Concordia University

Dr. Zhibin Ye, PhD, PEng, FRSC (UK)

Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Office: S-EV 2283 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5611


PhD (2004), Chemical Engineering, McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)
MEng (1999), Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)
BEng (1996), Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)

Work Experience

Professor (since 2017), Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Concordia University
Canada Research Chair (2011-2017), Professor (2012-2017), Associate Professor (2009-2012), Assistant Professor (2004-2009) Bharti School of Engineering, Laurentian University


Research Awards

  • Inducted into Concordia Provost's Circle of Distinction (2018)
  • Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (2018, Chemical Institute of Canada Catalysis Division)
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK, 2016)
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2015)
  • Canada Research Chair in Polymer Nanomaterials (2011-2020)
  • Ontario Premier's Early Researcher Award (2007)
  • Laurentian University Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Excellence Award (2011)

Teaching activities

ENGR 251 W Thermodynamics I

Winter 2018

ENGR 291 P Topics in Engineering - Polymer Chemistry & Engineering

Winter 2018

Research activities

Research Funding (over $3.6M external funding secured as PI since 2005)

NSERC: 3 Discovery, 4 CRD, 4 RTI, 1 Strategic, 1 DAS, 3 ngage, 1 Engage Plus, and 1 I2I Grants;

CFI: 1 On-going NOF and 3 LOF grants;

Canada Research Chair2 five-year terms (2011 - 2020) with 2nd term (2016-2020) renewed in April 2015;

Provincial Funding: 1 Early Researcher Award, 4 ORF grants, 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships, 1 Research Internship, and 3 OCE Collaborative Project grants from Ontario Government;

Industry Funding: from companies including Imperial Oil, Barrick Gold Corporation, Goldcorp, etc.

