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Name: Runliang ZHU(朱润良)
Position: Research Professor
Department: Key Laboratory of Mineralogy and Metallogeny

(1)Molecular modeling of the mineral-water interfaces
We use molecular modeling methods (e.g., dl_poly, Metadise, Gulp, Vasp) to investigate the structure of water molecules on the surface of clay mineral, the interaction of environmental pollutants with clay mineral surfaces. Also the interaction between intercalants and clay minerals during the intercalation of clay minerals were concerned using molecular modeling methods.
(2) Development and application of novel mineral materials
Clay minerals are natural nano-sized materials. We focus on developing novel clay mineral based nano materials by intercalating clay minerals with various intercalants, particularly the nanoparticles such as fullerene. Then the properties and potential applications of the resulting nano materials will be concerned.


Recent Publications:

[1] Zhu R, Chen W, Ge F, Sharply T, Parker CS. The sorptive characteristics of organoclays: A combined LSER and molecular dynamics investigation. Environ Sci Technol 2011, 45 (15), 6504–6510
[2] Huang M, Zhu R*. 2011. Sorption of 2,4-dichlorophenol to organobentonites: influence of organic cation structure and bentonite layer charge. Adsor Sci & Technol, 24(5), 29-38.
[3] Zhu J, Wang T, Zhu R*, Ge F, Wei J, Yuan P, He H. 2011. Novel polymer/surfactant modified montmorillonite hybrids and the implications for phenol treatment. Appl Clay Sci, 51, 317–322.
[4] Zhu L, Zhu R*. 2011. Removal of Malachite Green and HOCs from water using bentonite. Frensc Environ Technol, 20, 521-527.
[5] Zhu J, Wang T, Zhu R*, Ge F, Yuan P, He H. 2011. Expansion characteristics of organo montmorillonites during the intercalation, aging, drying and rehydration processes: effect of surfactant/CEC ratio. Colloid Surface A, 51, 317–322.
[6] Zhu R, Shapley TV, Molinari M, Ge F, Parker SC. 2011. Structure of water saturated CTMA- montmorillonite hybrid: molecular dynamics simulation investigation. Adv Mater Res, 233-235, 1872-1877
[7] Zhu R*, Wang T, Zhu J, Ge F, Yuan P, He H. 2010. Structural and sorptive characteristics of the cetyltrimethylammonium and polyacrylamide modified bentonite. Chem Engin J, 160, 220-225.
[8] Wang T, Zhu J, Zhu R*, Ge F, Yuan P, He H. 2010. Enhancing the sorption capacity of CTMA-bentonite by simultaneous intercalation of cationic polyacrylamide. J Hazard Mater, 178, 1078-1084.
[9] Zhu R*, Wang T, Ge F, Chen W, You Z. 2009. Intercalation of both CTMAB and Al13 into montmorillonite. J Colloid Interface Sci, 335, 77-83.
[10] Zhu R*, Zhu L, Zhu J, Ge F, Wang T. 2009. Sorption of naphthalene and phosphate to the CTMAB-Al13 intercalated bentonites. J Hazard Mater, 168, 1590-1594.
[11] Zhu R, Zhu J, Ge F, Yuan P. 2009. Regeneration of the spent organoclays after sorption of organic pollutants: a review. J Environ Manage, 90, 3212-3216.
[12] Zhu R, Zhu L. 2008. Thermodynamics of naphthalene sorption to organoclays: role of surfactant packing densities. J Colloid Interface Sci, 322, 7-32.
[13] Zhu R, Zhu L, Zhu J, Xu L. 2008. Structure of cetyltrimethylammonium intercalated hydrobiotite. Appl Clay Sci, 42, 224-231.
[14] Zhu R, Zhu L, Zhu J, Xu L. 2008. Structures of surfactant-clay complexes and their sorptive characteristics toward HOCs. Sep Purif Technol, 63, 156-162.
[15] Zhu R, Zhu L, Xu L. 2007. Sorption characteristics of CTMA-bentonite complexes as controlled by surfactant packing density. Colloid Surface A, 294, 221-227. 
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