Photo of Tianyu Zhang

Office: Wilson Hall 2-229
Specialty: Mathematical modeling

  • Ph.D. (2006) University of Minnesota
  • M.S. (2000) Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • B.S. (1998) Peking University, China

Dr. Zhang is a mathematician with special expertise in mathematical modeling and scientific computation.  He began working on biofilm modeling problems even before joining the faculty in Mathematical Sciences in the fall of 2008.  Tianyu has been working with CBE collaborators to develop multiphase models of biomineralization phenomena – the process of mineral deposition facilitated microbial activity in a biofilm.

Selected Publications

  • T. Zhang, N. Cogan, and Q. Wang, “Phase-Field Models for Biofilms. II. 2-D Numerical Simulations of Biofilm-Flow Interaction”, Communications in Computational Physics, 4 (2008), pp. 72-101.
  • T. Zhang, N. Cogan, and Q. Wang, “Phase-Field Models for Biofilms. I.
    Theory and 1-D Simulations“, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 69(3), pp. 641-669, 2008.
  • T. Zhang and Q. Wang, “Cahn-Hilliard vs Singular Cahn-Hilliard Equations in Phase Field Modeling”, Communications in Computational Physics, Vol. 7, No.  
    2, 2010, pp. 362-382.

Additional biofilm related publications searchable by author via the CBE Publications Database

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