Wei Zheng

Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Engineering & Technology Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 229 Jarvis Hall-Technology Wing
Phone: 715-232-2385
Email: zhengw@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

Dr. Zheng is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Plastics Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to joining UW-Stout, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 2008. She is the recipient of several state-funded grants including the WiSys Applied Research Grant and the G. A. Taft Professorship of UW-Stout. Her current research focuses on the bio- and/or biodegradable polymers including rheology of polymer melts and glasses, physics of crystallization and glass transition, curing kinetics of reversible thermosets, and structure-property-processing relationship. She has published 32 refereed articles with more than 700 citations. Dr. Zheng has also been active in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) including serving as the Councilor of the Applied Rheology Division of SPE and the President of Chinese American Society of Plastics Engineers.

Education

    • Ph D Chemical Engineering
      Texas Tech University
      College Station, TX, 2008
    • BS Chemical Engineering
      East China University of Science and Technology
      2003

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout
        Program Director
        August 2017 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Engineering and Technology Department
        Associate Professor
        July 2016 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Engineering and Technology Department
        Assistant Professor
        July 2012 - June 2016
      • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
        Postdoctoral Researcher
        Present
      • Texas Tech University
        Postdoctoral Researcher
        Present
      • Texas Tech University
        Research Assistant
        Present

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Zheng, W. (2011). Effect of Cation Symmetry on the Morphology and Physicochemical Propertiesof Imidazolium Ionic Liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry B(115), 6572-6584.
    • Zheng, W. (2010). The Viscoelastic Behaviors of Athermal Solutions. Polymer(51), 4899-4906.
    • Zheng, W. (2009). The Consequence of Excess Configurational Entropy on Fragility: the Case of a Polymer/Oligomer Blend. Physical Review Letters(103).
    • Zheng, W. (2008). On the Validity of the Isoconversion Analysis for the Glass Transition. Thermochimica Acta, 468, 387-93.
    • Zheng, W. (2008). The Glass Transition of Athermal Poly(α-Methyl Styrene/Oligomer Blends. Journal of Polymer Science: Part B: Polymer Physics, 46, 418 - 430.
    • Zheng, W. (2007). Confinement Effects on the Glass Transition of the Hydrogen Bonded Liquids. Journal of Chemical Physics, 127.
    • Zheng, W. (2007). The Glass Transition Temperature Versus the Fictive Temperature. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 353, 2603-2612.
    • Zheng, W. (2007). Thermodynamic Analysis of Pure and Impurity Doped Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate Crystals Grown at Room Temperature. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 89, 475 - 478.

    Conference Proceeding

    • Zheng, W. (2009). The Viscoelastic Behaviors of Athermal Blends. , North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) 37th Annual Conference.
    • Zheng, W. (2009). The Viscoelastic Behaviors of Athermal Solutions. , Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Meeting (SPE ANTEC).
    • Zheng, W. (2008). The Glass Transition and Fast Dynamics in Athermal Polystyrene/Oligomer Blends. , 1, North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) 36th Annual Conference.
    • Zheng, W. (2007). Isoconversion Analysis of the Glass Transition. , 1766, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Meeting (SPE ANTEC).
    • Zheng, W. (2007). Tg in Polymer/Oligomer Athermal Blends. , 1798, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Meeting (SPE ANTEC).

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Conference

    • Annual Technical Conference of Society of Plastics Engineers (February 2010 - Present)

    Reviewer, Journal

    • Polymer International (February 2010 - Present)
    • Journal of Composite Materials (February 2010 - Present)
    • Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (February 2010 - Present)
    • High Performance Polymers (February 2010 - Present)
    • Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics (February 2010 - Present)

    Referee, Poster

    • Annual Technical Conference of Society of Plastics Engineers (February 2012 - May 2012)
    • Annual Conference of North American Thermal Analysis (February 2009 - May 2009)

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
  • Society of Rheology (SOR)

Service

    Professional

    • Technical Program Chair, Society of Plastics Engineers (February 2012)
    • Conference Session Chair, North American Thermal Analysis Annual Conference (February 2009 - December 2009)
    • Officer, President/Elect/Past, Society of Plastics Engineers Texas Tech Student Chapter (September 2006 - May 2007)