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Zhongchao Tan

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Phone: 519-888-4567 x38718
Location: E3 3154
Fax: 519-888-5862

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Biography Summary

Zhongchao Tan is a Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Professor, with cross appointments in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Tan is also the Director of the Air Pollution Research and Innovation Laboratory (APRIL). His research interests involve clean air technology, indoor air quality, aerosol science and nanosafety, and biofuels. He has been awarded 2 international patents in clean air technology; and is now working on filtration aiming at nanosized particles in the air with his group. Professor Tan and his graduate students are also developing a novel process for the simultaneous removal of nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide from stationary emission sources.

Professor Tan is also an expert in instrumentation for airborne nanoparticle measurement. He has been developing a cost-effective technology to directly measure the number distribution of airborne nanoparticles by diffusive charging and aerodynamic focusing. The newly improved prototype could reach down to 40 nm. He also has developed a portable PM2.5 monitoring technology and device. Additionally, Professor Tan’s research group is investigating the mechanisms of the separation of nanoparticles from air.

Research Interests

  • Air Pollution Control
  • Air Cleaning
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Bioenergy
  • Aerosol
  • Nanosafety
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Harvesting/bio-energy
  • Power Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Nano-instrumentation
  • Value-added Recovery

Education

  • 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

Courses

  • ME 571 - Air Pollution
  • ME 456 - Heat Transfer 2
  • ME 760 - Special Topics in Thermal Engineering
  • ME 201 - Advanced Calculus

