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Hongbo Zeng, PhD

Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier (I)


Chemical and Materials Engineering

About Me

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 material systems (e.g., polymers, biopolymers, surfactants, emulsions), complex fluids, petroleum, oil sands and mineral processing, and development of functional 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 about 180 refereed research articles in top journals and 7 book chapters, edited a book “Polymer Adhesion, Friction and Lubrication” (Wiley). Dr. Zeng received the Peebles Award of the Adhesion Society (2007), Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Research Award (Silver Medal) (2007), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2013), Martha Cook Piper Research Prize (2016), and The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award (2016). He was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in 2017.


Dr. Hongbo Zeng is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Intermolecular Forces and Interfacial Science. He received his BSc and MSc degrees at Tsinghua University and obtained his PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Key themes: Surface Interfacial Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering