Yan Zhao

Yan Zhao is a CBiRC affiliate and a professor in the Iowa State University Department of Chemistry. Learn more about Dr. Zhao and his work at Iowa State University in his departmental profile.

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Catalysis
  • Biomimetic polymers
  • Biomass conversion
  • Organic synthesis
  • Fluorescent sensing
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Nanoscience


Dr. Zhao received his B.S. from Lanzhou University (1992) and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1996). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois (1996-1998) and a Senior Scientist at Procter & Gamble until July 2002, when he began his career as a professor of chemistry at Iowa State University.