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Givehchi, Raheleh and Li, Qinghai and Tan, Zhongchao, Quality factors of PVA nanofibrous filters for airborne particles in the size range of 10--125nm, Fuel, 181, 2016, 1273 - 1280
  • Wu, Dihua and Tan, Zhongchao and Yu, Hesheng and Li, Qinghai and Thé, Jesse and Feng, Xianshe, Use of nanofiltration to reject cobalt (II) from ammoniacal solutions involved in absorption of SO 2/NOx, Chemical Engineering Science, 145, 2016, 97 - 107
  • Gharibi, Mirmojtaba and Boutaba, Raouf and Waslander, Steven L, Internet of drones, IEEE Access, 4, 2016, 1148 - 1162
  • Ahuja, Siddhant and Iles, Peter and Waslander, Steven L, Three-dimensional Scan Registration using Curvelet Features in Planetary Environments, Journal of Field Robotics, 33(2), 2016, 243 - 259
  • Yu, Hesheng and Tan, Zhongchao and Feng, Xianshe and Croiset, Eric and Thé, Jesse and Anderson, William A, Kinetics of the absorption of carbon dioxide into aqueous ammonia solutions, AIChE Journal, 2016
  • Tribou, Michael J and Wang, David WL and Waslander, Steven L, Degenerate motions in multicamera cluster SLAM with non-overlapping fields of view, Image and Vision Computing, 50, 2016, 27 - 41
  • Mathew, Neil and Smith, Stephen L and Waslander, Steven L, Multirobot rendezvous planning for recharging in persistent tasks, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 31(1), 2015, 128 - 142
  • Zuraimi, MS and Tan, Zhongchao, Impact of residential building regulations on reducing indoor exposures to outdoor PM 2.5 in Toronto, Building and Environment, 89, 2015, 336 - 344
  • Givehchi, Raheleh and Tan, Zhongchao, The effect of capillary force on airborne nanoparticle filtration, Journal of Aerosol Science, 83, 2015, 12 - 24
  • Ji, Yong-sheng and Zhan, Guangmei and Tan, Zhongchao and Hu, Yijie and Gao, Furong, Process control of reinforcement corrosion in concrete. Part 1: Effect of corrosion products, Construction and Building Materials, 79, 2015, 214 - 222
  • Akhtar, Adeel and Nielsen, Christopher and Waslander, Steven L, Path following using dynamic transverse feedback linearization for car-like robots, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 31(2), 2015, 269 - 279
  • Tan, Zhongchao and Givehchi, Raheleh and Saprykina, Alena, Submicron particle sizing by aerodynamic dynamic focusing and electrical charge measurement, Particuology, 18, 2015, 105 - 111
  • Daly, John M and Ma, Yan and Waslander, Steven L, Coordinated landing of a quadrotor on a skid-steered ground vehicle in the presence of time delays, Autonomous Robots, 38(2), 2015, 179 - 191
  • Tribou, Michael J and Harmat, Adam and Wang, David WL and Sharf, Inna and Waslander, Steven L, Multi-camera parallel tracking and mapping with non-overlapping fields of view, The International Journal of Robotics Research, 2015
  • Mathew, Neil and Smith, Stephen L and Waslander, Steven L, Planning paths for package delivery in heterogeneous multirobot teams, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 12(4), 2015, 1298 - 1308
  • Givehchi, Raheleh and Li, Qinghai and Tan, Zhongchao, The effect of electrostatic forces on filtration efficiency of granular filters, Powder technology, 277, 2015, 135 - 140
  • Tribou, Michael J and Waslander, Steven L and Wang, David WL, Scale recovery in multicamera cluster SLAM with non-overlapping fields of view, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 126, 2014, 53 - 66
  • Waslander, Steven and Das, Arun and Haley, Mark, 3D Mapping in Tunnel Environments: Maximizing Mission Range, Progress and Communication in Sciences, 1(2), 2014, 46 - 51
  • Liu, Fang and Sivoththaman, Siva and Tan, Zhongchao, Solvent extraction of 5-HMF from simulated hydrothermal conversion product, Sustainable Environment Research, 24(2), 2014
  • Twynstra, Matthew G and Daun, Kyle J and Waslander, Steven L, Line-of-sight-attenuation chemical species tomography through the level set method, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 143, 2014, 25 - 34
  • Ji, Yong-sheng and Wu, Meng and Tan, Zhongchao and Gao, Furong and Liu, Fang, Process control of reinforcement corrosion in concrete. Part 2: Time-dependent dominating factors under different environmental conditions, Construction and Building Materials, 73, 2014, 214 - 221
  • Yuan, Xiaochen and Histon, Jonathan M and Waslander, Steven, Survey of Operators’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems Experience, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 58(1), 2014, 31 - 35
  • Yu, Hesheng and Tan, Zhongchao, On the kinetics of the absorption of nitric oxide into ammoniacal cobalt (II) solutions, Environmental science & technology, 48(4), 2014, 2453 - 2463
  • Ahuja, Siddhant and Waslander, Steven L, Scan registration using the normal distributions transform with region growing clustering for point-sampled 3d surfaces, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2014
  • Das, Arun and Diu, Michael and Mathew, Neil and Scharfenberger, Christian and Servos, James and Wong, Andy and Zelek, John S and Clausi, David A and Waslander, Steven L, Mapping, planning, and sample detection strategies for autonomous exploration, Journal of Field Robotics, 31(1), 2014, 75 - 106
  • Das, Arun and Waslander, Steven L, Scan registration using segmented region growing NDT, The International Journal of Robotics Research, 33(13), 2014, 1645 - 1663
  • Givehchi, Raheleh and Tan, Zhongchao, An overview of airborne nanoparticle filtration and thermal rebound theory, Aerosol Air Qual Res, 14, 2014, 45 - 63
  • Kasaiezadeh, Alireza and Khajepour, Amir and Waslander, Steven L, Spiral bacterial foraging optimization method: algorithm, evaluation and convergence analysis, Engineering Optimization, 46(4), 2014, 439 - 464
  • Yuan, Xiaochen and Histon, Jonathan M and Waslander, Steven, Survey of Operators’ Information Requirements on Individually Operated Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 58(1), 2014, 36 - 40
