The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia


ZHU Yonggang

Birth Year 1962
Position Research Group Leader, Project Leader & Senior Principal
Research Scientist, Senior Technology Fellow
Adjunct Professor
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Private Bag 33, Clayton VIC 3169, Australia
Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), 151 Wellington Road, Clayton, Vic 3168, Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, 3122, and Victoria University, Melbourne 8001, Australia
Telephone +61-3-95452791
Mobile 0400418047

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
2002– Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Melbourne Victoria, 3122, Australia
2011 Senior Technology Fellow, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia
2011- Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, 37 Graham Road, Highett, Melbourne, VIC 3190, Australia
2011- Research Group Leader for Fluid Dynamics & Project Leader, CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, 37 Graham Road, Highett, Melbourne, VIC 3190, Australia
2010- Adjunct Professor, Victoria University, Melbourne 8001, Australia
2004-2011 Research Team Leader for Microfluids & Project Leader, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (including ex-Divisions of Building Construction and Eng., Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology and Manufacturing and Materials Technology), 37 Graham Road, Highett, Victoria 3190, Australia
2003 Secondment Visiting Scientist, Microfluidics Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
1998-2003 Senior Research Scientist, Thermal and Fluids Engineering, CSIRO Division of Building, Construction and Engineering, 37 Graham Road, Highett, Melbourne, Victoria 3190, Australia
1997–1998 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
1995-1997 Research Associate & Academic Tutor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia
1992-1995 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia
1985-1989 Hohai University, Enrolled in Master’s Degree in Applied Hydraulics, accelerated into PhD program prior to graduation in1987 (abandoned later due to travel to Australia)
1980-1985 BEng in Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2012 Winner of the Australian Museum Eureka Science Award, Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security
2010 Elected Fellow, Institute of Engineers Australia
1998 Winner of the 15th Annual Fluid Mechanics Contest, American Physical Society, San Francisco, USA
1997 Fellowship of the Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, MD 21218, USA

• Chair and member of scientific committee, CSIRO Cutting Edge Symposium on Lab-on-a-chip sensing platforms: Interfacing physics with chemistry and biology, 2013.
• Member of scientific program committees (VCNST), October 2011, Chengdu, China.
• Elected Member of Editorial Board for Micro and NanoSystems, 2011-
• Member of scientific program committee of the International SPIE Conference "Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices", December 5-7, 2011, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
• Member of International Scientific Committee and Co-Chair for the Symposium ’Smart Materials and Devices for Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear, and Explosives Detection’ in the PacificChem 2010 Conference, 10-15 Dec. 2010, Hawaii, USA

Prof. Zhu has an active scientific career in fluid dynamics including turbulence, multiphase flows, microfluids and lab on a chip technologies. He is the Research Group Leader for Fluid Dynamics (applied fluids, biofluids and microfluids) in CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, a Senior Technology Fellow at Melbourne Centre for Nanofabricaiton, an Adjunct Professor of Swinburne University of Technology and Victoria University, a member of the editorial board for the international journal Micro and NanoSystems, and a Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Australia. Since 2004, he has been leading a team of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers focusing on research and development in lab on a chip technologies for applications in sensing, synthetic biology and new materials development. His significant achievements and distinctions in the field are evidenced by the successful completion of several large multidisciplinary research and development projects through his leadership, frequent invitations to deliver invited talks (including keynote) in international conferences, chairing conferences, invitations to contribution review articles in scientific journals and bookchapters, elected member for editorial board in international journal and scientific committees, and winning the prestigious 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defense or National Security for his lab on a chip chemical detection technology. Since the last few years, he has supervised six postgraduate students and three post-doctoral fellows in addition to the staff project members under his leadership. He has secured over $9M competitive grants over the last 5 years.

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations): 600 refereed journal papers, 13000 citation and h-index = 50
Professor Zhu has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers with papers with a lifetime citation of 760+ (h factor of 16, as of July 2012), many in highly recognized journals in the field such as Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Lab on a Chip, Anal. Chem. and J. Fluid Mech and 70% of the papers published in ERA A*/A category journals. He is also a co-inventor of 4 patents.

Professor Zhu’s key expertise is in fluids engineering which covers areas in turbulence, chemical and biological reactor engineering, sensors, microsystem engineering, lab-on-a-chip devices, separation science and microfabrication.

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
The areas of fluid dynamics and in particular microfluids and lab on a chip technologies have broad applications in energy, water, food, chemical manufacturing, mineral processing, biotechnology and medicine and are highly relevant to both Australia and China. The two countries should strengthen the existing collaborative linkages in the research and development in these areas and expand the applications to broader industrial sectors. Both countries could benefit from these collaborations. In particular, China could benefit from the rich natural resources, leading R&D in information technology, biotechnology, mineral processing, medicine, materials etc, and rich experience in commercialization from Australia while Australia will benefit from the ever increasing demand from China for resources, energy, technology, education and so on. The two countries need to be open-minded and respect for each other’s history, culture, social and political systems and focus on building mutual trust and achieving growth for both countries. There are existing collaborations between the two countries in the area of lab on a chip technologies, including those led by Prof. Zhu from CSIRO. We need to further expand these into biomedical devices, medicine, food quality, national security, water and environmental monitoring, etc. through joint research projects, commercialization, licensing, joint venture, training and education (including exchange students and visiting scholars).