma, Zhu Xiong, Chuanzhi Zhang, Yanhua Jiang, Jin Zhu*, Syntheses of Metallic Cyclodextrins and Their Use as Synergists in PVA/IFR System, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52(8), 2784-2792.
13. Xinyan Dai, Zhu Xiong, Haining Na*, Jin Zhu*. How does epoxidized soybean oil improve the toughness of microcrystalline cellulose filled polylactide acid composites. Composites Science and Technology. 2014, 90, 9-15.
14. Songqi Ma, Xiaoqing Liu*, Libo Fan, Yanhua Jiang, Lijun Cao, Zhaobin Tang, and Jin Zhu*, Synthesis and Properties of a Bio-based Epoxy Resin with High Epoxy Value and Low Viscosity, Chemsuschem, 2014,&(2),555-562.
15. Tianqiang Xu, Zhaobin Tang, Jin Zhu*. Synthesis of PLA-GMA graft copolymer and its application as a coupling agent in polylactide/bamboo flour biocomposites, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2012, 125:E622-E627.
16. Jianxiang Feng, Jin Zhu*,,Thermal and Fire properties of Novel Metallic β-cyclodexdrin Fire Retardant Applied in PLA and PVA, 2012’ International Symposium on Flame-Retardant Materials & Technologies, Chengdu, China, September, 2012.
17. Jianxiang Feng, Jin Zhu*,Ferrocene-β-cyclodextrin inclusion compound used in polystyrene intumescent flame retardant systerm, ACS, Polymer Science and Engineering, April,2012, San Diego ,USA.
18. Xiaoqing Liu*,Wen Huang, Yanhua Jiang , Jin Zhu, Chuanzhi Zhang, Preparation of a bio-based epoxy with comparable properties to those of petroleum-based counterparts,eXPRESS Polymer Letters , 2012, 6(4), 293–298.
19. Zhaobin Tang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Xiaoqing Liu, Jin Zhu*. The crystallization behavior and mechanical properties of polylactic acid in the presence of a crystal nucleating agent, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2012, 125: 1108-1115.
20. Jianxiang Feng, Shengpei Su, Jin Zhu*, An intumescent flame retardant system using β-cyclodextrin as a carbon source in polylactic acid (PLA). Polymer for Advanced Technology, 2011, 22,1115-1122.
21. Zhaobin Tang, Chuanzhi Zhang, Lingling Gao, Jin Zhu*, Heat Resistant Polylactic acid with Good Clarity,2011, ANTEC 2011,Boston.
22. Jiangxiang Feng, Shengpei, Su, Jin Zhu*, An Intumescent Flame Retardant System Using β-Cyclodextrin As A Carbon Source,2010’ International Symposium on Flame-Retardant Materials & Technologies, Chengdu, China, September, 2010.
23. Jin Zhu and Charles A. Wilkie, “Flammability Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites”, Polymer Nanocomposites Handbook,  Eds. R. K. Gupta, E. B. kennel and K. J. Kim, ISBN-13: 9780849397776, Talor & Francis Inc., Published in 2009.
24. Jin Zhu, Fawn Uhl, Charles A. Wilkie, “Recent Studies on Thermal Stability and Flame Retardancy of Polystyren-Nanocomposites”, Fire & Polymers: Materials and Solutions for Hazard Prevention, ACS Books, ISBN0-8412-3764-6,Oxford University Press, G. Nelson and C. A. Wilkie, Eds., 2001, 24-36.
25. Jin Zhu, Paul Start, Kenneth Mauritz, Charles A. Wilkie, “Silicon Methoxide Modified Clay and Its Polystyrene Nanocomposites”, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2002, 40(10), 1498-1503.
26. Jin Zhu, Alexander B. Morgan, Frank Lamelas, Charles A. Wilkie  “Fire Property of  PS-Clay Nanocomposite”,  Chemistry of Materials, 2001, 13(10), 3774-3780.
