University of Alberta
Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Intermolecular Forces and Interfacial Science
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Science
NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow
Dr. Hongbo Zeng received his BSc and MSc at Tsinghua University and PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in intermolecular forces and interfacial science, a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Zeng’s research interests are in colloid and interface science, functional materials & nanotechnology, with a special focus on intermolecular and surface interactions in soft materials (e.g., polymers, biopolymers, surfactants, emulsions, hydrogels), complex fluids, petroleum, oil sands and mineral processing, and development of functional materials (e.g., self-healing materials). His lab has developed and applied various nanomechanical tools and methodologies to probe the intermolecular and interfacial forces at solid/water/oil/gas interfaces and between highly deformable objects such as gas bubbles and liquid emulsion drops in different engineering systems. He has published more than 400 refereed research articles in top journals, one book and 9 book chapters. His work has been recognized by many awards, such as the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, Engineering Research Award of the University of Alberta, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, CSChE Innovation Award of The Chemical Institute of Canada, Killam Professorship, NSERC Steacie Fellowship (presented by The Governor General of Canada), and the van der Waals Prize.