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Yuanyang Zhang

PhD Candidate

Yuanyang Zhang 2019 image


Location Applied Science Building, Attic

The characterisation of volatile organic compounds in smoke

Supervised by  Dr Graham Eyres, and Associate Professor Pat Silcock


Yuanyang is from Shanghai, China, and acquired his Bachelor’s degree at Qingdao University of Science and Technology in 2008 and completed his Master's, majoring in Analytical Chemistry, in Shandong University in June 2011. From July 2011 to April 2017, Yuanyang worked as a chemical analyst in WuXi AppTec, one of the biggest CROs (Contract Research Organizations) in Asia.

Yuanyang's research interests  focus on the characterization of aroma compounds and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in smoke.

After putting in his letter of resignation, many of Yuanyangs' friends asked  "After so many years of working, why do you want to quit your job, give up the salary and go back to University?” to which Yuanyang replied,  “I just want to bring more possibilities to my life.”,

Project Outline

  1. Develop and validate analytical methods to characterizing the aroma compounds and PAHs in Manuka smoke.
  2. Investigate the contribution of volatile aroma compounds to desirable aroma attributes.
  3. Design a smoke generator with which the aroma compounds could be maximised and PAHs could be minimised.