Chunxia Zhao

Professor Chunxia Zhao

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Chun-Xia Zhao is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at University of Adelaide, and a Honorary Professor at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. She leads a research group focusing on bioinspired engineering, biomimetic nanomaterials and microfluidics for drug delivery and controlled release. Before joining UofA in July 2021, She was a Group leader and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland (UQ). She joined AIBN, UQ in early 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow after obtained her PhD degree in Zhejiang University.

In 2011, Prof. Zhao was awarded an ARC Discovery project along with the Australian Postdoctoral Fellow as the sole investigator. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Her research in bio-inspired nanotechnology and microfluidics has attracted more than $10 M research funding since 2011, including six Australian Research Council projects as the lead CI or sole CI, Node leader and Program Leader of ARC Centre of Excellence, three national prestigious fellowship (Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, and NHMRC Leadership Fellowship), and 13 UQ grants. In 2014, she worked with Prof. David Weitz (a pioneer in microfluidics) at Harvard University as Fellow of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2016, her research excellence was recognised by the UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. She has been appointed as member of the 2019 ARC College of Experts (2019-2021).

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field, Professor Zhao was awarded an L1 Investigator Grant from the NHMRC (2022-2026) for her project "Novel nanotechnology strategies towards a new paradigm of precision nanomedicine".

Prof. Zhao has contributed substantial high quality scientific papers in international top refereed journals such as Science Advances, Nature Comm, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ACS Nano, Chemical Communications, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and so on. She has been focusing on innovative research, and has been active in patent application to transfer her research into practical applications, as evidenced by her six patents. One of her patents was licensed to an international company. She has built extensive collaborations with scientists at top universities such as Harvard University, Brown University, etc. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board member for several journals.

Prof. Zhao leads a research team with a focus on the development of bioinspired micro/nanostructures for drug delivery and bioinspired devices (e.g. organs-on-a-chip models) for drug screening and evaluation. She has been focusing on innovative research as evidenced by her six patents. Prof Zhao’s research has attracted more than $7 M in research funding since 2011, including UQ Node Leader and Leader of Research Program 3 in an ARC Centre of Excellence (2020-2027), six Australian Research Council projects as the lead investigator, two national prestigious fellowship (Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and Future Fellowship), UQ grants and industry projects. She has been recognised for scientific excellence with a 2016 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. She has been appointed as member of the 2019 Australian Research Council College of Experts (2019-2021). She has built extensive collaborations with scientists at top universities such as Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, etc. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board member for several journals.

