Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Professor, Flinders University, Adelaide

Title: Biorefinery for Bioproducts and Bioenergy Production

Professor Wei Zhang, a Biochemical Engineer since 1989, is an expert in bioprocess engineering, marine bioproducts engineering, and industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology including, marine bioprocessing, molecular and integrated bioprocessing, microalgal biofuels and biorefinery, bioproduct discovery and development, membrane bioreactor, fermentation, plant and animal cell culture. He obtained his PhD from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1994, and did postdoctoral fellowships in University of Tokyo, Adelaide University and Cambridge University, joining Flinders University in 1998. Since 2000, he has secured many national and international grants of over A$50 million for over 50 research projects, including Australian national CRC Projects on plant cell and seafood bioprocessing, large microalgae biorefinery projects focused on biofuels and high-efficiency bioprocessing technologies, and also many large projects on macroalgae biodiscovery and bioproducts. He has over 270 refereed publications and conference proceedings, 25 patents, and is an editorial member of three International Journals. He has organized and co-organized many international conferences, including co-chairing the 13th International Biotechnology Symposium, with over 2500 participants from 80 countries. In 2008 he won the “South Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Award”. In 2016 he won the “Convention Adelaide Award”. Since 2009, he became the founding Director of the Flinders Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, leading the development of Australia-New New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Network. He is currently the President of Australia-New New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society, and the Chair of Marine Biotechnology Subcommittee, Australian National Marine Science Committee.