MTSU Department of Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Mengliang Zhang

New Chemistry FacultyDr. Mengliang Zhang earned a B.S. in Pharmacy Engineering and an M.S. in Microbiological and Biochemical Pharmacy from Jilin University in China. He then received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Ohio University in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Glen P. Jackson and Dr. Peter de B. Harrington. Following his graduate research, he joined the Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a postdoctoral researcher.

At MTSU, Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the development of in situ, real-time, high throughput, and low sample-consumption methods with minimal sample preparation for the trace analysis of forensic samples, food materials, and natural products. Mass spectrometry based instrumental analysis (e.g., UPLC-MS, DART-MS, flow injection MS) coupled with chemometrics are primarily used in his research for targeted and untargeted analysis. These techniques can be widely applied to different areas such as food fraud detection, imaging analysis for document verification and fingerprint identification, chemical composition profiling for counterfeit pharmaceutical tablets, distinction of ignitable liquids and so on. He is also developing novel analytical methods and data processing strategies for the analysis of bioactive compounds (e.g., flavonoids and glucosinolates) in plant materials and/or traditional Chinese medicines. 

Dr. Zhang will serve as an integral faculty member in the growing Forensic Science program and a welcome addition to the Department of Chemistry.  Students wanting to get ahold of Dr. Zhang, or any faculty in the Department of Chemistry, can find contact information on the faculty listing page.