Several PhD scholarships are available about T cell immunotherapy, mRNA therapeutics, polymer nanomedicine, lipid nanomedicines, novel biomolecule design for mineral particle separation. Please email chunxia.zhao@adelaide.edu.au with your CV, including a summary of academic qualifications, work and research experience, and publication list, to discuss opportunities.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Professor University of Adelaide
    2021 - 2024 Honorary Professor University of Queensland
    2018 - 2021 Associate Professor and Group Leader The Universtiy of Queensland
    2015 - 2020 ARC Future Fellow and Group Leader The University of Queensland
    2014 - 2014 Fellow of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Harvard University
    2011 - 2014 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Queensland
    2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Queensland
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2016 University of Queensland Australia Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
    2004 - 2007 Zhejiang University China PhD degree
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Tengjisi., Hui, Y., Fan, Y., Zou, D., Talbo, G. H., Yang, G., & Zhao, C. X. (2022). Influence of nanoparticle mechanical property on protein corona formation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 606(Pt 2), 1737-1744.
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    2021 Wilson, R. J., Li, Y., Yang, G., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Nanoemulsions for drug delivery. Particuology.
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    2021 Tengjisi., Hui, Y., Yang, G., Fu, C., Liu, Y., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Biomimetic core–shell silica nanoparticles using a dual-functional peptide. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 581(Pt A), 185-194.
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    2021 Brooks, A., Liang, X., Zhang, Y., Zhao, C. X., Roberts, M. S., Wang, H., . . . Crawford, D. H. G. (2021). Liver organoid as a 3D in vitro model for drug validation and toxicity assessment. Pharmacological Research, 169, 105608.
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    2021 Zou, D., Wang, H., Liu, X., Xu, Z. P., Roberts, M. S., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Artificial cells for the treatment of liver diseases. Acta Biomaterialia, 130, 98-114.
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    2021 Yang, G., Liu, Y., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Quantitative comparison of different fluorescent dye-loaded nanoparticles. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 206, 9 pages.
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    2021 Wilson, R. J., Hui, Y., Whittaker, A. K., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Facile bioinspired synthesis of iron oxide encapsulating silica nanocapsules. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 601, 78-84.
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    2021 Yang, G., Liu, Y., Hui, Y., Tengjisi., Chen, D., Weitz, D. A., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Implications of Quenching-to-Dequenching Switch in Quantitative Cell Uptake and Biodistribution of Dye-Labeled Nanoparticles. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 60(28), 15426-15435.
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    2021 Dai, X., Ruan, J., Guo, Y., Sun, Z., Liu, J., Bao, X., . . . Zhao, P. (2021). Enhanced radiotherapy efficacy and induced anti-tumor immunity in HCC by improving hypoxia microenvironment using oxygen microcapsules. Chemical Engineering Journal, 422, 130109.
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    2021 Baby, T., Liu, Y., Yang, G., Chen, D., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Microfluidic synthesis of curcumin loaded polymer nanoparticles with tunable drug loading and pH-triggered release. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 594, 474-484.
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    2021 Wu, B., Sun, Z., Wu, J., Ruan, J., Zhao, P., Liu, K., . . . Chen, D. (2021). Nanoparticle-Stabilized Oxygen Microcapsules Prepared by Interfacial Polymerization for Enhanced Oxygen Delivery. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 60(17), 9284-9289.
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    2021 Yang, M., Gao, Y., Liu, Y., Yang, G., Zhao, C. X., & Wu, K. J. (2021). Integration of microfluidic systems with external fields for multiphase process intensification. Chemical Engineering Science, 234, 1-26.
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    2021 Xu, X., Huang, X., Chang, Y., Yu, Y., Zhao, J., Isahak, N., . . . Whittaker, A. K. (2021). Antifouling Surfaces Enabled by Surface Grafting of Highly Hydrophilic Sulfoxide Polymer Brushes. Biomacromolecules, 22(2), 330-339.
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    2021 Wang, H. F., Liu, Y., Yang, G., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Macrophage-mediated cancer drug delivery. Materials Today Sustainability, 11-12, 1-6.
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    2021 Li, W., Chen, Q., Baby, T., Jin, S., Liu, Y., Yang, G., & Zhao, C. X. (2021). Insight into drug encapsulation in polymeric nanoparticles using microfluidic nanoprecipitation. Chemical Engineering Science, 235, 1-8.
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    2021 Gao, Y., Zhao, C. X., & Sainsbury, F. (2021). Droplet shape control using microfluidics and designer biosurfactants. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 584, 528-538.
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    2021 Sun, Z., Wu, B., Ren, Y., Wang, Z., Zhao, C. X., Hai, M., . . . Chen, D. (2021). Diverse particle carriers prepared by co-precipitation and phase separation: formation and applications. ChemPlusChem, 86(1), 49-58.
