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Li Guoqiang

Profile of Li Guoqiang, Distinguished Visiting Professor of “Taishan Scholar” of Shandong Jianzhu University

Professor Li Guoqiang is a PhD supervisor, and was born in February 1963. In 1982, he graduated from Tianjin University, majoring in Industrial and Civil Construction, and received his bachelor's degree in engineering; later he graduated from Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1985 majoring in Structural Engineering, and received his master's degree in engineering. He further received his doctorate degree in engineering in 1988 after graduating from Tongji University, majoring in Structural Engineering, and he started to teach at Tongji University since the same year, and successively held the posts such as the Deputy Director of Department, Dean of Department, Assistant to the President, and Vice President of the University. He currently holds the post of Director of the Steel Construction Research Center of Education Department of Tongji University. He is a State Council Expert beneficiary for Special Allowance and among the New Century Talents Project state-level candidates, and he has won the title of Outstanding Returned Overseas Researchers of Shanghai.

He also holds concurrent posts such as the Vice President of China Steel Construction Society, Vice President of China Association for Engineering Construction Standardization, President of Fire Protection and Corrosion Prevention Branch of China Steel Construction Society, Vice President of Shanghai Metal Construction Association, Director of Structural Fire Resistance Committee of Earthquake Resistance and Disaster Prevention Branch of Architectural Society of China, Vice President of Shanghai Society of Civil Engineering, Vice President of Shanghai Civil Defense Association, Vice President of Sino-Japanese Building Structural Technology Exchange Association; member of Construction Steel and Steel Structure Expert Panel of the Ministry of Construction and State Bureau of Metallurgical Industry, member of Expert Panel for Reviewing Mandatory Provisions of National Engineering Construction Standards of the Ministry of Construction, member of Construction Engineering Technical Expert Committee of the Ministry of Construction, inter-group expert of Expert Committee of Urban Construction Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of the Ministry of Construction, Deputy Director of Steel Construction Expert Committee of China Steel Construction Society, Director of Expert Committee of Shanghai Metal Construction Association, member of Academic Working Committee of China Fire Protection Association, member of High-rise Building Structure Committee of Architectural Society of China, member of High-rise Building Earthquake Resistance Committee of Architectural Society of China, member of Structural Reliability Committee of China Civil Engineering Society, etc.

Progress in Structural Engineering and Materials,Steel Structures,Steel & Composite Structures,Advanced Steel Construction》,《Journal of Constructional Steel ResearchHe is a member of the editorial board for international academic journals such as Progress in Structural Engineering and Materials, Steel Structures, Steel & Composite Structures, Advanced Steel Construction, and Journal of Constructional Steel Research; he is the chief editor of the Chinese academic journal, Progress in Steel Building Structures, associate editor (1999-2006) of World Earthquake Engineering, and a member of the editorial board for academic journals such as China Civil Engineering Journal, Journal of Building Structures, Journal of Natural Disasters, Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, Journal of Safety and Environment (2002-2006), Journal of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Journal of Vibration Measurement & Diagnosis, Journal of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Engineering, Earthquake Resistant Engineering and Retrofitting, Steel Construction, Building Construction, Standardization of Engineering Construction;

He has led more than 30 important scientific research projects, including the key project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Distinguished Young Scholars Fund of NSFC, Overseas Young Scholars Cooperative Research Project of NSFC, sub-subject of Creative Research Groups Project of NSFC, key project of Major Research Program of NSFC (second person in charge), sub-subject of National 863 Program, National "Eleventh Five-Year Plan" Technology Support Project, Dedicated Science and Technology Projects for Shanghai World Expo of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dedicated Science and Technology Projects for Olympic Games of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation, Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc.; he has resolved some key problems in nonlinear analysis and design of steel structures for multi-storey or high-rise buildings and in theories of earthquake resistance and fire resistance for steel structures; he has proposed the practical engineering and earthquake resistant design methods of the buckling-restrained brace frame structure, semi-rigid connection structure and steel-concrete composite structure, which provide important theoretical support for popularization and application of the three new structural systems in China's buildings, and have achieved good economic and social benefits.

