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Guoping Zhang

Associate Professor

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Research and Background

Nano/micro mechanics of low-dimensional geomaterials (clays/shales, clay-exopolymer micro flocs, “marine snow”) for energy and marine ecosystem sustainability, Bioinspired/bioengineered soil stabilization for coastal/wetland sustainability, Novel geopolymers for infrastructure, environment, and energy sustainability, Behavior of soft marine/wetland clays and residual soil

Contact Info

Guoping Zhang
38 Marston Hall, College of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 130 Natural Resources Road,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003


Ph.D., Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, M.I.T., 2002; M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1994; B.Eng. Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1991


Wu, H., Hu, L., Zhang, G. (2016). Effects of electro-osmosis on the physical and chemical properties of bentonite. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (published online).

Liu, Z., Liu, F., Ma, F., Wang, M., Bai, X., Zheng, Y., Yin, H., and Zhang, G.* (2016). Collapsibility, composition, and microstructure of a loess in China. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(4), 673-686.

Zhang, Z., Liu, F., and Zhang, G. (2015). An effective stress formulation for unsaturated soils considering air-liquid interface. Rock and Soil Mechanics, 36, 147-153.

Zhang, M., Zhao, M., Zhang, G., Nowak, P., Coen, A., Tao, M. (2015). Calcium-free geopolymer as a stabilizer for sulfate-rich soils. Applied Clay Science 108, 199-207.

Zhang, M., El-Korchi, T., Zhang, G., Liang, J., and Tao, M.* (2014). Synthesis factors affecting the mechanical properties, microstructure, and chemical composition of red mud-fly ash based geopolymers. Fuel, 134, 315-325. IF = 3.357.

Zhang, Z., Liu, F., and Zhang, G. (2014). Models for water retention and unsaturated permeability in full range of water content. Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 36(11), 2069-2077.

Furukawa, Y.*, Reed, A.H., and Zhang, G. (2014). Effect of organic matter on estuarine flocculation: a laboratory study using montmorillonite, humic acid, xanthan gum, guar gum and natural estuarine flocs. Geochemical Transactions 15, 1-9. IF =1.50.

Zhang, Z., Liu, F., Zhang, G., and Zheng, F. (2013). Microscopic hydraulic behavior from the interactions between uneven-sized wet particles and liquid bridge. Chinese Journal of Hydraulics, 44(7), 810-817.

Zhang, Z., Liu, F., and Zhang, G. (2013). A physical hysteresis boundary water retention model for uniform wet particulate material. Chinese Journal of Hydraulics, 44(10), 1165-1174.

Zhang, G.*, Yin, H., and DeGroot, D.J. (2013). Thixotropism of micron-sized saltwater clay flocs. Geotechnique Letters 3, 162-165.

Wang, F.*, Zhang, L., Zhang, G., and Zhang, H. (2013). Mapping and spatial analysis of multiethnic toponyms in Yunnan, China. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 41 (1), 86-99, IF = 0.611

Zhang, M., Guo, H., El-Korchi, T., Zhang, G., and Tao, M.* (2013). Experimental feasibility study of geopolymer as the next-generation soil stabilizer. Construction and Building Materials 47, 1468-1478. IF = 2.293.

Zhang, J., Hu, L., Pant, R., Yu, Y., Wei, Z., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Effects of interlayer interactions on the nanoindentation behavior and hardness of 2:1 phyllosilicates. Applied Clay Science 80-81, 267-280. IF = 2.342.

Zhang, G.*, Yin, H., Lei, Z., Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Effects of exopolymers on particle size distributions of suspended cohesive sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 118 (7), 3473-3489, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20263. IF = 3.174.

He, J., Jie, Y., Zhang, J., Yu, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2013). Synthesis and characterization of red mud and rice husk ash-based geopolymer composites. Cement and Concrete Composites 37, 108-118. IF = 2.523.

Tan, X., Zhang, G.*, Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2013). Flocculation and particle size analysis of expansive clay sediments affected by biological, chemical, and hydrodynamic factors. Ocean Dynamics (available online). IF = 1.761.

Tan, X., Zhang, G.*, Yin, H., Reed, A.H., and Furukawa, Y. (2012). Influence of a neutral exopolymer on the flocculation and settling velocity of cohesive sediments. International Journal of Sediment Research 27 (4), 473-485. IF = 0.718.

He, J., Zhang, J., Yu, Y., and Zhang, G.* (2012). The strength and microstructure of two geopolymers derived from metakaolin and red mud-fly ash admixture: a comparative study. Construction and Building Materials 30, 80-91. IF = 2.293.

Yin, H. and Zhang, G.* (2011). Nanoindentation behavior of muscovite subjected to repeated loading. Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 1 (2), 72-83.

He, J., Zhang, G.*, Hou, S., and Cai, C.S. (2011). Geopolymer-based smart adhesives for infrastructure health monitoring: concept and feasibility. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 23 (2), 100-109. IF = 0.959.

Zhang, G.*, He, J., and Gambrell, R.P. (2010). Synthesis, characterization, and mechanical properties of red mud-based geopolymers. Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2167, 1-9. IF = 0.471.

Chen, H., Zhang, G., Wei, Z., Cooke, K.M., and Luo, J.* (2010). Layer-by-layer assembly of sol-gel oxide “glued” montmorillonite-zirconia multilayers. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 4925-4936. IF = 6.101.