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    2020 Liu, Y., Yang, G., Jin, S., Xu, L., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Development of High-Drug-Loading Nanoparticles. ChemPlusChem, 85(9), 2143-2157.
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    2020 Wang, H. F., Liu, Y., Wang, T., Yang, G., Zeng, B., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Tumor-Microenvironment-on-a-Chip for Evaluating Nanoparticle-Loaded Macrophages for Drug Delivery. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 6(9), 5040-5050.
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    2020 Lu, L., Li, B., Ding, S., Fan, Y., Wang, S., Sun, C., . . . Zhang, F. (2020). NIR-II bioluminescence for in vivo high contrast imaging and in situ ATP-mediated metastases tracing. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-11.
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    2020 Liu, Y., Yang, G., Zou, D., Hui, Y., Nigam, K., Middelberg, A. P. J., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Formulation of nanoparticles using mixing-induced nanoprecipitation for drug delivery. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 59(9), 4134-4149.
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    2020 Hui, Y., Yi, X., Wibowo, D., Yang, G., Middelberg, A. P. J., Gao, H., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Nanoparticle elasticity regulates phagocytosis and cancer cell uptake. Science Advances, 6(16), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS30 Europe PMC5
    2020 Liu, Y., Yang, G., Jin, S., Zhang, R., Chen, P., Tengjisi., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2020). J-Aggregate-Based FRET Monitoring of Drug Release from Polymer Nanoparticles with High Drug Loading. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 59(45), 20065-20074.
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    2020 Ho, C. M. B., Sun, Q., Teo, A. J. T., Wibowo, D., Gao, Y., Zhou, J., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2020). Development of a Microfluidic Droplet-Based Microbioreactor for Microbial Cultivation. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 6(6), 3630-3637.
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    2020 Han, F. Y., Liu, Y., Kumar, V., Xu, W., Yang, G., Zhao, C. X., . . . Smith, M. T. (2020). Sustained-release ketamine-loaded nanoparticles fabricated by sequential nanoprecipitation. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 581, 1-7.
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    2020 Wu, B., Yang, C., Li, B., Feng, L., Hai, M., Zhao, C. X., . . . Weitz, D. A. (2020). Active Encapsulation in Biocompatible Nanocapsules. Small, 16(30), 1-7.
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    2020 Yang, G., Liu, Y., Jin, S., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Development of Core-Shell Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Systems Based on Biomimetic Mineralization. ChemBioChem, 21(20), 2871-2879.
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    2020 Zou, D., Yu, L., Sun, Q., Hui, Y., Tengjisi., Liu, Y., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2020). A general approach for biomimetic mineralization of MOF particles using biomolecules. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 193, 1-9.
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    2020 Liu, Y., Yang, G., Baby, T., Tengjisi., Chen, D., Weitz, D. A., & Zhao, C. X. (2020). Stable Polymer Nanoparticles with Exceptionally High Drug Loading by Sequential Nanoprecipitation. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 59(12), 4720-4728.
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    2020 Ruan, Q., Wang, H., Burke, L. J., Bridle, K. R., Li, X., Zhao, C. X., . . . Liang, X. (2020). Therapeutic modulators of hepatic stellate cells for hepatocellular carcinoma. International Journal of Cancer, 147(6), 1519-1527.
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    2019 Ran, R., Wang, H. F., Hou, F., Liu, Y., Hui, Y., Petrovsky, N., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2019). A microfluidic tumor-on-a-chip for assessing multifunctional liposomes' tumor targeting and anticancer efficacy. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 8(8), 1-10.
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    2019 Yu, L., Sun, Q., Hui, Y., Seth, A., Petrovsky, N., & Zhao, C. X. (2019). Microfluidic formation of core-shell alginate microparticles for protein encapsulation and controlled release. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 539, 497-503.
    DOI Scopus43 Europe PMC4
    2019 Li, W., Wang, H. F., Li, Z. Y., Wang, T., & Zhao, C. X. (2019). Numerical investigation of drug transport from blood vessels to tumour tissue using a Tumour-Vasculature-on-a-Chip. Chemical Engineering Science, 208, 1-10.
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    2019 Hui, Y., Yi, X., Hou, F., Wibowo, D., Zhang, F., Zhao, D., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2019). Role of Nanoparticle Mechanical Properties in Cancer Drug Delivery. ACS Nano, 13(7), 7410-7424.
    DOI Scopus82 Europe PMC15
    2019 Wibowo, D., & Zhao, C. X. (2019). Recent achievements and perspectives for large-scale recombinant production of antimicrobial peptides. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103(2), 659-671.
    DOI Scopus20 Europe PMC8
    2019 Kong, L., Chen, R., Wang, X., Zhao, C. X., Chen, Q., Hai, M., . . . Weitz, D. A. (2019). Controlled co-precipitation of biocompatible colorant-loaded nanoparticles by microfluidics for natural color drinks. Lab on a Chip, 19(12), 2089-2095.