27. Jin Zhu, Fawn M. Uhl, Alexander B. Morgan, Charles A. Wilkie, “Studies on the Mechanism by Which the Formation of Nanocomposites Enhance Thermal Stability”, Chemistry of Materials, 2001, 13(12), 4649-4654.
28. Dongyan Wang, Jin Zhu, Qiang Yao, Charles A. Wilkie, Method Comparison for Polystyrene- and PMMA-Clay Nanocomposites Preparation and Its Thermal Properties, Chemistry of Materials, 2002, 14(9), 3837-3843。
29. Jin Zhu, Paul Start, Kenneth Mauritz, Charles A. Wilkie, “Thermal Stability and Flame Retardancy of Poly (Methyl Methacrylate)-Clay Nanocomposites”, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2002, 77, 253-258.
30. Jin Zhu, Charles A. Wilkie “Thermal and Fire Studies on Polystyrene-Clay Nanocomposites”,  Polymer International, 2000, 49, 1158-1163.
31. Jianxin Du, Jin Zhu, Charles A. Wilkie, and Jianqi Wang, "An XPS Investigation of Thermal Degradation and Charring of PMMA Clay Nanocomposites", Polymer Degradation and Stability,  2002, 77(3), 377-381.
32. Jianqi Wang, Jianwei Hao, Jin Zhu, Charles A. Wilkie, “An XPS Study of the Thermal Degradation of Polystyrene-Clay Nanocomposites”, Polymer Degradation and Stability,  2002, 77, 249-252.
33. Jin Zhu, Micheal A. McKinney, Charles. A. Wilkie, Stabilization of Polystyrene by Friedel-Crafts Chemistry: Effect of Poisition of Alcohol and the Catalyst, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 1999, 66(2), 213-220.


  • Jin Zhu, Lingling Gao, Preparation of a novel non-formaldehyde wood adhesive, CN 101412898, April 22, 2009.
  • Jin Zhu, Leonid Grigorian, Fikret Kirkbir, Ray Chaudhuri, Biodegradable Polymers, 61/105,726, October 15, 2008
  • Jin Zhu, Leonid Grigorian, Fikret Kirkbir, Ray Chaudhuri, Biodegradable Polymers, 61/053,321, May 15, 2008
  • Asis Banerjie, Jin Zhu, Anti-Microbial Thermoplastic Polymers, 60/884,245, January 10, 2007.
  • Asis Banerjie, Jin Zhu, Thermally Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites, 60/884,248, January 10, 2007.
  • Asis Banerjie, Hirishikesh Manian, Jin Zhu, Electrically Conductive Polymer NanoComposites Made Through Plasma Polymerization Coating, 60/884,250, January 20, 2007.
  • Jin Zhu, Nishant Negandhi, Flame Retardant Polycarbonate Composition, US 7,358,287, 2007.
  • Nishant Negandhi, Jin Zhu, Low Organic Vapor Permeation Resin Composition, Provisional Patent Application Serial Number, 60/686315, June 1, 2005.
  • Jin Zhu, Hrishikesh Manian, Polycarbonate Based Thermoplastic Alloy, Provisional Patent Serial Number 60/682,880, May 24, 2005.
  • Jin Zhu, Engineering Thermoplastic Elastomer, Provisional Patent Serial Number 60/662,611, March 18, 2005.
  • Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Jin Zhu, Byoungkyeu Park, Kyung Hoon Seo “ Composite of High Melting Polymer and Nanoclay with Enhanced Properties”, US 7,148,282, 2006.
  • Charles A. Wilkie, Jin Zhu, Hongyang Yao, Michael A. McKinney “Method to Produce Flame Retardant Styrenic Polymers and Product Produced Thereby”, US 6,333,385, 2001.
  • >Li Zhenyi, Zhu Jin, Cheng Youqing, Zhang Dong, “ Preparation and Application of Polyester-polyether Multiblock Copolymers”, CN 1177606, 1998.