Prof. Dr. Zhen FANG is leader and founder of biomass group, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden. He is also an adjunct full Professor of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China. He is the inventor of “fast hydrolysis” process (US patent#: 8268126). His speciality is in thermal/biochemical conversion of biomass, nanocatalyst synthesis and their applications, and pretreatment methods of biomass for biorefineries. He obtained his PhD degrees from China Agricultural University (Ph.D. Biological & Agricultural Engineering, 1991, Beijing) and McGill University (Ph.D. Materials Engineering, 2003, Montreal).