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    2019 Peters, B., Wibowo, D., Yang, G., Hui, Y., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2019). Evaluation of baiting fipronil-loaded silica nanocapsules against termite colonies in fields. Heliyon, 5(8), e02277.
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    2019 Yang, G., Liu, Y., Wang, H., Wilson, R., Hui, Y., Yu, L., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2019). Bioinspired core-shell nanoparticles for hydrophobic drug delivery. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 58(40), 14357-14364.
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    2018 Sun, Q., Tan, S. H., Chen, Q., Ran, R., Hui, Y., Chen, D., & Zhao, C. X. (2018). Microfluidic Formation of Coculture Tumor Spheroids with Stromal Cells As a Novel 3D Tumor Model for Drug Testing. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4(12), 4425-4433.
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    2018 Sun, B., Wibowo, D., Sainsbury, F., & Zhao, C. X. (2018). Design and production of a novel antimicrobial fusion protein in Escherichia coli. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 102(20), 8763-8772.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC1
    2018 Sun, B., Wibowo, D., Middelberg, A. P., & Zhao, C. -X. (2018). Cost-effective downstream processing of recombinantly produced pexiganan peptide and its antimicrobial activity. AMB Express, 8(1), 1-14.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS12 Europe PMC2
    2018 Hui, Y., Wibowo, D., Liu, Y., Ran, R., Wang, H., Seth, A., . . . Zhao, C. (2018). Understanding the effects of nanocapsular mechanical property on passive and active tumor targeting. ACS Nano, 12(3), 2846-2857.
    DOI Scopus58 WoS55 Europe PMC12
    2018 Liu, Y., Hui, Y., Ran, R., Yang, G., Wibowo, D., Wang, H., . . . Zhao, C. (2018). Synergetic combinations of dual-targeting ligands for enhanced in vitro and in vivo tumor targeting. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7(15), 1800106-1-1800106-11.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS27 Europe PMC5
    2018 Ran, R., Wang, H., Liu, Y., Hui, Y., Sun, Q., Seth, A., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2018). Microfluidic self-assembly of a combinatorial library of single- and dual-ligand liposomes for in vitro and in vivo tumor targeting. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 130, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus30 Europe PMC11
    2018 Wang, H. F., Ran, R., Liu, Y., Hui, Y., Zeng, B., Chen, D., . . . Zhao, C. X. (2018). Tumor-Vasculature-on-a-Chip for Investigating Nanoparticle Extravasation and Tumor Accumulation. ACS Nano, 12(11), 11600-11609.
    DOI Scopus43 Europe PMC15
    2018 Li, W., Wang, H. F., Kuruneru, S. T. W., Wang, T., Sauret, E., Li, Z. Y., . . . Gu, Y. T. (2018). A numerical investigation of drug extravasation using a tumour–vasculature microfluidic device. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 22(12), 1-11.
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    2017 Wang, H., Wibowo, D., Shao, Z., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Design of modular peptide surfactants and their surface activity. Langmuir, 33(32), 7957-7967.
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    2017 Chen, D., Zhao, C. X., Lagoin, C., Hai, M., Arriaga, L. R., Koehler, S., . . . Weitz, D. A. (2017). Dispersing hydrophobic natural colourant β-carotene in shellac particles for enhanced stability and tunable colour. Royal Society Open Science, 4(12), 170919.
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    2017 Chen, D., Amstad, E., Zhao, C. X., Cai, L., Fan, J., Chen, Q., . . . Weitz, D. A. (2017). Biocompatible Amphiphilic Hydrogel-Solid Dimer Particles as Colloidal Surfactants. ACS Nano, 11(12), 11978-11985.
    DOI Scopus42 Europe PMC5
    2017 Wibowo, D., Yang, G., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Non-chromatographic bioprocess engineering of a recombinant mineralizing protein for the synthesis of silica nanocapsules. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 114(2), 335-343.
    DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC3
    2017 Wibowo, D., Wang, H., Shao, Z., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Interfacial films formed by a biosurfactant modularized with a silken tail. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121(27), 14658-14667.
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    2017 Yang, G., Wibowo, D., Yun, J., Wang, L., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Biomimetic silica nanocapsules for tunable sustained release and cargo protection. Langmuir, 33(23), 5777-5785.
    DOI Scopus13 Europe PMC1
    2017 Baby, T., Liu, Y., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Fundamental studies on throughput capacities of hydrodynamic flow-focusing microfluidics for producing monodisperse polymer nanoparticles. Chemical Engineering Science, 169, 128-139.
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    2017 Zhao, C., Chen, D., Hui, Y., Weitz, D., & Middelberg, A. (2017). Controlled generation of ultrathin-shell double emulsions and studies on their stability. ChemPhysChem, 18(10), 1393-1399.
    DOI Scopus18 Europe PMC6
    2017 Ran, R., Sun, Q., Baby, T., Wibowo, D., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2017). Multiphase microfluidic synthesis of micro- and nanostructures for pharmaceutical applications. Chemical Engineering Science, 169, 78-96.
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    2017 Zhao, C., Dwyer, M., Yu, L., & Middelberg, A. (2017). From folding to function: design of a new switchable biosurfactant protein. ChemPhysChem, 18(5), 488-492.
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    2017 Zhao, L., Cavallaro, A., Wibowo, D., Zhang, B., Zhang, J., Mitter, N., . . . Middelberg, A. (2017). A partially purified outer membrane protein VirB9-1 for low-cost nanovaccines against Anaplasma marginale. Vaccine, 35(1), 77-83.
