Inventor of Fast Hydrolysis Process (US patent#: 8268126)
Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy
Associate Editor, Biotechnology for Biofuels
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Biofpr (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)
Leader and founder of biomass group, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zhen Fang, Professor in Bioenergy; Inventor of Fast Hydrolysis Process (US patent#: 8268126); Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries; Leader and founder of biomass group, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden. He is also adjunct full Professor of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China.
He has background in both bioenergy (PhD, Agr. Eng. China Agr. Univ. 1991) and nanotechnology (PhD, Mat.Eng. McGill, 2003).
He has 23 years in bioenergy, more than 13 years in hydrothermal, nanotechnology and diamond anvil cell techniques of international research experiences at top universities and institutes around the world (China, Canada, Japan and Spain). He found that hot-water can completely dissolve and hydrolyze cellulose that was published in I&EC Research, and was further selected as the “95 Most-Cited I&EC Research Publications” (cites: 365 from Scopus). He invented a technique to completely dissolve and fast hydrolyze wood in hot-water that may open up a new field in refining wood solution (US patent#: 8268126; US 2012/0067342 A1, Notice of Allowance, June 2015). He has 174 scientific publications (papeprs in journals and conference proceedings, reports, books and book chapters) and patents, including more than 91 papers (Scopus-indexed, Scopus Author ID: 7402681505), published in the top international journals in the areas of energy and chemical engineering, such as Prog Energy Combust, AIChE J, Combust Flame, Int J Hydrogen Energy, Appl Energy, Energy Convers Manage，Bioresource Technol, J Supercrit Fluid, Nanotech, Fuel, Energ Fuel, Ind Eng Chem Res, J Am Ceram Soc, Proc Combust Inst, Environ Sci Tech, Renew Sust Energ Rev, Biofuels Bioprod Biorefin, and Biotechnol Biofuels. The total cites are >2000 times, H index 23 for his papers. He is listed in “2014 Most Cited Chinese Researchers” in energy (Elsevier-Scopus). He wrote 3 books (2 in English), 10 book chapters, 29 papers in refereed conference proceedings and 7 reports, edited 10 books (in English), gave 32 keynote & invited lectures and 27 oral presentations & posters, and filed 27 Chinese, 3 US and 3 international PCT invention patents (19 Chinese and 2 US patents were authorized), and founded a spin-off company in New York to transfer his tech. He won Yunnan governor’s friendship award, serving as Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy; associate editor, Biotechnology for Biofuels (Impact factor 6.2, Highest IF in Biofuels);and9 editorial board members of international journals (e.g., Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining -Biofpr, IF 4.3; Energy, Sustainability and Society-a Springer open journal).
Publication Summary (Scopus: total cites: >2000, H index 23; Authorized patents: 21 (2 US); Books: 13; 1 spin-out company in New York)