Concordia Funding: 1 Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant


Referred Journal Papers

For a complete updated list, visit my google scholar page

  • V. K. Tiwari, Z. Chen, F. Gao, Z. Gu, X. Sun, Z. Ye*, “Synthesis of ultra-small carbon nanospheres (< 50 nm) with uniform tunable sizes by a convenient catalytic emulsion polymerization strategy: superior supercapacitive and sorption performances”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017, 5, 12131–12143. [Featured on journal back cover]
  • H. Su, Z. Ye*, N. Hmidi, “High-performance iron oxide-graphene oxide nanocomposite adsorbents for arsenic removal”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2017, 522, 161–172.
  • L. Xu, L. Huang, Z. Ye*, N. Meng, Y. Shu, Z. Gu, “Polycyclopentene-decorated carbon nanotubes by convenient large-scale in situ polymerization and their lotus leaf-like superhydrophobic films”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2017, 38, 1600608.
  • L. Huang, Z. Ye*, R. Berry, “Modification of cellulose nanocrystals with quaternary ammonium-containing hyperbranched polyethylene ionomers by ionic assembly”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016, 4, 4937–4950.
  • Z. Dong, P. Xiang, L. Huang, Z. Ye*, “Efficient, robust surface functionalization and stabilization of gold nanorods with quaternary ammonium-containing ionomers as multidentate macromolecular ligands”, RSC Advance 2016, 6, 43574–43590.
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, “Hyperbranched polyethylene ionomers containing cationic tetralkylammonium ions synthesized by Pd–diimine-catalyzed direct one-pot ethylene copolymerization with ionic liquid comonomers”, Macromolecules 2015, 48, 6096–6107.
  • P. Govindaiah, E. Guerra, Y. Choi, Z. Ye*, “Pressure oxidation leaching of an enargite concentrate in the presence of polytetrafluoroethylene beads”, Hydrometallurgy 2015, 157, 340−347.
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, “Homo- and co-polymerization of norbornene and methyl acrylate with Pd–diimine catalysts”, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2015, 798, 429−436.
  • P. Govindaiah, M. Grundy, E. Guerra*, Y. Choi, Z. Ye*, “Polytetrafluoroethylene/TiO2 composite pellets as sulfur adsorbents for pressure oxidization leaching of chalcopyrite”, Metallurgical and Materials Transaction B 2015, 46B, 550−556.
  • Z. Dong, Z. Ye*, “Heterogeneous palladium catalyst constructed with cross-linked hyperbranched poly(phenylacetylene) as polymer support: a reusable highly active ppm-level catalyst for multiple cross-coupling reactions”, Applied Catalysis A: General 2015489, 61−71.
  • M. Grundy, Z. Ye*, “Cross-linked polymers of diethynylbenzene and phenylacetylene as new polymer precursors for high-yield synthesis of nanoporous activated carbons of high performance for supercapacitors, hydrogen storage, and CO2 capture”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2014, 2, 20316−20330. [Invited to be featured on journal back cover]
  • Z. Dong, Z. Ye*, “Reusable, highly active heterogeneous Pd catalyst by convenient self-encapsulation cross-linking polymerization for multiple carbon–carbon cross-coupling reactions at ppm to ppb Pd loadings”, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 2014356, 3401−3414.
  • P. Liu, Z. Ye*, W.-J. Wang*, B.-G. Li, “Synthesis of polyethylene and polystyrene miktoarm star copolymers using an ‘in-out’ strategy”, Polymer Chemistry 20145, 5443−5452.
  • L. Xu, Z. Ye*, S. Siemann, Z. Gu, “Noncovalent solubilization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in common low-polarity organic solvents with branched Pd–diimine polyethylenes: effects of polymer chain topology, molecular weight and terminal pyrene group”, Polymer 201455, 3120−3129.
  • O. Osazuwa, M. Kontopoulou, P. Xiang, Z. Ye, A. Docoslis*, “Electrically conducting polyolefin composites containing electric field-aligned multiwall carbon nanotube structures: the effects of process parameters and filler loading”, Carbon 201472, 89−99. 
  • P. Liu, Z. Dong, Z. Ye*, W.-J. Wang*, B.-G. Li, “A conveniently synthesized polyethylene gel encapsulating palladium nanoparticles as a reusable high-performance catalyst for Heck and Suzuki coupling reactions”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 20131, 15469−15478.
  • L. Xu, Z. Ye*, “A Pd−diimine catalytic inimer for synthesis of polyethylenes of hyperbranched-on-hyperbranched and star architectures”, Chemical Communications 201349, 8800−8802.
  • E. Landry, Z. Ye*, “Convenient Pd-catalyzed ‘arm-first’ synthesis of large unimolecular star polyethylene nanoparticles”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 201334, 1493−1498.
  • A. A. Vasileiou, A. Docoslis, M. Kontopoulou*, P. Xiang, Z. Ye, “The role of non-covalent functionalization and matrix viscosity on the dispersion and properties of LLDPE/MWCNT nanocomposites”, Polymer 201354, 5230−5240.
