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.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Postdoctoral research fellow University of Adelaide 2020 - 2022 Postdoctoral research fellow University of Queensland
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2020 University of Queensland Australia PhD 2013 - 2014 University of Queensland Australia Master of Engineering Science 2008 - 2012 Tianjin University China Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Technology
Year Citation 2022 Yang, G., Liu, Y., & Zhao, C. (2022). Colloidal Self‐assembly of Block Copolymers for Drug Loading and Controlled Release. In G. Zhao, & Q. Yan (Eds.), Functional Materials from Colloidal Self-assembly (pp. 455-491). Wiley-VCH.
Year Citation 2023 Zhao, C., Yang, G., & Yun, L. (2023). AU/2023902544, SEPARATION OF MINERALS. AU. 2021 Zhao, C., Liu, Y., & Yang, G. (2021). WO/2021/108853, POLYMER NANOPARTICLES. AU.
Year Citation - Yang, G. Z. (n.d.). Core-Shell nanomaterials for drug delivery and controlled release.
|4220_CHEM_ENG_7062, Downstream Bioprocessing
|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 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 Co-Supervisor Development of specific metal binding biomolecules for efficient mineral separations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yang Yang 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 Nanomedicine Libraries with Varied Properties for 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
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
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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