He has published 12 research monographs, and one of his monographs has been published in English by the renowned international publishing company, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.; he has published more than 400 academic papers, of which, 49 papers are in journals cited by SCI, 125 papers are in journals cited by EI; he has been invited to deliver keynote speeches or invitation reports for international academic conferences for 35 times, has worked as a member of the academic committee of international academic conferences for 25 times, has lead the compilation of seven national, industrial or local engineering construction codes, such as the national standard, Code for Fire safety of Steel Building Structures; his research findings has won eight invention patents and eight utility model patents, and have been applied in a large number of major national projects; he won a Second Prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, five First Prize and six Second Prize of Provincial and Ministerial Science and Technology Progress Award (Natural Science).

Ma Zhongguo

Profile of Professor Ma Zhongguo "Distinguished Expert of Overseas Taishan Scholar" of Shandong Jianzhu University

Ma Zhongguo is an associate professor, born in August 1964, PhD, Director of Bridge Research Laboratory of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Tennessee, PhD supervisor, and professional registered structural engineer of the United States. He currently holds the posts such as the associate editor of Journal of Bridge Engineering of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); member of Review Panel of "General Program" and "Outstanding Young Scholar Science Fund" of National Science Foundation of the United States; member of Structural Concrete Bridge Commission and Structural Fiber Reinforced Plastics Commission of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the United States; member of Joint Committee 445 (Shear and Torsion) of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Concrete Institute (ACI); member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

II. Academic Briefing of Professor Ma Zhongguo

The main research directions of Professor Ma Zhongguo are: bridge structure aging and rapid regeneration engineering; sustainable development structure; mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP); mechanical properties of high-performance structural concrete and application thereof in structures. In recent years, he led or participated in more than 10 research projects, including two projects of the National Science Foundation of the United States, one project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, two projects of the United States National Academy of Sciences, one project of Alaska Department of Transportation, one project of Tennessee Department of Transportation, and two projects of the University of Tennessee. Most of his research findings have been adopted by the Department of Transportation of the United States. Since 2001, associate professor Ma Zhongguo has successively won a number of influential awards, such as the 21st Century Subject Leaders Award (2004), two Outstanding Contribution Awards of Prestressed Concrete Design (2001, 2002), and Tennessee Outstanding Education Scholar Award (2009). In the past five years, he has published more than 40 papers in international core journals cited by SCI, and the research findings of his four papers are referenced by the national codes of the United States.

Professor Ma Zhongguo has engaged in international forefront academic research in several universities in the United States for a long time. As a team leader, he has his own advanced laboratory and relevant equipment, and many high-level research findings in fields of how to construct sustainable green buildings, and in aspects of expressways and bridges.

Niu Jianlei

Niu Jianlei was born in April 1962. He studied heating, ventilation and air-conditioning at Tsinghua University from 1978 to 1986 and graduated with bachelors and master's degrees. He was honored a doctorate degree after completing his studies in refrigeration and environmental control at Delft University of Technology from 1990 to June 1994. From June 1994 to October 1994, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the School of Mechanical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. Since October 1994, he has been working in the Department of Building Services Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor successively. He is associate director of the Department of Building Services Engineering, chairman of the Research Committee, and director of Research Center for Building Environmental Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also a distinguished expert of Overseas Taishan Scholar of Shandong Jianzhu University. He is a standing director of Indoor Environment and Health Branch of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences; a member of the Expert Group of Ventilation Design for Infectious Disease Ward of World Health Organization; Chairman of Hong Kong Branch of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers; a member of the Science and Technology Committee Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Association; a member of the editorial board of the SCI academic journal - Building and Environment; a member of IBPSA-China (International Building Performance Simulation Association-China); and co-editor of more than 20 internationally renowned journals.