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    2017 Kong, L., Amstad, E., Hai, M., Ke, X., Chen, D., Zhao, C. X., & Weitz, D. A. (2017). Biocompatible microcapsules with a water core templated from single emulsions. Chinese Chemical Letters, 28(9), 1897-1900.
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    2017 Zhao, F., Guo, H., Zhang, Z., Ye, J., Liu, L., Zhao, C. X., & Shao, Z. (2017). Conformation and self-assembly changes of isomeric peptide amphiphiles influenced by switching tyrosine in the sequences. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 5(26), 5189-5195.
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    2017 Huang, X., Eggersdorfer, M., Wu, J., Zhao, C. X., Xu, Z., Chen, D., & Weitz, D. A. (2017). Collective generation of milliemulsions by step-emulsification. RSC Advances, 7(24), 14932-14938.
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    2016 Hui, Y., Wibowo, D., & Zhao, C. X. (2016). Insights into the Role of Biomineralizing Peptide Surfactants on Making Nanoemulsion-Templated Silica Nanocapsules. Langmuir, 32(3), 822-830.
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    2016 Wibowo, D., Hui, Y., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2016). Interfacial engineering for silica nanocapsules. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 236, 83-100.
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    2016 Ran, R., Middelberg, A., & Zhao, C. (2016). Microfluidic synthesis of multifunctional liposomes for tumour targeting. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 148, 402-410.
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    2016 Zhao, L., Mahony, D., Cavallaro, A., Zhang, B., Zhang, J., Deringer, J., . . . Middelberg, A. (2016). Immunogenicity of outer membrane proteins VirB9-1 and VirB9-2, a Novel nanovaccine against anaplasma marginale. PLoS ONE, 11(4), 1-20.
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    2016 Zhao, C., Chen, D., Hui, Y., Weitz, D., & Middelberg, A. (2016). Stable ultrathin-shell double emulsions for controlled release. ChemPhysChem, 17(11), 1553-1556.
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    2015 Zhao, C., Dwyer, M., Yu, A., Wu, Y., Fang, S., & Middelberg, A. (2015). A simple and low-cost platform technology for producing pexiganan antimicrobial peptide in E. coli. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 112(5), 957-964.
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    2015 Wibowo, D., Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2015). Interfacial biomimetic synthesis of silica nanocapsules using a recombinant catalytic modular protein. Langmuir, 31(6), 1999-2007.
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    2014 Wibowo, D., Zhao, C., Peters, B., & Middelberg, A. (2014). Sustained release of fipronil insecticide in vitro and in vivo from biocompatible silica nanocapsules. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(52), 12504-12511.
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    2014 Wibowo, D., Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2014). Emulsion-templated silica nanocapsules formed using bio-inspired silicification. Chemical Communications, 50(77), 11325-11328.
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    2014 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2014). Titania microparticles using a facile microfluidic mass-transfer control method. Chemical Engineering Science, 112, 10-14.
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    2014 Zhao, L., Seth, A., Wibowo, N., Zhao, C., Mitter, N., Yu, C., & Middelberg, A. (2014). Nanoparticle vaccines. Vaccine, 32(3), 327-337.
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    2013 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2013). Microfluidic synthesis of monodisperse hierarchical silica particles with raspberry-like morphology. RSC Advances, 3(44), 21227-21230.
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    2013 Zhao, C., Yu, L., & Middelberg, A. (2013). Magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles end-capped with hydroxyapatite for pH-responsive drug release. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 1(37), 4828-4833.
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    2013 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2013). One-step fabrication of titania hollow spheres by controlled interfacial reaction in a droplet-based microfluidic system. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 14(3-4), 703-709.
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    2013 Zhao, C. X. (2013). Multiphase flow microfluidics for the production of single or multiple emulsions for drug delivery. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 65(11-12), 1420-1446.
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    2013 Wu, K. J., Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2013). Development of a group contribution method for determination of thermal conductivity of ionic liquids. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 339, 10-14.
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    2012 Wu, K. J., Zhao, C. X., Xu, G. H., & He, C. H. (2012). Investigation of convective heat transfer with liquids in microtubes. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(27), 9386-9395.
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    2012 Wu, K. J., Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2012). A simple corresponding-states group-contribution method for estimating surface tension of ionic liquids. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 328, 42-48.
