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Xueyan Zhao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor of AIChE Student Chapter

Office Phone: (951) 552-8855
E-mail: xzhao@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 351
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering University of Minnesota 2010
M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering University of Akron 2006
B.S. Chemical Engineering Tianjin University 1999
  • Additional Education

    Preparing Future Faculty Program, University of Minnesota, 2009

  • Courses Taught

    Engineering Christian Worldview (EGR101)
    Introduction Engineering Design (EGR102)
    Intro Math Engineering Application-Lab (EGR182-Lab)
    Engineering Design & Documentation (EGR302)
    Leadership Cohort (EGR304)
    Chemicl Engineerng Thermodynamics (EGR372)
    Material Engineering & Selection (EGR373)
    Separations-Lab (EGR374-Lab)
    Bioprocess Engineering (EGR400)
    Chemical Engineering Lab (EGR477)

    Courses taught at University of Minnesota

    MT3141 Bionanotechnology
    BBE 4713 Bioprocess Engineering
    BBE 4401 Bioproducts Engineering

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Dr. Zhao's previous research is primarily in the interdisciplinary areas of chemical engineering and nanobiotechnology. Her research projects included biofuel cells, biosensors, protein separation, and polymer-based coatings, and Dr. Zhao’s current projects are focused on the testing and longevity of polymeric materials.

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Dr. Zhao worked as a lecturer in the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota from 2010 to 2015.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    1. G. Dai, J. Hu, X. Zhao, P. Wang. A Colorimetric Paper Sensor for Lactate Assay Using a Cellulose-Binding Recombinant Enzyme. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, July 2016, 238, 138–144.
    2. Kumar, G.; Wee, Y.; Lee, I.; Sun, H. J.; Zhao, X.; Xia, S.; Kim, S.; Lee, J.; Wang, P.; Kim, J. Stabilized glycerol dehydrogenase for the conversion of glycerol to dihydroxyacetone. Chemical Engineering Journal 2015, 276(15) 283–8.
    3.Zhang L, Cao X, Wang L, Zhao X, Zhang S, Wang P. Printed microwells with highly stable thin-film enzyme coatings for point-of-care multiplex bioassay of blood samples. Analyst 2015 Apr 20.
    4.Xia, S.; Zhao, X.; Frigo-Vaz, B.; Zheng, W.; Kim, J.; Wang, P. Cascade enzymatic reactions for efficient carbon sequestration. Bioresource Technology. 2015, 182:368-72.
    5.Xia, S.; Frigo-Vaz, B.; Zhao, X.; Kim, J.; Wang, P. Biocatalytic Carbon Capture via Reversible Reaction Cycle Catalyzed by Isocitrate Dehydrogenase. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 2014, 452(1):147-50.
    6.Zhao, X.; Lu, X.; Tze, W.; Kim, J.; Wang, P. Cellulosic Carbon Fibers with Branching Carbon Nanotubes for Enhanced Electrochemical Activities for Bioprocessing Applications. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5 (18), pp 8853–6.
    7.Zhang, L.; Wu, S.; Buthe, A.; Zhao, X.; Jia, H.; Zhang, S.; Wang, P., Poly(ethylene glycol) Conjugated Enzyme with Enhanced Hydrophobic Compatibility for Self-Cleaning Coatings ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2012, 4 (11), 5981-7.
    8.Tong, X.; El-Zahab, B.; Zhao, X.; Liu, Y.; Wang, P.; Enzymatic Synthesis of L-Lactic Acid from Carbon Dioxide and Ethanol with an Inherent Cofactor Regeneration Cycle. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2011, 108(2):465-9.
    9.Zhao, X.; Kim, B. C.; Wang, P. et al. Highly Stable Enzyme Precipitate Coatings and Their Electrochemical Applications. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2011, 26(5), 1980-6.
    10.Zhao, X.; Lu, X.; Tze, W. T.; Wang, P. A Single Carbon Fiber Microelectrode with Branching Carbon Nanotubes for Bioelectrochemical Processes. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2010, 25(10):2343-50.
    11.Baskaya, F.; Zhao, X.; et al. Thermodynamic Feasibility of Enzymatic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2010, 162:391–398.
    12.Kwon, K.; Youn, J.; Kim, J.; Park, Y.; Jeon, C.; Kim, B.; Kwon, Y.; Zhao, X.; et al. Nanoscale Enzyme Reactors in Mesoporous Carbon for Improved Performance and Lifetime of Biosensors and Biofuel Cells. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2010, 26(2):655-60.
    13.Zhao, X.; Jia, H.; Kim, J.; Wang, P. Kinetic Limitations of a Bioelectrochemical Electrode using Carbon Nanotube-Supported Glucose Oxidase for Biofuel Cells. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2009, 104(6):1068-74.
    14.Jia, H.; Zhao, X.; Kim, J.; Wang, P. Carbon Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Biofuel Cells Chapter 18 of Biomolecular Catalysis: Nanoscale Science and Technology.
    15.Zhao, X. El-Zahab, B. Wang, P. et al., An Organic Soluble Lipase for Water-Free Synthesis of Biodiesel. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2007, 143, 236-243.
    16.Fischback, M. Youn, J. Zhao, X. et al., Miniature Biofuel Cells with Improved Stability Under Continuous Operation. Electroanalysis, 2006, 18(19-20), 2016 – 2022.
    17.Zhao, X. Tong, X. Sun, Y. Single-step purification of Lysozyme by an expanded bed with streamline SP. Journal of Process Engineering. 2004, 4(2), 103-108.

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Student representative in faculty search committee in 2009
    Chinese teacher from 2010-2012 and year of 2015
    Outreach to local elementary school
    Faculty Senate

  • Interests & Hobbies


  • Personal Philosophy

    He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Proverbs 2:7
    For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Proverbs 2:10