In recent years, he has published nearly 210 various publications/articles, including three books and academic monographs, and more than 200 papers in scientific journals. Among these, 60 papers are published in journals cited by SCI, 108 papers in journals cited by EI, and his papers also have been cited by other journals for more than 400 times. He has given lectures on special invitation for international academic conferences for 25 times. He led and participated in 27 research projects sponsored by Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong Government. He received research grants of more than RMB 8 million yuan. He has won 13 international invention and innovation technology awards, and three invention patents.

Shi Baojun

Shi Baojun, was born in January 1963, and a native of Qixia, Shandong Province. He is a professor at Shandong Jianzhu University and a distinguished expert of "Overseas Taishan Scholar" (full-time). He gives lectures to graduate and undergraduate students on courses such as Finite Element Analysis, Modern Design Theory and Manufacturing Technology, Modern Design Theory and Method, Structural Mechanics. He has supervised 12 graduate students. As major academic leader, he successfully obtained approval to offer master degreeof Mechanical Design & Theory and Engineering Mechanics; and as a major leader of mechanical and electronic engineering, he managed to build the discipline to be a provincial key discipline. In recent years, he has published more than 80 papers in prestigious Chinese and overseas journals such as Microsystem Technologies, Int. J. Impact Engng., Chinese Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, as well as in academic conferences. Among these, his papers are referenced by SCI papers for 52 times, 13 papers are published in journals cited by SCI, 25 papers in journals cited by EI, and 14 papers in journals cited by ISTP. In total, his papers are included and cited by the three major international authoritative retrieval publications, namely SCI, EI and ISTP, for more than 100 papers or times. In addition, his papers are included and cited by Chinese literature, such as Chinese Mechanical Engineering Abstracts, China Mechanics Abstracts, and monograph published by Science Press, for more than 100 papers or times. His relevant scientific research achievements have won eight rewards for scientific research, such as First Prize of Chinese University Technology Invention Award, Second Prize and Third Prize (Natural Science) of Science and Technology Progress Award of Shandong Province, Third Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award of the Ministry of Education, and also Academic Innovation Award of Peking University. In recent years, he has undertaken 15 projects of provincial and ministerial level or higher level, two projects of international cooperation, and 10 other projects, including the National Scientific and Technological Project, Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Scientific and Technological Project of Shandong Province, Project of National Natural Science Foundation of Shandong, and Project of Science and Technology Plan of the Ministry of Construction, and among these projects, he has led 14 projects as project leader.

Tan Jindong

Profile of Professor Tan Jindong, a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University

Dr. Tan Jindon was born in 1970, and hails from Jiyang, Shandong Province. He received his master's degree from the Northeastern University in 1995 and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University, U.S.A. in 2002. Tan is now an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, U.S.A., a part-time professor of Shandong Jianzhu University, and the director of Robot Technology and Intelligent System Research Center, Shandong Jianzhu University.

Tan has sound theory basis and competitiveness in leading new fields, and is mainly involved in R&D on mobile sensor network, biological sensor network, smart camera sensor network, robot technology and intelligent control.

In recent years, Tan has led and participated in tens of research projects supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S.A., National Sanitation Foundation, U.S.A., and the United States Department of Defense. The total research fund is up to two million USD in recent five years.

Tan has published two monographs and more than 60 papers on journals and proceedings such as IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Robotics and Autonomous System, and Automatica, which include 40 SCI-indexed or EI-indexed papers. Many papers are extensively cited by peers. In addition, he has got one patent in U.S.A., which has been purchased by an organization.

Wang Liqiu

Profile of Professor Wang Liqiu, a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University

Brief Introduction

Prof. Wang Liqiu was born in August 1962, and received his Ph.D. degree in Thermal Engineering from University of Alberta, Canada, in 1994, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research for two years respectively at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S.A., and the Mechanical and Manufacturing School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 1996 till now, Wang has been working for Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Hong Kong, successively as assistant professor, associate professor, professor, director of Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Laboratory, director of Nanofluids and Thermal-Wave Fluids Laboratory, part-time professor of Shandong Jianzhu University, and Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University.

