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Zhongchao Tan


Contact InformationZhongchao Tan

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38718
Location: E3 2007
Fax: 519-888-5862


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
  • Green Energy
  • 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


  • ME 201 - Advanced Calculus

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
  • 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
  • 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