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Dr. Guoping (Gregg) Zhang

Associate Professor

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts
38 Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA 01003-0724
Phone: (413) 545-3970
Fax:(413) 545 - 4525
(zhangg AT umass DOT edu)

 

 

Full Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Nano/micro mechanics of low-dimensional geomaterials (clays/shales, clay-exopolymer micro flocs, “marine snow”) for energy and marine ecosystem sustainability
  • Bioinspired/bioengineered soil stabilization for coastal/wetland sustainability
  • Novel geopolymers for infrastructure, environment, and energy sustainability
  • Behavior of soft marine/wetland clays and residual soil
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Education

Ph.D., Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, M.I.T., 2002
M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1994
B.Eng. Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1991
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (Precision Instruments), Tsinghua University, 1991

Experience

  • Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, September, 2013 - present
  • Associate Professor, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA), 2011 - 2013
  • Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA), 2005 - 2011
  • Visiting Scholar, M.I.T. (Cambrige, MA), 2004 Summer
  • Lecturer, University of Nottingham (UK), 2002-2005
  • Graduate Research Assistant, M.I.T. (Cambrige, MA), 1996 - 2002
  • Research Engineer, Chinese Academy of Building Research (China), 1994 - 1996
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Tsinghua University (China), 1991 - 1994

Classes Taught

TBA

Recent Papers Published

Yin, H., Zhang, G., Reed, A.H. (2013). Elasticity and yielding of natural marine flocs determined by nanocompression. Geochemical Transactions (submitted).

Pant, H.R., Gu, J., and Zhang, G. (2013). Effects of organic matter on the erodibility of saltmarsh sediments. Geochemical Transactions (submitted).

Furukawa, Y., Reed, A.H., and Zhang, G. (2013). Effect of biopolymers and humic acid on estuarine flocculation. Geochemical Transactions (submitted).

Liu, Z., Liu, F., Bai, X., Zheng, Y., Yin, H., and Zhang, G. (2013). Origin of the collapsibility of a loess. Engineering Geology (submitted).

Yin, H., Zhang, G., Yang, S., Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Effects of exopolymers on particle size distributions of suspended cohesive sediments: II. Response to hydrodynamic shearing. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans (submitted).

Zhang, G., Yin, H., and DeGroot, D.J. (2013). Thixotropism of micron-sized saltwater clay flocs. Geotechnique Letters (submitted).

Tan, X., Hu, L., Reed, A.H., Furukawa, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Evaluation of the particle sizes of four pure clay minerals. Applied Clay Science (submitted).

Tan, X., Zhang, G.*, Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Flocculation and particle size analysis of expansive clay sediments affected by biological, chemical, and hydrodynamic factors. Ocean Dynamics (submitted).

Wang, F.*, Zhang, L., Zhang, G., and Zhang, H. (2013). Mapping and spatial analysis of multiethnic toponyms in Yunnan, China. Cartography and Geographic Information Science.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15230406.2013.831529.

Chen, Q., Ozeren, Y., Zhang, G., Wren, D., Wu, W., Jadhav, R., Parker, K., and Pant, H. (2013). Chapter 10: Laboratory and field investigations of marsh edge erosion. In: Sediment Transport: Monitoring, Modeling and Management, A. Khan and W. Wu (eds.), Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

He, J., Jie, Y., Zhang, J., Yu, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Synthesis and characterization of red mud and rice husk ash-based geopolymer composites. Cement and Concrete Composites 37, 108-118. (Top 5 most popular articles in 2013 in this journal).

Zhang, M., Guo, H., El-Korchi, T., Zhang, G., and Tao, M.* (2013). Experimental feasibility study of geopolymer as the next-generation soil stabilizer. Construction and Building Materials 47, 1468-1478.

Zhang, J., Hu, L., Pant, R., Yu, Y., Wei, Z., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Effects of interlayer interactions on the nanoindentation behavior and hardness of 2:1 phyllosilicates. Applied Clay Science 80-81, 267-280.

Zhang, G.*, Yin, H., Lei, Z., Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Effects of exopolymers on particle size distributions of suspended cohesive sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 118, 1-17, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20263.

Tan, X ., Hu, L., Reed, A.H., Furukawa, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2012). Evaluation of the particle sizes of four pure clays. Applied Clay Science (submitted).

