University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Jianzhong Wu

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Jianzhong Wu

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Jianzhong Wu

Ph.D Chemical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Bourns Hall A249
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2413
Facsimile: 951-827-5696
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Former Institutions: None


My research concerns development and application of molecular theory and simulation methods for predicting microscopic structure and thermodynamic properties of soft matter and biological systems. The fundamental research is useful for a variety of engineering applications including energy production and storage, environmental protection, rational design and fabrication of polymeric materials and pharmaceutics, and target delivery of biomolecular drugs.


  • Ph.D in Chemical Engineering (1998), University of California, Berkeley
  • B.E. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering (1991 &1994), Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics (1991), Tsinghua University, Beijing


  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2008)
  • Regents’ Faculty Development Award, University of California at Riverside (2003)
  • Regents’ Faculty Fellowship, University of California at Riverside (2001)
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2000)
  • Progress in Science and Technology Award (2nd place team award), Ministry of Education, P. R. China (1999)
  • Shen Graduate Award, University of California at Berkeley (1996)

Selected Publications

  • “Pairwise additive hydrophobic effect for alkanes in water”, J. Wu and J. M. Prausnitz, Proceedings of National Academy of Science of the United States, 105(28): 9512–9515, 2008.
  • ''Density functional theory for complex fluids'', J. Wu, Z. Li, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 58:85-112 (2007).
  • ''Density functional theory for polyelectrolytes near oppositely charged surfaces,'' Z. Li and J. Wu, Physical Review Letters, 96, Article# 048302 (2006).
  • “Microstructure of block copolymers near selective surfaces: Theoretical predictions and configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulation” (D. Cao and J. Wu), Macromolecules, 38, 971-978 (2005).
  • “Novel Carbonaceous Materials for Hydrogen Storage” (D. Cao, P. Feng and J. Wu), Nano Letters, 4(8), 1489-1492 (2004).
  • “Phase behavior of thermally responsive microgel colloids”, J. Wu, B. Zhou, and Z. Hu, Physical Review Letters, 90(4), 048304(2003).

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
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Bourns College of Engineering
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