Dr. Qian Zhang – Food Quality and safety – Best Researcher Award

 Dalian Ocean University  | China

Author Profile 

Early Academic Pursuits 🎓

Education and Training

She began her academic journey with a focus on food quality and safety, graduating from Shandong Normal University in 2010. Her passion for agricultural engineering led her to Dalian Ocean University, where she earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Mechanization Engineering in 2013. To further deepen her expertise, she participated in the Advanced Fishery Training Program of the United Nations University in 2017. This comprehensive academic foundation was solidified when she graduated with a doctoral degree in Aquatic Product Processing and Storage Engineering from Huazhong Agricultural University in 2023.

 Professional Endeavors 💼

Academic Positions

Currently, she serves as a senior experimentalist and master’s mentor at Dalian Ocean University. In her role, she is engaged in pioneering research on multi-energy synergy drying systems and the utilization of mariculture solid waste. Her work is instrumental in developing innovative solutions that integrate various energy sources to optimize drying processes and promote sustainable waste management practices in the aquaculture industry.


Contributions and Research Focus on Food Quality and safety📚

Research and Innovations
she has led and contributed to numerous significant research projects. Some of her notable completed and ongoing projects include:

  1. Coupling Mechanism of Kelp Multi-energy Cooperative Drying Thermodynamics and Quality Formation (PhD initiating project by Department of Science and Technology of Liaoning Province, 2023-2025)
  2. Solar-heat Pump Drying of Kelp (National Key Research and Development Plan, 2019-2022)
  3. Philippine Clam Multi-energy Collaborative Drying Technology and Equipment (Liaoning Marine Economic Development Project, 2022-2023)
  4. Activation and Passivation Kinetics of Sea Cucumber Autolysin Induced by Temperature (Project of Liaoning Provincial Department of Education, 2020-2023)
  5. Key Technologies of Ultra-high Pressure Treatment of Ready-to-eat Sea Cucumbers (Project of Liaoning Provincial Department of Ocean and Fisheries, 2017-2020)
  6. Optimization of Biological Fermentation Process of Aquaculture Solid Waste (National Key Research and Development Plan, 2020-2022)
  7. High Temperature Decomposition and Microbial Evolution of Solid Waste from Mariculture (Project of Liaoning Provincial Department of Education, 2023-2026)
  8. Mixed Aerobic Fermentation Process and Decomposition Mechanism of Solid Waste in Mariculture (Facilities Key Laboratory of Fisheries Ministry of Education, 2022-2023)
  9. Environmental Impact of Multi-level Ecological Aquaculture (New Technology Transformation and Application Project in Marine Field of Liaoning Province, 2022-2023)
  10. Scallop Seedling Production Demonstration Line Renovation and Expansion Design (Science and Technology Research Project of Dalian City, 2021-2023)

Accolades and Recognition 🏆

Her contributions to the field have been widely recognized. She has published numerous papers in high-impact journals, such as:

  • Solar-heat Pump Combined Drying with Phase Change Heat Storage: Multi-energy Self-adaptive Control (Renewable Energy, 2024, IF=8.7)
  • Control of Multi-energy Drying System: Optimal Weighted Combination Prediction of Moisture Content and Fuzzy Compensation of Wind Speed (Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 2024, IF=4.8)
  • Design of a Greenhouse Solar-assisted Heat Pump Dryer for Kelp (Laminaria japonica): System Performance and Drying Kinetics (Foods, 2022, IF=5.2)
  • Heat Pump Drying of Kelp (Laminaria japonica): Drying Kinetics and Thermodynamic Properties (Processes, 2022, IF=3.5)
  • Thermal-induced Autolysis Enzymes Inactivation, Protein Degradation and Physical Properties of Sea Cucumber, Cucumaria frondosa (Processes, 2022, IF=3.5)
  • Mass and Heat Transfer Characteristics and Quality Optimization of Microwave Vacuum Drying for Wakame (Food & Machinery, 2022, Chinese core journal)

 Impact and Influence 🌍

Community Impact

Her research has had a profound impact on the field of aquatic product processing and waste management. Her work on multi-energy synergy drying systems and the utilization of mariculture solid waste has paved the way for more sustainable and efficient practices in the aquaculture industry. She has published 6 SCI papers as first or corresponding author and holds 19 authorized patents. Her innovative approaches have not only advanced scientific understanding but also garnered her the second prize of the Liaoning Province Science and Technology Progress Award.

 Legacy and Future Contributions 🔮

Future Contributions

As a Deputy Laboratory Director and senior experimentalist, she continues to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. Her legacy is built on a foundation of rigorous research, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability. Her future contributions are expected to further enhance the efficiency and environmental impact of aquaculture practices, solidifying her role as a leading figure in the field.

her work exemplifies the integration of academic excellence, practical application, and a vision for a sustainable future. Her dedication and achievements serve as an inspiration to her peers and students alike, ensuring that her influence will be felt for years to come.

Notable Publications 

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