Wang is a chief editor of two international journals, a member of Editorial Board for six international journals, a reviewer of over sixty prestigious International journals, and also a senior member in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), International Federation of National Analysts (IFNA), Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and the director and a member of Chairmen’ Council of China Universities Alumni (Hong Kong) Association and, as well as the head of Shandong University Alumni (Hong Kong) Association.

Achievements in Scientific Research

268 Publications and Papers

His publications include seven academic monographs, eight chapters in international famous monograph series, 129 scientific papers including 55 SCI-indexed papers cited over 1000 times. In addition, Wang is invited to give reports for more than 50 international academic conferences.

Over 40 Key Scientific Projects

In recent five years, Wang has led or participated in around 20 projects with a total research fund of over RMB 5 million, including ones supported by the national 973 program and National Natural Science Fund, and major international joint research programs. Other projects mainly include those supported by the Hong Kong Science Fund and the scientific research funds of the University of Hong Kong.

Internationally Recognized Fundamental and Pioneering Accomplishments in Multiple Fields

The fields of research mainly include basic heat transfer theory, multi-scale transfer phenomena, diversity and stability of transfer phenomena, thermodynamics, micro-scale transfer phenomena, nanofluids and thermal-wave fluids and nano-scale transfer phenomena. With a series of achievements in theoretical study, numerical simulation, experimental study, and application study, Wang has published his own monographs and written review series in internationally influential heat transfer journals. In addition, Prof. Wang has participated in R&D on thermal control system of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a large international cooperation project led by Prof. Ding Zhaozhong, and provided thermal control evidences for antimatter, dark matter, and attribution of cosmic rays. Furthermore, Wang has developed multiple pieces of thermal dynamic equipment, and vital equipment in energy conservation and emission reduction and other fields.

Wang Xiaolin

Profile of Professor Wang Xiaolin, a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University

Dr. Wang Xiaolin was born in October 1962, and received his master's degree in Solid State Physics & Crystal Materials from Shandong University in 1990 and Ph.D. degree from University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2000. Wang is currently a professor working at University of Wollongong and a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Professor in Shandong Jianzhu University.

Fields of research

Superconducting materials: Wang Xiaolin was the first in the world proposing the use of nanotechnology to increase the superconducting current-carrying capacity of superconductors and invented many nano-materials with higher superconducting performance.

Thermoelectric materials: As a pioneer in this field, Wang is the first in the world proposing the use of nanotechnology, particularly single-layer graphite and atomic radiation, to improve the efficiency of power generation and refrigeration of thermoelectric materials, which has a promising future for application in the related fields.

Stealth materials: With his unique expertise in materials design and profound theory, Wang has worked with the Australian Department of Defense on development of hi-tech materials and apparatus in the field of research and application of stealth materials.

Wang takes a worldwide leading position in SGS materials and their theoretical calculation and design.

Academic Achievements

In recent years, Wang has published dozens of papers in journals such as Advanced Materials (IF 8), Physical Review Letters (IF 7.7), Applied Physics Letters (IF 3.5), and Physical Rev. B. (IF 3.3).

His research projects which are sponsored by Australian funds for over AUD 5 million include the following:

Research on multiferroic materials;

Research on new magnetic ferroelectric materials;

Mechanism and improvement of superconducting current-carrying capacity;

Research on spintronics materials, and;

Research on high-field magnets.

He is the first inventor of two Australian patents which have been applied. Due to his remarkable achievements, Wang has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Talent Award and the High-Level Highly-Cited Paper Certificate, as well as the rewards from Materials Research Society (MRS) in U.S.A. and the International Superconductivity Society.

Profile of Professor Su Bin "Distinguished Expert of Overseas Taishan Scholar" of Shandong Jianzhu University

Su Bin

Professor Su Bin was born in June 1961, PhD. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in architecture at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in November 1994 and November 1999 respectively. Currently, he is a tenured professor at the Unitec Institute of Technology of New Zealand, and also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of "Overseas Taishan Scholar" of Shandong Jianzhu University.

