Guangze Yang

Guangze Yang

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


Dr. Guangze Yang is an excellent early-career researcher with extensive experience as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, specialising in bioinspired materials and nanomedicine. Having obtained a PhD from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland (UQ), Dr. Yang has made exceptional contributions to the field through his research, academic collaborations, and leadership development.

Dr. Yang's impressive publication record showcases the high impact and recognition of his research, featuring numerous first/corresponding-authored papers in top-tier journals. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as Science Advances, PNAS, Angewandte Chemie, and Advanced Functional Materials, further demonstrating the significance of his contributions to the field. His expertise in bioinspired materials has led to innovative work in nanomedicine, earning him an international patent.

Currently working within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals, Dr. Yang is also focused on green mineral processing, applying biomolecules such as peptides and proteins to develop sustainable practices in the field. In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Yang has successfully conceived multiple research projects, co-organised international academic conferences, and collaborated with esteemed professionals.

Demonstrating outstanding leadership and mentoring skills, Dr. Yang supervises and manages a diverse team of researchers, including PhD students and master's students. As he leads a small team and co-supervises PhD candidates at the University of Adelaide, Dr. Yang remains dedicated to driving advancements in bioinspired materials and nanomedicine while making valuable contributions to the scientific community at large.

My research primarily focuses on the development and optimisation of polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery, aiming to significantly enhance their efficacy and safety. I have pioneered methods for encapsulating water-insoluble drugs in these nanoparticles, achieving exceptionally high drug-loading efficiencies. A key aspect of my work is dedicated to studying drug-release kinetics, utilising innovative methods such as Förster-resonance energy-transfer (FRET). I have also been successful in synthesising silica nanocapsules with high cargo-loading capacity and biomimetic core-shell nanoparticles, contributing to the advancement of more effective drug delivery systems. Additionally, my research explores the potential of block copolymers for drug loading and controlled release. Alongside this, I maintain an interest in employing biomolecules, such as peptides and proteins, in the realm of green mineral processing and beneficiation, with a specific focus on rare earth minerals. This facet of my work aligns with global efforts towards carbon neutrality, energy conservation, emission reduction and water savings.

2022 Course Coordinator 4220_CHEM_ENG_7062, Downstream Bioprocessing
2022 Teacher 4220_CHEM_ENG_7062, Downstream Bioprocessing
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Development of anti-swelling hydrogels for next-generation soft electronics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Geng Yang
    2023 Co-Supervisor Development of specific metal binding biomolecules for efficient mineral separations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yang Yang
    2023 Principal Supervisor Development of bio-inspired cell membrane-coated (BCM) lipid nanoparticles (NPs) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Moataz Badawy Ali Saper Zewail
    2023 Principal Supervisor A Sustainable Approach for Mineral Processing and Recycling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ruilin Zhao
    2023 Co-Supervisor Development of chemo-immuno nanomedicines for targeted oral drug delivery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yilong Fan
    2022 Co-Supervisor Development of novel bioflocculants for clay particle flocculation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthias Josef Orchard
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Bioinspired core-shell silica nanomaterials and their nano-bio interactions University of Queensland Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Tengjisi
    2021 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Stimuli-responsive soft materials based on biomolecules University of Queensland Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Yang Li
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - 2022 Member Future Leaders Committee ARC Centre for Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals Australia
    2022 - ongoing Member Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee ARC Centre for Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals Australia
    2022 - 2022 Member Exploration Australian Crossdisciplinarity Webinar Exploration Australian Crossdisciplinarity Webinar Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Australasian Colloid and Interface Society Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Drug Delivery Australia Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Australian Chapter of the Controlled Release Society Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Novel Reagent Technologies for Arsenic Minerals Thesis Review The University of Queensland Australia

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