Professor, Executive Director, Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Research Center for Micro/Nano Energy and Env

Contact InformationChao Tan

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38718,519-888-4567 x31895
Location: ERC 2007,E7 7436


Biography Summary

Zhongchao Tan, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering and Director of Research Lab for Green Energy & Pollution Control, at the University of Waterloo. He is also Executive Director of the Tsinghua University - University of Waterloo Joint Research Centre for Micro/Nano Energy & Environment Technologies.

He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in the 1990s, and PhD degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 2004. Then started his career as a faculty member at the University of Calgary, Canada from 2004-2010, and moved to the University of Waterloo in September 2010.

His teaching and research are focused on filtration and separation technologies for green energy and clean environment. More can be found at his website:

Research Interests

  • Green energy
  • Bioenergy
  • Air pollution control
  • Air cleaning
  • Indoor air quality
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Aerosol
  • Nanosafety
  • Alternative fuels
  • Energy harvesting/bio-energy
  • Power systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Renewable energy
  • Nano-instrumentation
  • Value-added recovery
  • Hydrothermal conversion
  • Hydrogen production
  • Biomass and waste management
  • Nanoaerosol filtration
  • Nanoaerosol measurement
  • Nanoaerosol generation and characterization
  • Post-combustion Air Cleaning
  • Acidic gas absorption
  • Diesel engine emission abatement
  • Mass transfer between gas-liquid system
  • Chemical reaction kinetics


  • 2004, Doctorate, Bioenvironmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1999, Master of Science, Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University
  • 1996, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Thermal engineering, Tsinghua University

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Li, Qinghai and Li, Fuxin and Meng, Aihong and Tan, Zhongchao and Zhang, Yanguo, Thermolysis of scrap tire and rubber in sub/super-critical water, Waste Management, 71, 2018, 311 - 319
  • Wu, Dihua and Tan, Zhongchao and Feng, Xianshe and Anderson, William A and Li, Qinghai, Regeneration of cobalt complexes by thermal decomposition and acid treatment for NO absorption, Chemical Engineering Journal, 315, 2017, 233 - 242
  • Li, Qinghai and Long, Yanqiu and Zhou, Hui and Meng, Aihong and Tan, Zhongchao and Zhang, Yanguo, Prediction of higher heating values of combustible solid wastes by pseudo-components and thermal mass coefficients, Thermochimica Acta, 658, 2017, 93 - 100
  • Xiang, Jie and Li, Qinghai and Tan, Zhongchao and Zhang, Yanguo, Characterization of the flow in a gas-solid bubbling fluidized bed by pressure fluctuation, Chemical Engineering Science, 174, 2017, 93 - 103
  • Li, Jingde and Cheng, Kuang and Croiset, Eric and Anderson, William A and Li, Qinghai and Tan, Zhongchao, Effects of SO2 on CO2 capture using chilled ammonia solvent, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63, 2017, 442 - 448

In the News