Yagang received his B.S. from Lanzhou University in 2000 and his M.S. from Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry/Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003 with Professor Eli, Wumanjiang working on Synthesis, Analysis and Mechanism for Bio-activity of Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Ester. He worked two years as a project manager at XJIPC for developing several oil and fats based fine chemicals and was promoted to Associate Professor in April 2005. He moved to the United States in 2005 started his Ph.D. study with Professor Ken D. Shimizu working on molecular recognition and molecular imprinted polymers. He joined Professor Zimmerman’s group as a Postdoc in 2010. In Zimmerman group, Yagang is fascinated in designing novel materials based on supramolecular interactions and molecular recognition. He joined Professor Kenneth S. Suslick group in 2012 working on explosives detection using colorimetric sensor arrays.
Research interest in Dr. Zhang’s group focus on design and development of advanced functional materials, chemical sensors, molecularly imprinted polymers and sensor arrays, composite materials, green chemistry and clean process based on molecular recognition.