  • Yu, Hesheng and Tan, Zhongchao, Simultaneous Desulfurization & Denitrification, , 2014
  • Servos, James and Waslander, Steven L, Using RGB Information to Improve NDT Distribution Generation and Registration Convergence, Proceedings of International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems, 10, 2014
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Chemical and Physical Principles, , 2013
  • Yuan, Xiaochen and Histon, Jonathan and Burns, Catherine and Waslander, Steven and Dizaji, Reza, Controller--Pilot Communications in the presence of Asynchronous UAS Radar Surveillance Data, Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 2013
  • Yu, HS and Tan, ZC, Absorption of nitric oxide into ammoniacal cobalt (II) solutions: Effect of oxygen, Proceedings of A&WMA’s 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2013
  • Yu, Hesheng and Tan, Zhongchao, Determination of equilibrium constants for reactions between nitric oxide and ammoniacal cobalt (II) solutions at temperatures from 298.15 to 309.15 K and pH values between 9.06 and 9.37 under atmospheric pressure in a bubble column, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 52(10), 2013, 3663 - 3673
  • Ji, Yiming and Xu, Zhenghe and Tan, Zhongchao, Liquid degassing using mono-dispersed and poly-dispersed micron droplets, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 91(6), 2013, 1059 - 1068
  • Chen, Chun and Zhao, Bin and Zhou, Wanting and Jiang, Xinyi and Tan, Zhongchao, A methodology for predicting particle penetration factor through cracks of windows and doors for actual engineering application, Building and Environment, 47, 2012, 339 - 348
  • Mathew, Neil and Waslander, Steven and Smith, Stephen, Graph-Based Approaches to Rendezvous in Multi-agent Systems, About SAIS 2012 4 Program Committee 5 Sponsors 7 SAIS 2012 Program 8 Invited Talks 10, 2012
  • Bristow, Michele and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Huissoon, Jan Paul and Jeon, Soo and Owen, William S and Waslander, Steven L and Stubley, Gordon D, A control systems concept inventory test design and assessment, IEEE Transactions on Education, 55(2), 2012, 203 - 212
  • Yin, Sudong and Mehrotra, Anil Kumar and Tan, Zhongchao, Direct formation of gasoline hydrocarbons from cellulose by hydrothermal conversion with in situ hydrogen, biomass and bioenergy, 47, 2012, 228 - 239
  • Yu, Hesheng and Zhu, Qunyi and Tan, Zhongchao, Absorption of nitric oxide from simulated flue gas using different absorbents at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, Applied energy, 93, 2012, 53 - 58
  • Yin, Sudong and Tan, Zhongchao, Hydrothermal liquefaction of cellulose to bio-oil under acidic, neutral and alkaline conditions, Applied Energy, 92, 2012, 234 - 239
  • Yu, Hesheng and Tan, Zhongchao, New correlations of volumetric liquid-phase mass transfer coefficients in gas-inducing agitated tank reactors, Int J Chem Reactor Eng, 10, 2012
  • Wang, Shuo and Zhao, Bin and Zhou, Bin and Tan, Zhongchao, An experimental study on short-time particle resuspension from inner surfaces of straight ventilation ducts, Building and Environment, 53, 2012, 119 - 127
  • Tribou, Michael J and Akhtar, Adeel and Waslander, Steven L, Relative position-based visual servoing control for quadrotors, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota), AIAA Paper, 5049, 2012, 13 - 16
  • Mukherjee, Prasenjit and Waslander, Steven L, Direct adaptive feedback linearization for quadrotor control, Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2012, 2012 - 4917
  • Zhu, Yangying and Zhao, Bin and Zhou, Bin and Tan, Zhongchao, A particle resuspension model in ventilation ducts, Aerosol Science and Technology, 46(2), 2012, 222 - 235
  • Smart, Michael and Waslander, Steven L, Stereo Augmented Detection of Lane Marking Boundaries, 2015 IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, January 2015, 2491 - 2496
  • Song, Sirui and Wong, Andy and Huissoon, Jan and Waslander, Steven L, Autonomous Vehicle Control Near the Limit of Friction, 2015 IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, January 2015, 1008 - 1013
  • Mohajerin, Nima and Waslander, Steven L, Modelling a Quadrotor Vehicle Using a Modular Deep Recurrent Neural Network, Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, January 2015, 376 - 381
  • Das, Arun and Waslander, Steven L, Entropy based keyframe selection for Multi-Camera Visual SLAM, Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, January 2015, 3676 - 3681
  • Das, Arun and Waslander, Steven L, Outlier rejection for visual odometry using parity space methods, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), January 2014, 3613 - 3618
  • Sancar, Feyyaz Emre and Fidan, Baris and Huissoon, Jan P and Waslander, Steven L, MPC based collaborative adaptive cruise control with rear end collision avoidance, 2014 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Proceedings, January 2014, 516 - 521
  • Abeywardena, Dinuka and Wang, Zhan and Dissanayake, Gamini and Waslander, Steven L and Kodagoda, Sarath, Model-aided state estimation for quadrotor micro air vehicles amidst wind disturbances, 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, January 2014, 4813 - 4818
  • Ahuja, Siddhant and Waslander, Steven L, 3D Scan Registration Using Curvelet Features, Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2014 Canadian Conference on, January 2014, 77 - 83
  • Mohajerin, Nima and Histon, Jonathan and Dizaji, Reza and Waslander, Steven L, Feature extraction and radar track classification for detecting UAVs in civillian airspace, 2014 IEEE Radar Conference, January 2014, 0674 - 0679
  • Mohajerin, Nima and Waslander, Steven L, Modular deep Recurrent Neural Network: Application to quadrotors, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), January 2014, 1374 - 1379
  • Servos, James and Waslander, Steven L, Multi channel generalized-ICP, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), January 2014, 3644 - 3649
