Professor

Phone: +86-27-87558476

Email: wennar@mail.hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Energy Materials

Research Interests: Energy Materials

Dr. ZHU is an experienced expert scientist in materials and energy electrochemistry. His research widely covers ultra-thin films coatings for energy saving and environmental protection applications, photocatalytic hydrogen production by water splitting using solar energy, Li battery stack for energy storage, and so on. His research skills include various techniques for energy materials preparation, characterization and their applications. He is the principal investigator for several prestigious Chinese government research programs, including three “National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)” and five national and provincial ministry research projects. Dr. ZHU holds over 10 authorized invention patents and has published over 80 refereed journal papers. Dr. ZHU is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Nano Society (ANS). He is a peer reviewer for many famous academic journals related to materials, chemistry, nanotechnology and other research fields. He holds the certificate of appreciation awarded by “ACS Publications”, and also is the winner of many professional awards, including the “Marie-Curie” Fellowship, “Huazhong” Fellowship, and “Berkeley, UC” visiting scholarship. He is the director of Teaching and Research Office of School of Materials Science and Engineering, HUST (2011-present). He has been lecturing six courses related to materials science and materials chemistry to graduate and undergraduate students. He has won the teaching competition award (2010), the teaching quality award (2011), and is responsible for a teaching reform project and an excellent course construction program.

Professional Experience

Ÿ 2014-Present. “Marie-Curie” Fellowship, University of Nottingham, UK.

Ÿ 2013-2014. Visiting scholar, Berkeley, University of California, USA.

Ÿ 2013-Present. Professor, Department of Materials Sci. & Tech., HUST, CHINA.

Ÿ 2008-2013. Associate Professor, Department of Materials Sci. & Tech., HUST, CHINA..

Ÿ 2007-2008. Instructor, Department of Materials Sci. & Tech., HUST, CHINA..

Ÿ 2006-2007. Postdoctoral Research, Department of Electronic Sci. & Tech., HUST, CHINA..

Ÿ 2000-2005. PhD/M.S. in Material, Department of Materials Sci. & Tech., HUST, CHINA..

Ÿ 1994-2000. Equipment Repair Engineer, Dongfeng Automobile Co. Ltd., CHINA..

Ÿ 1990-1994. B.S. in Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Sci & Eng., YanShan University.

Selected Publications

1.         X.B.Yang, W. Zhu, K. Qin, H.Y. Wang. Preparation of lamellar carbon matrix for sulfur as cathode material oflithium-sulfur batteries, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 143: 374-382.

2.         W. Zhu, J.W. Li, B.H. Chong, X.B. Yang. Preparation and functional assessment of a multifunctional composite artificial kidney microchip. Chin Sci Bull, 2014, 59: 1723-1731.

3.         W. Zhu, C. Tan, J.B. Xu, Z.X. Li. Effect of Ni Substitution for Co on the Electrochemical Properties of La0.75Mg0.25Ni2.7+xCo0.4-xMn0.1Al0.3 (x = 0–0.4) Hydrogen Storage Alloys Synthesized by Chemical Co-precipitation plus Reduction Method, J Electrochem Soc., 2014, 161: A89-A96.

4.         H.Y. Wang, W. Zhu, B.H. Chong, K. Qin. Improvement of photocatalytic hydrogen generation from CdSe/CdS/TiO2 nanotube-array coaxial heterogeneous structure, Int J Hydrogen Energy. 2014, 39: 90-99.

5.         W. Zhu, J.W. Li, J.F. Liu. The cell engineering construction and function evaluation of multi-layer biochip dialyzer, Biomed Microdevices, 2013,15: 781-791

6.         W. Zhu, J.W. Li, J.F. Liu, C. Tan, B.H. Chong, X.B. Yang. Effect of novel TiO2 nanotube dialysis and traditional dialysis films on Cells growth state and their comparison, Sci. Technol. Rev., 2013,31(18): 15-21

7.         W. Zhu, D.L. Tong, J.B. Xu, Y. Liu, J. Ma. Multifunctional composite multilayer coatings on glass with self-cleaning, hydrophilicity and heat-insulating properties, Thin Solid Films, 2012, 526: 201-211

8.         W. Zhu, X. Liu, H.Q. Liu, D.L. Tong, J.Y. Yang, J.Y. Peng. The coaxial heterogeneous structure of TiO2 nanotube array with CdS as super thin coating via the route of Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132: 12619-12626.

9.         W. Zhu, X. Liu, H.Q. Liu, D.L. Tong, J.Y. Yang, J.Y. Peng. Au efficient approach to control the morphology and the adhesion properties of anodized TiO2 nanotube arrays for improved photoconversion efficency. Electrochimica Acta, 2011, 56: 2618-2626.

10.      W. Zhu, X. Liu, H.Q. Liu, D.L. Tong, J.Y. Yang, J.Y. Peng. Control of Surface Morphology of Highly Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays by Anodization and Investigation of Its Photoelectrochemical Properties. Rare Metal Materials and Engineering, 2011, 40, 1069-1074.

11.      H.Q. Liu, W. Zhu, J.F. Liu, X. Liu, D.L. Tong. Effect of Surface Characteristics of TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Porcine Renal Tubular Epithelial Cell Growth. SCI CHINA SER C, 2011, 41(3): 249-257.

