Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigator- Junliang Zhang

Junliang Zhang received his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering (2009) and M.S. in Applied Chemistry (2012) from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2017 at the University of Warwick, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Sébastien Perrier, working on the synthesis of multiblock copolymers with intricate nanostructures through reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. He then moved to Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert’s group, to investigate the self-assembly of gradient and multi-block copolymers. In October 2018, he joined the School of Chemistry of and Chemical Engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University. His current research interests mainly focus on the design and synthesis of liquid crystalline (multi)block copolymers and their applications in elastomeric, thermally conductive, and wave-transparent materials.

Read Junliang’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘Enhancing intrinsic thermal conductivities of epoxy resins by introducing biphenyl mesogen-containing liquid crystalline co-curing agents’ DOI: 10.1039/D2PY01157C

Check out our interview with Junliang below

1. How do you feel about Polymer Chemistry as a place to publish research on this topic?

Polymer Chemistry is one of the leading journals in design, synthesis, and application of polymeric materials. The submission and reviewing experience has always been very pleasant. By submitting our manuscripts in Polymer Chemistry, we can always expect a professional and timely processing. I am very excited to publish our work on thermally conductive polymeric materials in Polymer Chemistry.


2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

What I am most excited about at the moment is we can make polymers with precisely controlled molecular structures, the properties and functionalities of which can be tuned on demand. The biggest challenge is how to make our designed polymeric materials through a straight-forward procedure and at a low cost for practical applications.

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