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Fu Zhao

Fu Zhao

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and EEE

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: ME 2194

FAX: +1 765 494 0539


  • B.S. Tsinghua University, '93
  • M.E. Tsinghua University, '96
  • M.S. University of Michigan, '01
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, '05

Research Interests

  • Environment friendly design and life cycle engineering
  • Applications of bio-based materials in manufacturing
  • Fast and low-cost detection of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Biomass thermo-chemical upgrading for liquid and gaseous fuel

Research Links

Ten Select Publications

Agusdinata, D.B., Zhao, F., Ileleji, K., Delaurentis, D., Life Cycle Assessment of Potential Bio-jet Fuel Production in the United States, in press, Environmental Science and Technology.

Kou, N, Zhao, F., Techno-Economical Analysis of A Thermo-Chemical Biofuel Plant with Feedstock and Product Flexibility Under External Disturbances, in press, Energy.

Hang, Y., Qu, M., Zhao, F., Economic and Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Solar Hot Water Systems in the United States, accepted, Energy and Buildings.

Agusdinata, D.B., Zhao, F., Ileleji, K., Delaurentis, D., Sustainability of Bio-jet Fuels: A Multi-Actor Life Cycle Assessment Approach, accepted, IEEE Potentials.

Fang, K., Uhan, N., Zhao, F., Sutherland, J.W., A New Approach to Scheduling in Manufacturing for Power Consumption and Carbon Footprint Reduction, in press, Journal of Manufacturing Systems.

Kou, N., Zhao, F., Effect Of Multiple Feedstock Strategy on the Economic and Environmental Performance of Thermochemical Ethanol Production under Extreme Weather Conditions, Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol.35, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 608-616.

Mu, D., Seager, T., Rao, S., Park, J., Zhao, F., A Resilience Perspective of Biofuel Production, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp. 348–359, 2011.

Hang, Y., Qu, M., Zhao, F., Economical and Environmental Assessment of an Optimized Solar Cooling System for a Medium-sized Benchmark Office Building in Los Angeles, California, to appear, Volume 36, Issue 2, 2011, Pages 648-658.

Devanathan, S., Bernstein, W.Z., Ramanujan, D., Zhao, F., Ramani, K., 2010, Integration of Sustainability Into Early Design Through the Function Impact Matrix, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 132, Issue 8, 081004.

Ramani, K., Bernstein, W.Z., Ramanujan, D., Zhao, F., Sutherland, J., Handwerker, C., Choi, J.K., Kim, H., and Thurston, D., 2010, Integrated Sustainable Lifecycle Design: A Review, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 132, Issue 9, 091004.