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    2012 Zhao, C., Yu, L., & Middelberg, A. (2012). Design of low-charge peptide sequences for high-yield formation of titania nanoparticles. RSC Advances, 2(4), 1292-1295.
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    2012 Zhao, C., Rondeau, E., Cooper-White, J., & Middelberg, A. (2012). Microfluidic elucidation of the effects of interfacial rheology on droplet deformation. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(4), 2021-2029.
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    2011 Zhao, C., Miller, E., Cooper-White, J., & Middelberg, A. (2011). Effects of fluid-fluid interfacial elasticity on droplet formation in microfluidic devices. AIChE Journal, 57(7), 1669-1677.
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    2011 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2011). Two-phase microfluidic flows. Chemical Engineering Science, 66(7), 1394-1411.
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    2011 Zhao, C., He, L., Qiao, S., & Middelberg, A. (2011). Nanoparticle synthesis in microreactors. Chemical Engineering Science, 66(7), 1463-1479.
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    2011 Fridjonsson, E., Chandrasekera, T., Sederman, A., Johns, M., Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2011). Imaging the effects of peptide bio-surfactants on droplet deformation in a Taylor-Couette shear cell. Soft Matter, 7(6), 2961-2967.
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    2011 Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2011). Mass transfer and separation criteria for high-speed countercurrent chromatography. AIChE Journal, 57(2), 359-372.
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    2009 Zhao, C. X., Xu, Y. L., & He, C. H. (2009). Axial dispersion coefficient in high-speed counter-current chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1216(24), 4841-4846.
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    2009 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2009). Microfluidic mass-transfer control for the simple formation of complex multiple emulsions. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 48(39), 7208-7211.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS42 Europe PMC16
    2008 Fang, S., Zhao, C. X., He, C. H., Liu, J. Q., & Sun, J. H. (2008). Densities and viscosities of binary mixtures of tris(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate + cyclohexane or n-hexane at T= (293.15, 298.15, and 303.15) K and p = 0.1 MPa. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 53(11), 2718-2720.
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    2008 Fang, S., Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2008). Densities and viscosities of binary mixtures of tri-n-butyl phosphate + cyclohexane, + n-heptane at T = (288.15, 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) K. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 53(9), 2244-2246.
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    2008 Wang, F. N., Yu, J., Zhao, C. X., & Qian, F. J. (2008). Optimization of preparation of Atractylodes macrocephala Volatile-β-cyclodextrin complex by response surface methodology. Zhejiang Daxue Xuebao (Gongxue Ban)/Journal of Zhejiang University (Engineering Science), 42(12), 2160-2165.
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    2007 Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2007). Sample capacity in preparative high-speed counter-current chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1146(2), 186-192.
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    2007 He, C. H., & Zhao, C. X. (2007). Retention of the stationary phase for high-speed countercurrent chromatography. AIChE Journal, 53(6), 1460-1471.
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    2007 Zhao, C. X., & He, C. H. (2007). Solubility of atractylenolide III in hexane, ethyl acetate, diethyl ether, and ethanol from (283.2 to 323.2) K. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 52(4), 1223-1225.
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    2006 Zhao, C., & He, C. (2006). Preparative isolation and purification of atractylon and atractylenolide III from the Chinese medicinal plant Atractylodes macrocephala by high-speed counter-current chromatography. Journal of Separation Science, 29(11), 1630-1636.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Wibowo, D., Zhao, C. X., & He, Y. (2018). Fluid properties and hydrodynamics of microfluidic systems. In Microfluidics for Pharmaceutical Applications: From Nano/Micro Systems Fabrication to Controlled Drug Delivery (pp. 37-77). Elsevier.
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    2015 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2015). Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials using microfluidic technology. In M. Aliofkhazraei (Ed.), Handbook of Nanoparticles (pp. 455-473). Springer.
    DOI Scopus1
    2013 Zhao, C., & Middelberg, A. (2013). Stimuli-responsive peptide nanostructures at the fluid-fluid interface. In J. Gerrard (Ed.), Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 996, pp. 179-194).
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2020 Sun, Q., Zhao, C. X., Nguyen, N. T., & Tan, S. H. (2020). A droplet-based microfluidic platform for the study of the effect of oscillation on the growth of E.coli.. In 21st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2017 (pp. 720-721). USA: Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS).
    2019 Chen, H., Ho, B., Wang, H., Tan, S. H., Zhao, C. X., Nguyen, N. T., . . . Zhou, J. (2019). Automatic Live and Dead Cell Classification via Hyperspectral Imaging. In 2019 10th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing, Evolution in Remote Sensing Vol. 2019-September (pp. 1-5). online: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus1