  • Z. Ye*, L. Xu, Z. Dong, P. Xiang, “Designing polyethylenes of complex chain architectures by Pd–diimine-catalyzed ‘living’ ethylene polymerization”, Chemical Communications 201349, 6235−6255. [Invited feature article]
  • L. Xu, J.-W. McGraw, F. Gao, M. Grundy, Z. Ye*, Z. Gu, J. L. Shepherd, “Production of high-concentration graphene dispersions in low-boiling-point organic solvents by liquid-phase noncovalent exfoliation of graphite with a hyperbranched polyethylene and formation of graphene/ethylene copolymer composites”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013117, 10730−10742.
  • P. Liu, Z. Ye*, W.-J. Wang*, B.-G. Li, “Hyperbranched polyethylenes encapsulating self-supported palladium (II) species as efficient and recyclable catalysts for Heck reaction”, Macromolecules 201346, 72−82.
  • P. Xiang, K. Petrie, M. Kontopoulou, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, “Tuning structural parameters of polyethylene brushes in surface-initiated ethylene ‘living’ polymerization from silica nanoparticles and effects on nanocomposite properties”, Polymer Chemistry 20134, 1381−1395.
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, “Alternating, gradient, block, and block-gradient copolymers of ethylene and norbornene by Pd−diimine catalyzed ‘living’ copolymerization”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 201351, 672−686.
  • O. Oaszuwa, K. Petrie, M. Kontopoulou*, P. Xiang, Z. Ye, A. Docoslis, “Characterization of non-covalently, non-specifically functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes and their melt compounded composites with an ethylene-octene copolymer”, Composite Science and Technology 201273, 27−33.
  • O. Osazuwa, M. Kontopoulou*, P. Xiang, Z. Ye, A. Docoslis, “Polymer composites containing non-covalently functionalized carbon nanotubes: a study of their dispersion characteristics and response to AC electric fields”, Procedia Engineering 201242, 1414−1424.
  • P. Liu, W. Lu, W.-J. Wang*, B.-G. Li, Z. Ye*, S. Zhu*, “Synthesis and characterization of PE-b-POGEMA copolymers prepared by linear/hyperbranched telechelic polyethylene-initiated ATRP of oligo(ethylene glycol) Methacrylates”, Chapter 4 in ACS Symposium Series 1101, Progress in Controlled Radical Polymerization: Materials and Applications, Edited by K. Matyjaszewski, B. S. Sumerlin, and N. V. Tsarevsky, 2012, pp 39−64.
  • Z. Zhang, Z. Ye*, “A ligand exchange strategy for one-pot sequential synthesis of (hyperbranched polyethylene)-b-(linear polyketone) block polymers”, Chemical Communications 201248, 7940−7942.
  • Z. Dong, Z. Ye*, “Synthesis of hyperbranched poly(phenylacetylene)s containing pendant alkyne groups by one-pot Pd-catalyzed copolymerization of phenylacetylene with diynes”, Macromolecules 201245, 5020−5031.  [This paper is one of top 20 most read articles in the Journal in June 2012; it is also highlighted in ACS Noteworthy Chemistry on August 6, 2012.]
  • Z. Dong, Z. Ye*, “Hyperbranched polyethylenes by chain walking polymerization: synthesis, properties, functionalization, and applications”, Polymer Chemistry 20123, 286−301.  [Invited review article]
  • L. Xu, Z. Ye*, Q. Cui, Z. Gu, L. Mercier, “Surface-initiated catalytic ethylene polymerization within nano-channels of ordered mesoporous silicas for synthesis of hybrid silica composites containing covalently tethered polyethylene”, Polymer 201152, 5961−5974.
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, “Synthesis of low- and medium-molecular-weight hyperbranched polyethylenes by chain walking ethylene polymerization with Pd-diimine catalysts of reduced ligand steric crowdedness for novel synthetic base stocks”, Polymer 201152, 5027−5039.
  • P. Liu, E. Landry, Z. Ye*, H. Joly, W.-J. Wang*, B.-G. Li, “‘Arm-first’ synthesis of core-crosslinked multiarm star polyethylenes by coupling Pd-catalyzed ethylene ‘living’ polymerization with atom-transfer radical polymerization”, Macromolecules 201144, 4125−4139.
  • K. Petrie, A. Docoslis, S. Vasic, M. Kontopoulou*, S. Morgan, Z. Ye, “Non-covalent/non-specific functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with a hyperbranched polyethylene and characterization of their dispersion in a polyolefin matrix”, Carbon 201149, 3378−3382.
  • Y. Xu, P. Campeau, Z. Ye*, “Synthesis of heterobifunctional hyperbranched polyethylenes tethered with dual acryloyl and 2-bromoisobutyryl functionalities via one-pot chain walking terpolymerization”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2011212, 1255−1262.
  • Y. Xu, P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, W.-J. Wang, “Hyperbranched-linear polyethylene block polymers constructed with chain blocks of hybrid chain topologies via one-pot stagewise chain walking ethylene ‘living’ polymerization”, Macromolecules 201043, 8026−8038.
  • S. Li, Z. Ye*, “Synthesis of narrowly distributed ω-telechelic hyperbranched polyethylenes by efficient end-capping of Pd-diimine-catalyzed ethylene ‘living’ polymerization with styrene derivatives”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2010211, 1917−1924.  [This paper is one of the hottest articles in Catalysis in Wiley journals in Spring 2011. It is also one of the most accessed articles in the journal in March 2011.]