 Zhang, G.*, Reed, A.H., Yin, H., Nugent, R.A., Tan, X., and Furukawa, Y. (2012). Role of clay-exopolymer interactions in controlling the strength of very soft clays. Geotechnique Symposium in Print (SiP) on Bio- and Chemo-Mechanical Processes in Geotechnical Engineering (full paper was invited, submitted).

Zhang, M ., Guo, H., El-Korchi, T., Zhang, G., and Tao, M.* (2012). Evaluation of geopolymer as a soil stabilizer in pavement construction. Construction and Building Materials (submitted).

Zhang, M ., El-Korchi, T., Zhang, G., and Tao, M.* (2012). Investigation of factors affecting  mechanical properties of red mud-fly ash based geopolymers. Journal of Transportation Research Board (submitted).

Chen, Q., Ozeren, Y., Zhang, G., Wren, D., Wu, W., Jadhav, R., Parker, K., and Pant, H. (2013). Laboratory and field investigations of marsh edge erosion. A book chapter in Sediment Transport: Monitoring, Modeling and Management, A. Khan and W. Wu (ed.), Nova Science Publishers (in press).

He, J ., Jie, Y., Zhang, J., Yu, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Synthesis and characterization of red mud and rice husk ash-based geopolymer composites. Cement and Concrete Composites (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2012.11.010, available online).

Tan, X ., Zhang, G.*, Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Flocculation and particle size analysis of expansive clay sediments affected by biological, chemical, and hydrodynamic factors. Ocean Dynamics (accepted).

Tan, X ., Zhang, G.*, Yin, H., Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2012). Influence of a neutral exopolymer on the flocculation and settling velocity of cohesive sediments. International Journal of Sediment Research 27 (4), 473-485.

Zhang, J., Hu, L., Pant, R., Yu, Y., Wei, Z., and Zhang, G.* (2012). Effects of interlayer Page 2 of 14 interactions on the nanoindentation behavior and hardness of 2:1 phyllosilicates. Applied Clay Science (tentatively accepted).

He, J ., Zhang, J., Yu, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2012). The strength and microstructure of two geopolymers derived from metakaolin and red mud-fly ash admixture: a comparative study. Construction and Building Materials 30, 80-91.

Yin, H . and Zhang, G.* (2011). Nanoindentation behavior of muscovite subjected to repeated loading. Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 1 (2), 72-83.

He, J ., Zhang, G.*, Hou, S., and Cai, C.S. (2011). Geopolymer-based smart adhesives for infrastructure health monitoring: concept and feasibility. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 23 (2), 100-109.

Zhang, G.*, He, J., and Gambrell, R.P. (2010). Synthesis, characterization, and mechanical properties of red mud-based geopolymers. Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2167, 1-9.

Chen, H., Zhang, G., Wei, Z., Cooke, K.M., and Luo, J.* (2010). Layer-by-layer assembly of sol-gel oxide “glued” montmorillonite-zirconia multilayers. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 4925-4936.

Luo, J.*, Chen, H., and Zhang, G. (2010). Layer-by-layer assembly of {nanoclay-(sol-gel oxide)}n and {nanoclay-(oxide nanoparticle)}n multilayers. World Journal of Engineering, 7 (s2), 526-527.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., Ferrell, R.E., Guggenheim, S., Cygan, R.T., and Luo, J. (2010). Evaluation of the elasticity normal to the basal plane of non-expandable 2:1 phyllosilicate minerals by nanoindentation. American Mineralogist, 95, 863-869.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Reply to comment on “elastic modulus and hardness of muscovite and rectorite determined by nanoindentation”. Applied Clay Science, 46, 429-432.

Ye, Z.*, Hohamadian, H., Yin, H., Zhang, G., and Pang, S.-S. (2009). Advancing laboratory education in control engineering with practical implementation approaches. WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, 6 (2), 55-65.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Elastic modulus and hardness of muscovite and rectorite determined by nanoindentation. Applied Clay Science, 43, 271-281.

Nugent, R.A ., Zhang, G.*, and Gambrell, R.P. (2009). Effect of exopolymers on the liquid limit of clays and its engineering implications. Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2101, 34-43.

Wei, Z ., Zhang, G.*, Chen, H., Luo, J., Liu, R., and Guo, S. (2009). A simple method for evaluating elastic modulus of thin films by nanoindentation. Journal of Materials Research, 24, 801-815.