Luo, J.*, Chen, H., and Zhang, G. (2010). Layer-by-layer assembly of {nanoclay-(sol-gel oxide)}n and {nanoclay-(oxide nanoparticle)}n multilayers. World Journal of Engineering, 7 (s2), 526-527.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., Ferrell, R.E., Guggenheim, S., Cygan, R.T., and Luo, J. (2010). Evaluation of the elasticity normal to the basal plane of non-expandable 2:1 phyllosilicate minerals by nanoindentation. American Mineralogist, 95, 863-869. IF = 2.204.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Reply to comment on “elastic modulus and hardness of muscovite and rectorite determined by nanoindentation”. Applied Clay Science, 46, 429-432. IF = 2.342.

Ye, Z.*, Hohamadian, H., Yin, H., Zhang, G., and Pang, S.-S. (2009). Advancing laboratory education in control engineering with practical implementation approaches. WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, 6 (2), 55-65.

Zhang, G.*, Wei, Z., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Elastic modulus and hardness of muscovite and rectorite determined by nanoindentation. Applied Clay Science, 43, 271-281. IF =2.342.

Nugent, R.A., Zhang, G.*, and Gambrell, R.P. (2009). Effect of exopolymers on the liquid limit of clays and its engineering implications. Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2101, 34-43. IF = 0.471.

Wei, Z., Zhang, G.*, Chen, H., Luo, J., Liu, R., and Guo, S. (2009). A simple method for evaluating elastic modulus of thin films by nanoindentation. Journal of Materials Research, 24, 801-815. IF = 1.713.

Chen, H., Zhang, G., Richardson, K., and Luo, J.* (2008). Synthesis of nanostructured nanoclay-zirconia multilayers: a feasibility study. Journal of Nanomaterials 2008, doi:10.1155/2008/749508. IF = 1.547.

Hau, K.W., McDowell, G.R.*, Zhang, G. and Brown, S.F. (2005). The application of a three-surface kinematic hardening model to repeated loading of thinly surfaced pavements. Granular Matter, 7, 145-156. IF = 1.504.

Yu, H.*, Khong, C.D., Wang, J. and Zhang, G. (2005). Experimental evaluation and extension of a simple critical state model for sand. Granular Matter, 7, 213-225. IF = 1.504.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T. and Whittle, A.J. (2005). An evaluation of the mechanical and chemical dispersion methods for a tropical old alluvium. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 28 (2), 123-132. IF = 0.505.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Whittle, A.J. and Ladd, C.C. (2004). Index properties of a highly weathered old alluvium, Géotechnique, 54 (7), 441-451. IF = 1.481.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Whittle, A.J. and Ladd, C.C. (2004). Soil structure of a highly weathered old alluvium. Géotechnique, 54 (7), 453-466. IF = 1.481.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., Martin, R.T., and Whittle, A.J. (2003). A simple sample mounting method for random powder X-ray diffraction. Clays and Clay Minerals, 51 (2), 219-226. IF = 1.114.

Zhang, G.*, Germaine, J.T., and Whittle, A.J. (2003). Effects of Fe-oxides cementation on the deformation characteristics of a highly weathered old alluvium in San Juan, PR. Soils and Foundations, 43 (4), 119-130. IF = 0.413.

Wang, H.*, Zhang, G. and Zhou, K. (1996). Effects of inherent and induced anisotropy on the strength and deformation characteristics of a compacted clay. Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 18 (3), 1-10.

Selected Conference Publications

Pant, R. and Zhang, G. (2012). Elastic and plastic anisotropy of muscovite probed by nanoindentation. 2012 Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, Golden, July 2012.

Zhang, G., Yin, H., Pant, R., and Wei, Z. (2011). Nano-elasticity of clay minerals and its geomechanical implications. ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, June 2-4, Boston.

Cai, C.S., Zhang, G., He, J., and Hou, S. (2010). Smart distributed fiber optic sensors for damage monitoring of steel structures. The 2010 ASCE-Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, August 8-11, Los Angeles, CA.

Land, L., Gambrell, R.P., and Zhang, G. (2009). Experimental design to test the impact of natural polymers on aggregation and microbial activity in three coastal Louisiana sediments. Coastal Restoration and Enhancement Through Science and Technology (CREST) annual meeting.

He, J. and Zhang, G. (2010). Geopolymerization of red mud and its influence on strength development. The 34th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC), Jan., Daytona Beach, FL.

Chen, H., Luo, J., and Zhang, G. (2009). A new class of nanoclay-based inorganic multilayers. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

He, J., Zhang, G., Hou, S., and Cai, C.S. (2009). Geopolymer-based smart adhesives for structural health monitoring: a feasibility study. The 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC), Jan. 18-23, Daytona Beach, FL.

Wei, Z., Zhang, G., and Ferrell, R.E. (2009). Nanoindentation testing of layered silicates. AIPEA Conference, May, Italy.

Wei, Z., Wang, X., Zhang, G., Chen, H., and Luo, J. (2008). Nanoindentation behavior of nanoclay-zirconia multilayers and its implications for synthesis and design. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

Chen, H., Luo, J., Wang, X., and Zhang, G. (2008). Nanoclay-zirconia multilayers: processing optimization and layer-by-layer deposition mechanisms. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Oct., Pittsburg, PA.

Wei, Z. and Zhang, G. (2008). Nanoindentation behavior nanostructured layered minerals. The 1st American Academy of Mechanics Conference, April, New Orleans.

Liu, R., Wei, Z., Guo, S., and Zhang, G. (2008). Splat Formation and Hardness Study of Atmospheric Plasma Sprayed Alumina. The 1st American Academy of Mechanics Conference, April, New Orleans.

Culligan, J. P. and Zhang, G. (1998). Geotechnical Centrifuge Modeling of Horizontal Hydraulic Flushing for LNAPLs Contaminated Sands. Final report submitted to NSF.

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