  • X. Xia, Z. Ye*, S. Morgan, J. Lu, “‘Core-first’ synthesis of multiarm star polyethylenes with a hyperbranched core and linear arms via ethylene multifunctional ‘living’ polymerization with hyperbranched polyethylenes encapsulating multinuclear covalently tethered Pd-diimine catalysts”, Macromolecules 201043, 4889−4901. [This paper is one of top 20 most read articles in the Journal in May 2010.]
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, “Copolymerization of ethylene with sterically hindered 3,3-dimethyl-1-butene using a chain walking Pd-diimine catalyst”, Macromolecular Rapid Communication 201031, 1083−1089.
  • Z. Ye*, S. Li, “Hyperbranched polyethylenes and functionalized polymers by chain walking polymerization with Pd-diimine catalysis”, Macromolecular Reaction Engineering 20104, 319−332.  [Invited feature article; featured on the cover page of the issue; one of top 11 most accessed article in the Journal in May 2010.]
  • S. Morgan, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, W.-J. Wang, G. Ulibarri, “Chain walking copolymerization of ethylene with cyclopentene – effect of ring incorporation on polymer chain topology”, Polymer 201051, 597–605.
  • S. Morgan, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, S. Zhu, “Higher-molecular-weight hyperbranched polyethylenes containing cross-linking structures as lubricant viscosity-index improvers”, Polymer Engineering and Science 201050, 911−918.
  • L. Xu, Z. Ye*, Q. Cui, Z. Gu, “Noncovalent nonspecific solubilization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes at high concentrations with a hyperbranched polyethylene”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2009210, 2194–2202. [This paper was ranked as one of the most accessed papers in the journal in the year from Aug. 2009 to July 2010.]
  • P. Xiang, Z. Ye*, S. Morgan, X. Xia, W. Liu, “Tuning polyethylene chain topology via ring incorporation in chain walking ethylene polymerization”, Macromolecules 200942, 4946−4949.
  • K. Zhang, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, “A trinuclear Pd-diimine catalyst for ‘core-first’ synthesis of three-arm star polyethylenes via ethylene ‘living’ polymerization”, Macromolecules 200942, 2313−2316.
  • S. Morgan, Z. Ye*, K. Zhang, R. Subramanian, “One-pot synthesis of low-viscosity hyperbranched polyethylenes tethered with pendant acryloyl functionalities by chain walking copolymerizations of ethylene with a diacrylate comonomer at elevated concentrations”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2008209, 2232−2240. [This paper was one of the most accessed articles in the journal in Sept.−Oct. 2008.]
  • Y. Zhang, Z. Ye*, “Covalent surface grafting of branched polyethylenes on silica nanoparticles by surface-initiated ethylene “living” polymerization with immobilized Pd-diimine catalysts”, Macromolecules 200841, 6331−6338.
  • J. Ye, Z. Ye*, S. Zhu, “Synthesis and characterization of hyperbranched polyethylenes containing cross-linking structures by chain walking copolymerization of ethylene with diacrylate comonomer”, Polymer 200849, 3382−3392.
  • J. Wang*, Y. Song, C. Zhang, Z. Ye, H. Liu, M.-H. Lee, D. Wang, J. Ji, “Alternating copolymer of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone-benzimidazole)s (SPEEK-BI) bearing acid and base moieties”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2008209, 1495−1502. [This paper was one of the most accessed articles in the journal in July 2008.]
  • J. Wang, K. Zhang, Z. Ye*, “One-pot synthesis of hyperbranched polyethylenes tethered with polymerizable methacryloyl groups via selective ethylene copolymerization with heterobifunctional comonomers by chain walking Pd-diimine catalysis”, Macromolecules 200841, 2290−2293. 
  • Y. Zhang, Z. Ye*, “Homogeneous polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-supported Pd-diimine complex and synthesis of polyethylenes end-tethered with a POSS nanoparticle via ethylene "living" polymerization”, Chemical Communications 2008, 1178−1180. [This paper was highlighted in SYNFACTS: “Preparation of Polyethylenes End-Tethered with POSS”, Synfacts 2008, 6, 0650−0650.]
  • K. Zhang, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, “ Synthesis of block copolymers of ethylene with styrene and n-butyl acrylate via a tandem strategy combining ethylene ‘living’ polymerization catalyzed by a functionalized Pd-diimine catalyst with atom transfer radical polymerization”, Macromolecules 200841, 640−649.
  • J. Wang, M. Kontopoulou, Z. Ye*, R. Subramanian, S. Zhu, “Chain-topology-controlled hyperbranched polyethylene as effective polymer processing aid (PPA) for extrusion of a metallocene linear-low-density polyethylene (mLLDPE)”, Journal of Rheology 200852, 243−260. [This paper was one (4th, 19th, and 5th, respectively) of twenty (20) most accessed articles in the journal in January, June and August 2008.]