Chen, H., Zhang, G., Richardson, K., and Luo, J.* (2008). Synthesis of nanostructured nanoclay-zirconia multilayers: a feasibility study. Journal of Nanomaterials 2008, doi:10.1155/2008/749508.

Hau, K.W ., McDowell, G.R.*, Zhang, G. and Brown, S.F. (2005). The application of a threesurface kinematic hardening model to repeated loading of thinly surfaced pavements. Granular Matter, 7, 145-156.

Yu, H.*, Khong, C.D., Wang, J. and Zhang, G. (2005). Experimental evaluation and extension of a simple critical state model for sand. Granular Matter, 7, 213-225.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T. and Whittle, A.J. (2005). An evaluation of the mechanical and chemical dispersion methods for a tropical old alluvium. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 28 (2), 123-132. Page 3 of 14

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Whittle, A.J. and Ladd, C.C. (2004). Index properties of a highly weathered old alluvium, Géotechnique, 54 (7), 441-451.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Whittle, A.J. and Ladd, C.C. (2004). Soil structure of a highly weathered old alluvium. Géotechnique, 54 (7), 453-466.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Martin, R.T., and Whittle, A.J. (2003). A simple sample mounting method for random powder X-ray diffraction. Clays and Clay Minerals, 51 (2), 219- 226.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., and Whittle, A.J. (2003). Effects of Fe-oxides cementation on the deformation characteristics of a highly weathered old alluvium in San Juan, PR. Soils and Foundations, 43 (4), 119-130.

Wang, H.*, Zhang, G. and Zhou, K. (1996). Effects of inherent and induced anisotropy on the strength and deformation characteristics

Selected Conference Publications

Pant, R. and Zhang, G. (2012). Elastic and plastic anisotropy of muscovite probed by nanoindentation. 2012 Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, Golden, July 2012.

Zhang, G., Yin, H., Pant, R., and Wei, Z. (2011). Nano-elasticity of clay minerals and its geomechanical implications. ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, June 2-4, Boston.

Cai, C.S., Zhang, G., He, J., and Hou, S. (2010). Smart distributed fiber optic sensors for damage monitoring of steel structures. The 2010 ASCE-Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, August 8-11, Los Angeles, CA.

Land, L., Gambrell, R.P., and Zhang, G. (2009). Experimental design to test the impact of natural polymers on aggregation and microbial activity in three coastal Louisiana sediments. Coastal Restoration and Enhancement Through Science and Technology (CREST) annual meeting.

He, J. and Zhang, G. (2010). Geopolymerization of red mud and its influence on strength development. The 34th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC), Jan., Daytona Beach, FL.

Chen, H., Luo, J., and Zhang, G. (2009). A new class of nanoclay-based inorganic multilayers. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

He, J., Zhang, G., Hou, S., and Cai, C.S. (2009). Geopolymer-based smart adhesives for structural health monitoring: a feasibility study. The 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC), Jan. 18-23, Daytona Beach, FL.

Wei, Z., Zhang, G., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Nanoindentation testing of layered silicates. AIPEA Conference, May, Italy.

Wei, Z., Wang, X., Zhang, G., Chen, H., and Luo, J. (2008). Nanoindentation behavior of nanoclay-zirconia multilayers and its implications for synthesis and design. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

Chen, H., Luo, J., Wang, X., and Zhang, G. (2008). Nanoclay-zirconia multilayers: processing optimization and layer-by-layer deposition mechanisms. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

Wei, Z. and Zhang, G. (2008). Nanoindentation behavior nanostructured layered minerals. The 1st American Academy of Mechanics Conference, April, New Orleans.

Liu, R., Wei, Z., Guo, S., and Zhang, G. (2008). Splat Formation and Hardness Study of Atmospheric Plasma Sprayed Alumina. The 1st American Academy of Mechanics Conference, April, New Orleans.

Culligan, J. P. and Zhang, G. (1998). Geotechnical Centrifuge Modeling of Horizontal Hydraulic Flushing for LNAPLs Contaminated Sands. Final report submitted to NSF.

Recent Honors and Awards

Special Visiting Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), 2013
Overseas Collaborative Research Award, NSFC, 2012
Chevron Innovative Research Support Award, LSU College of Eng., 2011
Research Achievement Award, LSU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Eng., 2010
Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Office of Naval Research (ONR)/ASEE, 2010
Faculty Achievement Award, LSU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Eng., 2008
Donald W. Clayton Mentor Award, LSU College of Engineering, 2007
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Univ., 2006
 

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