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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Jinwen Zhang

Jinwen Zhang


509-335-5077 fax

Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC)


  • Ph.D. in Polymer Science,University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA, 1996
  • M.E. in Technology of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology (China), 1991
  • B.E. in Dyeing & Finishing, Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology (China), 1984

Professional Preparation

  • Post-Doctoral Appointment, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1997 – 1999
  • Consulting Chemist, Bio-Crystals Corporation, Boston, MA, 1997
  • Instructor, Dandong Institute of Silk Textile, China, 1984 – 1988

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, processing and application development of biobased polymer materials
  • Structure and properties of polymer blends and composites
  • Polymer foaming and fiber spinning technologies
  • Polymer stabilization and flame retardancy
  • Polymer hydrogel and controlled release

Research Areas

Polymers & Composites

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • Book – “Rosin-based Chemicals and Polymers”, edited by Jinwen Zhang, iSmithers Rapra Publishing 2012, ISBN: 9781847355041.
  • Pei Zhang; Jinwen Zhang.* One-step acrylation of soybean oil (SO) for the preparation of SO-based macromonomers, Green Chemistry 2013, 15, 641-645.
  • Hongzhi Liu; Feng Chen; Bo Liu; Gregory Estep; Jinwen Zhang. Super toughened poly(lactic acid) ternary blends by simultaneous dynamic vulcanization and interfacial compatibilization, Macromolecules 2010, 43, 6058- 6066.
  • Jinwen Zhang; Long Jiang; Linyong Zhu; Jay-lin Jane; Perminus Mungara. Morphology and properties of soy protein and polylactide blends, Biomacromolecules 2006, 7, 1551 – 1561.
  • Long Jiang; Michael P. Wolcott; Jinwen Zhang. Study of biodegradable polylactide/poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) blends, Biomacromoecules 2006, 7, 199 – 207.
  • Jinwen Zhang; Perminus Mungara; Jay-lin Jane. Mechanical and thermal properties of extruded soy protein sheets, Polymer 2001, 42, 2569 – 2578.