  • K. Zhang, J. Wang, R. Subramanian, Z. Ye*, J. Lu, Q. Yu, “Chain walking ethylene copolymerization with an ATRP inimer for one-pot synthesis of hyperbranched polyethylenes tethered with ATRP initiating sites”, Macromolecular Rapid Communication 200728, 2185−2191. [This paper was one of most accessed articles in the journal during the period of June 2007−Oct. 2008.]
  • J. Wang, Z. Ye*, H. Joly “Synthesis and characterization of hyperbranched polyethylenes tethered with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles by chain walking ethylene copolymerization with acryloisobutyl-POSS”, Macromolecules 200740, 6150−6163.
  • J. Wang, Z. Ye*, S. Zhu, “Topology-engineered hyperbranched high-molecular-weight polyethylenes as lubricant viscosity-index improver of high shear stability”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 200746, 1174−1178.
  • C. Elliott, Z. Ye, S. C. Mojumdar, M. T. Saleh*, “A potential bacterial carrier for bioremediation -characterization of insoluble potato fiber”, Journal of Thermal Analysis & Calorimetry 200790, 707−711.
  • H. M. Alsyouri, D. Li, Y. S. Lin*, Z. Ye, S. Zhu, “Counter diffusion self-assembly synthesis of nanostructured silica membranes”, Journal of Membrane Science 2006282, 266−275.
  • Z. Ye*, S. Zhu, J. F. Britten “Chain orientation in polyethylene fibres prepared from ethylene nano-extrusion process”, Macromolecular Rapid Communication 200627, 1217−1222.
  • Z. Ye*, W. Feng, S. Zhu, Q. Yu “Effect of chain straightening on rheological parameters of Ni-diimine poly(1-hexene)s”, Macromolecular Rapid Communication 200627, 871−876.
  • Z. Ye*, F. AlObaidi, S. Zhu*, R. Subramanian “Long chain branching and rheological properties of ethylene-1-hexene copolymers prepared from ethylene stock by concurrent tandem catalysis”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2005206, 2096−2105.
  • F. AlObaidi, Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Ethylene polymerization with homogeneous Ni-Diimine catalysts: effect of catalyst structure and polymerization conditions on catalyst activity and polymer properties”, Polymer 200445, 6823−6829.
  • W.-J. Wang, Z. Ye, H. Fan, B.-G. Li, S. Zhu*, “Dynamic mechanical and rheological properties of metallocene-catalyzed long chain branched ethylene/propylene copolymers”, Polymer 200445, 5497−5504.
  • Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Melt rheological properties of branched polyethylenes produced with Pd/Ni diimine catalysts”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2004205, 897−906.
  • F. AlObaidi, Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Direct synthesis of linear low density polyethylene of ethylene/1-hexene directly from ethylene using tandem catalytic system in single reactor”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry 200442, 4327−4336.
  • Z. Ye, F. AlObaidi, S. Zhu*, “Synthesis and rheological properties of long chain branched isotactic polypropylenes via propylene copolymerization with non-conjugated dienes”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 200443, 2860−2870.
  • Z. Ye, F. AlObaidi, S. Zhu*, “A tandem catalytic system for synthesis of ethylene-1-hexene copolymers from ethylene stock”, Macromolecular Rapid Communication 200425, 647−652.
  • H. Alsyouri, C. Langheinrich, Y. S. Lin*, Z. Ye, S. Zhu, “Cyclic CVD modification of straight nanopore alumina membranes”, Langmuir 200319, 7307−7314.
  • F. AlObaidi, Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Ethylene polymerization with silica supported Ni-diimine catalyst: effect of supporting and polymerization conditions on catalyst activity and polymer properties”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2003204, 1653−1659.
  • Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, W.-J. Wang, H. Alsyouri, and Y. S. Lin, “Morphological and mechanical properties of nascent polyethylene fibers via ethylene extrusion polymerization with MCM-41 supported metallocene catalyst”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B, Polymer Physics 200341, 2433−2443.
  • Z. Ye, W.-J. Wang, S. Zhu*, “ESR study on reduction of constrained geometry catalyst systems”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 200389, 2474−2482.
  • Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Newtonian flow behavior of high-molecular-weight hypebranched polyethylenes produced with a Pd-diimine catalyst and its dependence on chain topology”, Macromolecules 200336, 2194−2197.
  • Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, “Synthesis of branched polypropylene with isotactic backbone and atactic side chains by binary iron and zirconium single site catalysts”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry 200341, 1152−1159.
  • Z. Ye, S. Zhu*, H. Alsyouri, and Y. S. Lin, “Catalyst impregnation and ethylene polymerization with mesoporous particle supported Ni-diimine catalysts”, Polymer 200344, 969−980.

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