Grants

Prof. Zhao's research has attracted more than $7M since 2011.

 

ARC funding

2021-2023

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery project, DP210103079. Mechanical modulation of particle-cell interactions.

2020-2022

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery project DP200101238. Precision-engineered hybrid core-shell materials.

2020-2026

ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals $35 M for 7 years. (Node Director, Leader of the Research Program 3)

2015-2019

Chun-Xia Zhao. ARC Future Fellowship FT140100726. Platform technologies for multifunctional nanocarrier systems

2015-2018

Chun-Xia Zhao, Anton Middelberg, Zhengzhong Shao (PI). ARC Discovery Project DP150100798. Next generation core-shell materials based on biomolecular dual-templating. 

2015-2018

Chun-Xia Zhao, Prof. Nikolai Petrovsky (PI). ARC Linkage Project LP140100424. Engineering improved technology for nanoparticle-based adjuvant manufacture. (Research partner: Vaxine, Pty Ltd ) 

2011-2014

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery Project DP110100394 (along with the awarding of APD). Engineered nanoporous materials and composites having hierarchical structures by emulsion templating. 

 

Industry funding

2019–2022

Chun-Xia Zhao. Bioproton Pty Ltd. Engineering encapsulation technology for animal feed manufacture

2019-2020

Chun-Xia Zhao. UniQuest Pathfinder project.

 

 

UQ funding

2017

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. Tumour-on-a-chip – next generation in vitro model for accelerating the translation of nanomedicines.

2018

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure. Imaging in the nano-scale age: terahertz and millimetre wave microanalysis

2017

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure. Laser Scanning Microscopy facility Upgrade

2016-2017

UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund. Platform technologies for next generation single dose vaccine delivery.

2016

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure, Exosome and Bio/Nanoparticle Characterisation Facility

2015-2016

UQ Advancing Women Researchers Grants.

2012

UQ Early Career Research Grants. pH-responsive core-shell mesoporous silica nanocomposites for bioimaging and targeted drug delivery.

2011

UQ New Staff Research Start-up Fund. Biomimetic synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles using microfluidic crystals.

7/2017 – 12/2020

CHEE3007 Process Modelling & Dynamics, University of Queensland

9/2015 – 12/2016

ENGG7701 Engineering Grand Challenges, a core subject of the new 5-year integrated BE/ME program, University of Queensland

7/2013 – 12/2016

CHIN7666 Translation and Interpreting for Science, Engineering and Technology, at the School of Languages & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Bio-inspired silica nanocapsules for understanding in vitro and in vivo nano-bio interactions The University of Queensland Doctorate Yue Hui
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Microfluidic synthesis of biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery The University of Queensland Doctorate Thejus Baby
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Development of Sustained-Release Subunit Nanovaccines Against Anaplasma marginale The University of Queensland Doctorate Liang Zhao
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Bio-inspired oil-core silica-shell nanocapsules for controlled-release applications The University of Queensland Doctorate David Wibowo
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83137432
  • Email: chunxia.zhao@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: N1 06
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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