  • Song, Sirui and Chun, Michael Chi Kam and Huissoon, Jan and Waslander, Steven L, Pneumatic trail based slip angle observer with Dugoff tire model, 2014 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Proceedings, January 2014, 1127 - 1132
  • Ling, Kevin and Chow, Derek and Das, Arun and Waslander, Steven L, Autonomous maritime landings for low-cost vtol aerial vehicles, Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2014 Canadian Conference on, January 2014, 32 - 39
  • Twynstra, Matthew G and Daun, Kyle J and Waslander, Steven L, Laser Absorption Tomography Reconstruction through the Level Set Method, ICHMT DIGITAL LIBRARY ONLINE, January 2013
  • Scharfenberger, Christian and Waslander, Steven L and Zelek, John S and Clausi, David A, Existence detection of objects in images for robot vision using saliency histogram features, Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2013 International Conference on, January 2013, 75 - 82
  • Mathew, Neil and Smith, Stephen L and Waslander, Steven L, A graph-based approach to multi-robot rendezvous for recharging in persistent tasks, Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, January 2013, 3497 - 3502
  • Akhtar, Adeel and Waslander, Steven L and Nielsen, Christopher, Fault tolerant path following for a quadrotor, 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, January 2013, 847 - 852
  • Das, Arun and Servos, James and Waslander, Steven L, 3D scan registration using the normal distributions transform with ground segmentation and point cloud clustering, Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, January 2013, 2207 - 2212
  • Servos, James and Smart, Michael and Waslander, Steven L, Underwater stereo SLAM with refraction correction, 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, January 2013, 3350 - 3355
  • Chen, Peiyi and Fischmeister, Sebastian and Reidemeister, Thomas and Rizwan, Yassir and Waslander, Steven, Demo abstract—Hexacopters for everyone: Online access to advanced robotics platforms for your research, Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), 2013 ACM/IEEE International Conference on, January 2013, 247 - 247
  • Daly, John M and Tribou, Michael J and Waslander, Steven L, A nonlinear path following controller for an underactuated unmanned surface vessel, 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, January 2012, 82 - 87
  • Das, Arun and Waslander, Steven L, Scan registration with multi-scale K-means normal distributions transform, 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, January 2012, 2705 - 2710
  • Akhtar, Adeel and Waslander, Steven L and Nielsen, Christopher, Path following for a quadrotor using dynamic extension and transverse feedback linearization, 2012 IEEE 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), January 2012, 3551 - 3556
  • Chen, Peiyi and Das, Arun and Mukherjee, Prasenjit and Waslander, Steven, Way-point navigation for a skid-steer vehicle in unknown environments, IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, January 2012
  • Das, Arun and Kumar, Devinder and El Bably, Abdelhamid and Waslander, Steven L, Taming the north: Multi-camera parallel tracking and mapping in snow-laden environments, Field and Service Robotics, , 359 manuscript pages
  • Mathew, Neil and Smith, Stephen L and Waslander, Steven L, Optimal path planning in cooperative heterogeneous multi-robot delivery systems, Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics XI, , 423 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Separation of Particles from a Gas, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 192 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Combustion Process and Air Emission Formation, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 226 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Air Emissions, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 24 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Properties of Aerosol Particles, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 116 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Basics of Gas Combustion, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 90 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Air Dispersion, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 346 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, In-combustion Air Emission Control, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 276 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Basic Properties of Gases, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 58 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Principles for Gas Separation, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 149 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Pre-combustion Air Emission Control, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 255 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Carbon Capture and Storage, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 393 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Indoor air quality, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 446 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Air Monitoring, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 461 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Nanoaerosol, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 425 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Post-combustion Air Emission Control, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, , 313 manuscript pages
  • Waslander, Steven L, Unmanned aerial and ground vehicle teams: Recent work and open problems, Autonomous control systems and vehicles, , 36 manuscript pages
  • Tan, Zhongchao, Air pollution and greenhouse gases: from basic concepts to engineering applications for air emission control,
  • Min, Jing and Fu, Liping and Usman, Taimur and Tan, Zhongchao, Does Winter Road Maintenance Help Reduce Air Emissions and Fuel Consumption?, January 2016,