12.      J. Ma, W. Zhu, Y. Liu. The effect of deposition charge amounts on formation and photoelectric activity of CdTe/TiO2 nanotube array coaxial heterojunctions. Highlights of Sciencepaper Online, 2013, 6(9): 839-847

13.      Y. Liu, W. Zhu, J. Ma.       Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Properties of CdSe/TiO2 Nanotubes Array Coaxial Heterojunction. Software, 2013, 34(1): 50-55

14.      C. Tan, W. Zhu, Y. Liu, M. Jian. Progress in Lithium Power Ion Battery Cathode Materials. Materials Review, 2011,25(18): 291-296

15.      X. Liu, W. Zhu, H.Q. Liu, D.L. Tong, J.W. Li.    The diffusion characteristics of TiO2 nanotubes bio-membranes. Journal of Functional Materials, 2011,10(42):1750-1753

16.      H.Q. Liu, W. Zhu, J.F. Liu, X. Liu, D.L. Tong.    Comparison of Kidney tubular epithelial cells and endothelial cells grown on titania nanotubes, Chin J Nephrol, 2011,27(7):525-529

17.      J.W. Li, W. Zhu, J.F. Liu, H.Q. Liu. The hemocompatibility and the reabsorption function of TiO2 nanotubes biomembranes, Chin Sci Bull, 2012, 57: 2022-2028

18.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. Electrochemical Aspects and Structure Characterization of VA-VIA Compound Semiconductor Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 Superlattice Thin Films via Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy, Langmuir, 2008, 24: 5919-5924.

19.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. Development of Growth Cycle for Antimony Telluride Film on Au(111) Disk Substrate by Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy, Electrochimica Acta, 2008, 53: 3579-3586.

20.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. Electrochemical Atom-by-Atom Growth of Highly Uniform Thin Sheets of Thermoelectric Bismuth Telluride via the Route of ECALE, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2008, 614: 41-48.

21.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. Effects of Concentration and Scan Rate on Te Underpotential Deposition on Au Substrate. Chinese Journal of Applied Chemisiry, 2008, 25: 633-636.

22.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou. Electrochemical Characterization of the underpotential deposition of tellurium on Au electrode,Electrochimica Acta, 2007, 52: 3660-3666.

23.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Preparation of bismuth telluride thin film by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy, Frontiers of Chemistry in China, 2007, 2: 102-106.

24.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. Electrochemical behavior of irreversibly adsorbed Te monolayer on Au substrate and the mechanism of Te underpotential deposition, Acta Chimica Sinica, 2007, 65(20): 2273-2278.

25.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, D.X. Zhou, C.J. Xiao. The Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Underpotential Deposition of Bi-Te Compound Thermoelectric Material, Chem. J. Chinese Universities, 2007, 28(4): 719-722.

26.      J.Y. Yang, W. Zhu, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Electrochemical aspects of depositing Sb2Te3 compound on Au substrate by ECALE. Electrochimica Acta, 2007, 52: 3035-3039.

27.      J.Y. Yang, W. Zhu, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Electrochemical formation of Sb2Te3 thin films on Pt by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2006, 110: 4599-4604.

28.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Effect of potential on Bi2Te3 thin film growth by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy. Electrochimica Acta, 2005, 50(20): 4041-4047.

29.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. The underpotential deposition of bismuth and tellurium on cold rolled silver substrate by ECALE. Electrochimica Acta, 2005, 50(27): 5465-5472.

30.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Optimization of the formation of bismuth telluride thin film by using ECALE. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2005, 585: 83-88.

31.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Growth of bismuth telluride thin film on Pt by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China, 2005, 15(2): 405-409.

32.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Preparation of bismuth telluride thin film by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy, Chinese Journal of Applied Chemisiry, 2005, 22: 1167-1171.

33.      J.Y. Yang, W. Zhu, X.H. Gao, J. Hou. Electrochemical aspects of the formation of Bi2Te3 thin film via the route of ECALE. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2005, 577: 117-123.

34.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, K. Cui, T.J. Zhang. Application Perspective in Power Generation and Cooling and Research Status of Thermoelectric materials, Materials Science & Engineering, 2002, 20(4): 585-588.

35.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, K. Cui, T.J. Zhang. Progress in research on millimicron superlattices thermoelectric materials, Materials Review, 2002, 16(12): 16-18.

36.      W. Zhu, J.Y. Yang, K. Cui, T.J. Zhang. New Development of Thermoelectric Materials, Metallic Functional Materials,2002, 9(4): 20-23.

Awards and Honors

  • Over 80 peer-reviewed original publications. Original contributions and valuable results cited over 720 times in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Principal investigator of “National Natural Science Foundation of China”, “Special Fund for Strategic Emerging Industry Development of Shenzhen-SSTIC”, “Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education”, “Innovation Research Fund of National Defence”, “Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities”, “Independent Research Fund of State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mould Technology”, “Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China”.
  • Ten authorized inventive patents (Number: ZL201210007979.6; ZL201110262429.4; ZL200910063083.8; ZL201010111203.X; ZL201010594602.6; ZL200710053669.7; ZL200710051933.3; ZL200720084694.7; ZL200610019082.X; ZL200510018806.4) and Three patents pending (Application Number: 201310403887.4; 201310273068.2; 201210055847.0)

Courses Taught

· Current Research Direction: Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production by Water Splitting using Solar Energy. Li Battery Pile for Energy Storage. Thin Film Solar Cell Materials for Energy Conversion. Ultra-thin films coatings for energy saving and environmental protection applications.

· Teaching Subjects: Main teaching subjects, such as “Fundamentals of Materials Science”, “Engineering Materials”, “Surface Engineering”, “Metallography and Heat Treatment”, “Electrochemical methodology” and etc for graduate and undergraduate students.

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