Since joining Unitec Institute of Technology of New Zealand in 2000, Professor Su Bin independently led nine major research projects. He is a member of several renowned research organizations, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Wind Environment Academic Committee, Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. He made outstanding contributions in green building and energy-saving technology. His main research findings include:

1. Comprehensive study of indoor and outdoor space environment quality by using wind tunnel testing techniques

In indoor environment research with wind tunnel method, the limitation that the traditional wind pressure testing method has high costs and narrow testing range is broken through, and a method of hook-type surface wind pressure testing is further invented by using wind tunnel testing techniques. In this method, a novel static pressure testing probe is installed on the outer surface of the testing model, and the probe can freely change the testing points on different model surfaces through special node treatment. This testing method can greatly reduce the testing costs, and the testing results accurately reflect the influences on the surrounding buildings, and the wind tunnel testing techniques can be applied to the wind pressure testing of the architectural complex in urban areas.

In outdoor environment research with wind tunnel method, the limitation that CO tracer gas in traditional testing method is poisonous, flammable and explosive, and greatly subject to environmental interferences is broken through, and the testing method of CO2 tracer gas is invented. This method is much safer, economical and efficient, and has higher testing significance and values in the research on urban air pollutions, such as automobile exhaust emissions, and urban thermal comfort and external environment ventilation etc.

2. Research on high-density residential area and urban sustainable development

Through investigation and research on actual energy consumption and passive building design data of hundreds of housings in New Zealand, the first local housing performance database is established, the quantitative relationship between the changes in passive building design data and the building energy consumption is explored in connection with the technical indicators such as orientation, shape coefficient, area ratio of window to wall, and ratio of wall surfaces exposed to the sun, so as to predict energy efficiency improvements by optimizing passive building design in the future, which has a certain guiding role in future sustainable development of housings.

3. Research on fully enclosed courtyard green housing system based on thermal comfort, indoor environmental health and energy efficiency

Through cooperation with Nigel Cook Architect in New Zealand, long-term tracking and actual measurement are conducted for several "Wind-rain House" projects which are originally designed by this architect office, the influences of fully enclosed courtyard on thermal comfort, healthy environmental and energy efficiency of spaces in housing are studied, the unique advantages of such housing in the above aspects are demonstrated, and recommendations for improvement are put forward, which provides a design basis for future green housing system adopting the fully enclosed courtyard to achieve good sustainable development performance.

4. Research on passive building design and winter internal-space health environment control in New Zealand

In this research, indoor air humidity is controlled through passive design method, to improve indoor space environment quality, and the problems such as mold and harmful gases due to indoor high humidity in winter are solved in particular. Usually, the growth of harmful substances, including mold, is controlled by means of air conditioning in the traditional way. While in this study, by means of passive building design, the indoor temperature and humidity are properly regulated in a nearly zero energy consumption manner, and the formation conditions of mold and other harmful substances are inhibited, to create a suitable indoor space environment.

Yang Hongxing

Professor Yang Hongxing was born in May 1960, and is a professor in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a distinguished Taishan Scholar professor in Shandong Jianzhu University. Yang received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning at Civil Engineering Department, Tianjin University, respectively in 1982 and 1985, and then worked at the university for four years. After that, Yang studied at Mechanical Department, Cardiff College, University of Wales, U.K. for his doctoral degree between 1989 and 1993, and subsequently conducted two-year postdoctoral research in the university. Since joining the Department of Building Services Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1995, Yang has engaged in teaching and scientific research from being assistant professor, and his major fields of research include utilization of renewable energy sources and energy conservation technology for buildings. Yang and his research team have made prominent achievements in utilization of solar and wind energy, as well as energy conservation in buildings.

