Yimin Zhu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry
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Science Building, 111
0111 Science Bl
Altoona, PA 16601

Yimin Zhu, Associate Professor of Chemistry, earned his doctorate at Stony Brook University. His doctoral work focused primarily on synthetic organic chemistry. He completed his postdoctoral training in carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More recently, he worked as an Assistant Scientist at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison, where he started his research on lignin, a major barrier against effective utilization of cellulosic biomass for liquid fuels. His primary area of research lies at the interface of organic chemistry and biochemistry. He plans to continue his work in bioenergy, with a concentration on chemistry and biochemistry of lignin and carbohydrate.

Research Interests

Organic chemistry and chemical biology

Lignin chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering


Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry


Ph D, Organic Chemistry, Stony Brook University

MS, Physical Chemistry, Xiamen University

BS, Chemistry, Xiamen University