Hongli (Julie) Zhu

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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  • 243 SN
  • 617.373.2735

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  • 307 Mugar Life Science

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Research Focus

Advanced manufacturing; Multifunctional bio-inspired material from nature; Sustainable energy storage; Nano/micro fabrication of devices and materials; Bendable, implantable and biocompatible electronics; Application of sustainable biomaterial, like the cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin, in life science. Zhu Lab’s research interests include sustainable energy storage, multifunctional materials, and advanced manufacturing. In focusing on sustainable energy storage, biodegradable materials, and manufacturing, Zhu Lab’s objective is to better address the needs of society by linking nature with people through technology. Their work has made strides in identifying sustainable natural materials to develop multifunctional materials and advanced devices for future technologies to reduce our dependence on petroleum.

About

Dr. Hongli (Julie) Zhu is currently an assistant professor at Northeastern University. Her group focuses on the research of electrochemical energy storage, biomass-derived multifunctional materials, and emerging advanced manufacturing technologies. From 2012-2015, She works in the University of Maryland as postdoc, focusing on the research of flexible nanopaper electronics and energy storage. From 2009 to 2011, She conducted research on materials science and processing of biodegradable and renewable biomaterials from natural wood in the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Her expertise is on the research of environmentally friendly natural materials and energy storage, design, and application of novel transparent nanostructured paper for flexible electronics, and R2R manufacturing. In energy storage, her group in Northeastern University works intensively on all-solid-state batteries, flow batteries, and alkali metal ion batteries, such as Li+, Na+, K+ batteries.

Education

  • Research Associate, University of Maryland, 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 2009-2011
  • PhD, South China University of Technology and Western Michigan University, 2004-2009

Research Overview

Advanced manufacturing; Multifunctional bio-inspired material from nature; Sustainable energy storage; Nano/micro fabrication of devices and materials; Bendable, implantable and biocompatible electronics; Application of sustainable biomaterial, like the cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin, in life science. Zhu Lab’s research interests include sustainable energy storage, multifunctional materials, and advanced manufacturing. In focusing on sustainable energy storage, biodegradable materials, and manufacturing, Zhu Lab’s objective is to better address the needs of society by linking nature with people through technology. Their work has made strides in identifying sustainable natural materials to develop multifunctional materials and advanced devices for future technologies to reduce our dependence on petroleum.

Selected Publications

  • H.A. M., J. Yucong,  S. Jianjian, M. Yi,  C. Daxian, L. Yuanyue, Z. Hongli, Stable Metal Anode enabled by Porous Lithium Foam with Superior Ion Accessibility. Advanced Materials, 2018, 1802156
  • Y. Jiao,  A. Mukhopadhyay, Y. Ma, L. Yang, A.M. Hafez, H. Zhu, Ion Transport Nanotube Assembled with Vertically Aligned Metallic MoS2 for High Rate Lithium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 1702779-1702787
  • X. Geng, Y. Jiao, Y. Han,  A. Mukhopadhyay, L. Yang, H. Zhu, Freestanding Metallic 1T MoS2 with Dual Ion Diffusion Paths as High Rate Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries. Advanced Functional Materials, 27(40), 2017, 1702998-1703007
  • X. Geng, Y. Zhang, Y. Han, J. Li, L. Yang, M. Benamara, H. Zhu, Two-Dimensional Water-Coupled Metallic MoS2 with Nanochannels for Ultrafast Supercapacitor, Nano Letter, 17(3), 1825-1832, 2017
  • H. Zhu, P. Ciesielski, M. Himmel, J. Zhu, G. Henriksson, L. Hu, Wood-Derived Materials for Green Electronics, Sustainable Energy, and Biological Applications, Chemical Reviews, 2016
  • X. Geng, W. Sun, W. Wu, B. Chen, A. Al-Hilo, M. Benamara, H. Zhu, F. Watanabe, J. Cui, T. Chen, Pure and Stable Metallic Phase Molybdenum Disulfide Nanosheets for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, Nature Communications, 7, 2016
  • H. Zhu, S. Zhu, Z. Jia, S. Parvinian, Y. Li, T. Li, L. Hu, Anomalous Scaling Law of Strength and Toughness of Cellulose Nanopaper, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112(29), 2015, 8971-8976
  • C. Sun, H. Zhu, M. Okada, K. Gaskell, Y. Inoue, L. Hu, Y. Wang, Interfacial Oxygen Stabilizes Composite Silicon Anodes, Nano Letters, 15(1), 2015, 703-708
Zhu Lab Publications

Spotlight Story

Apr 12, 2021

Working Toward a World with Clean Energy

After completing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Iowa, Pengyang Xiang, who is an MS in Energy Systems student graduating in 2021, felt limited by the programs offered by most universities on the graduate level in his area of interest. He wanted to specialize in the energy field with a master’s […]

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Feb 19, 2021

Creating Fire Retardant Insulation from Sustainable Resources

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli “Julie” Zhu was awarded a patent for “Fire-retardant nanocellulose aerogels, and methods of preparation and uses thereof”.

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In the Media

Dec 23, 2020

Better Disposable Coffee Cups

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Julie Zhu was featured in the Economist article “Better Disposable Coffee Cups” for her research in replacing plastics with biodegradable products

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Dec 16, 2020

A Better Alternative to One-Time Use Plastics

To reduce the need for one-time use plastics, MIE Assistant Professor Hongli “Julie” Zhu is using sugarcane and bamboo fibers to create biodegradable food containers.

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Nov 10, 2020

Creating Energy Storage at Large Scales

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu was awarded a patent for “Lignin-based electrolytes and flow battery cells and systems”.

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Feb 19, 2020

Improving the Efficiency of Vanadium Flow Batteries Using Cellulose

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu is using cellulose from wood to store renewable energy in batteries.

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Feb 13, 2020

Zhu Awarded $1M DOE Grant to Work on Printing Batteries

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli (Julie) Zhu was awarded a $1M grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to work on Enabling Advanced Electrode Architecture through Printing Technique.

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In the Media

Nov 15, 2019

Zhu Featured on Cover of Advanced Materials

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu lab’s research on “Solid‐State Batteries: Sulfide‐Based Solid‐State Electrolytes: Synthesis, Stability, and Potential for All‐Solid‐State Batteries” is featured on the inside front cover of Advanced Materials.

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Faculty

Nov 15, 2019

Zhu Featured on Cover of Advanced Functional Materials

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu lab’s research on “Aqueous Flow Batteries: Mass Transfer and Reaction Kinetic Enhanced Electrode for High‐Performance Aqueous Flow Batteries” featured on the inside front cover of Advanced Functional Materials.

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Nov 15, 2019

Zhu Awarded NSF EAGER Grant in Collaboration with Penn State University

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu awarded an NSF Eager grant to work on “fully water-soluble bioelectronics with skin-conforming galactomannan” in collaboration with Penn State University.

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