Yang has published over 100 papers on international journals and conferences, including 35 SCI-indexed papers. He has successively carried out R&D on energy conservation and environmental protection technology, including building energy simulation, energy-efficient buildings, environmentally-friendly buildings, PV power generation, solar buildings, and wind power generation, and has made remarkable accomplishments in energy recovery technology of air conditioning system in buildings, energy-efficient buildings and a hybrid wind-solar power generation system.

Zhai Tongguang

Profile of Professor Zhai Tongguang, a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University

Prof. Zhai Tongguang was born in February 1962, and received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Metal Physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing respectively in July 1983 and September 1991, and Ph.D. degree in Department of Materials Science from University of Oxford, U.K. in September 1994. He conducted postdoctoral research in Department of Materials Science at University of Oxford from January 1995 to July 2000, and in Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, U.S.A. between August 2000 and June 2001. Zhai has joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, since August 2001, and now is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department, and also a Distinguished Overseas Taishan Scholar Expert of Shandong Jianzhu University.

Since joining the University of Kentucky in 2001, Zhai has independently or jointly led seven research projects, solely directed a six-member research team. From 2001 till now, Zhai has guided or been guiding seven doctoral students, two post doctors, and seven visiting scholars.

Zhai has engaged in research on microstructure, properties, and processing of materials for many years, and has established remarkable achievements in multiple fields relevant to materials. He has published over 50 SCI-indexed papers on influential international materials science journals and over 40 papers on conferences, which are cited by peers for more than 200 times. In addition, Zhai has made many reports on special invitation, and presided over the Aluminum Alloy Session and Fatigue & Corrosion Session for several times at the annual meetings of Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, U.S.A.

Main research fields:
(1) Fatigue damage mechanism and life prediction model of materials.
(2) Wear-proof, anti-corrosion and anti-fatigue performance of surface-modified materials.
(3) Fatigue property of high strength steel.
(4) Microstructure, property and processing of refractory metal.
(5) Strengthening mechanism of a new generation of high strength aluminum alloy (including AA2026).

Main academic concurrent posts:
(1) A fellow in American Society for Metals and Materials.
(2) A fellow in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, U.S.A.
(3) A fellow in Association for Iron and Steel Technology.
(4) A member of Application Review Board for Research Projects of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S.A.
(5)A member of Application Review Board for Kentucky National Defense Research Program.
Profile of Professor Zhang Jie, a Distinguished Taishan Scholar Professor of Shandong Jianzhu University

Zhang Jie

Prof. Zhang Jie was born in March 1963, and received his M.Sc. degree in Architecture from Tianjin University in 1987, and Ph.D. degree from the Advanced Architecture Research Institute, University of York, U.K. in 1991. Zhang is currently a professor and doctoral supervisor in the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and a distinguished Taishan Scholar professor in Urban Planning and Design at Shandong Jianzhu University.

From 1992 till now, Zhang has published lots of papers, and participated in many academic conferences held inside and outside China on behalf of relevant research teams of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning of the university. By referring to the domestic and international theory and practices, Zhang has comprehensively discussed the planning, design, and leading-edge theory and methodologies aiming at the current problems arising from urban redevelopment and protection in China, in terms of society, economy, culture, and policy. His fields of research include urban planning and design, planning and design of residence and community and development policies.

The theory and methodology for planning and protection of Guozijian area, which are jointly conducted by Zhang, Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, and Dongcheng District Urban Planning Bureau in the middle 1990s, are of great significance to the planning and protection of 25 conservation areas in Beijing, or even other such areas across China. Zhang has carried out a systematic study on the arrangement of famous historic and cultural cities, and the planning and protection of cultural landscapes since the late 1990s.

In urban design, Zhang has made significant research-oriented process design, and discussed the approach for protection and reforming of urban characteristics according to Chinese actual situation, including the Qinhuai River Renovation Project in Nanjing.

In urban color design research, Zhang has exploited a three-dimensional urban color planning control method which is guided by urban design, and proposed the color control unit and compound color theory, based on the current situation of urban construction in China.