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Hongli (Julie) Zhu

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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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.

About

Dr. Hongli (Julie) Zhu is currently an assistant professor at Northeastern University. From 2012 to 2015, she was a research associate at the University of Maryland, focusing on the research of nanomaterials and nanostructures, roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing, energy storage and conversion, and printed electronics. Dr. Hongli Zhu received her Ph.D. in Wood and Paper Science from the South China University of Technology-Western Michigan University Alliance in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Hongli Zhu conducted research on materials science and processing of biodegradable and renewable biomaterials in the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She has 10 years experiences in high speed roll to roll paper manufacturing, including various roll to roll coating and printing.

Education

  • Research Associate, University of Maryland, 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 2009-2011
  • PhD, South China University of Technology, 2004-2009
  • Exchange PhD student, Western Michigan University, 2007-2008

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.

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

Faculty

Jul 18, 2019

Zhu and Gallaway Awarded NSF Grant to Improve Solid-State Batteries

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu and ChE Assistant Professor Joshua Gallaway were awarded a $480K NSF grant for “Engineering the Metal Sulfide Interface in All Solid-State Batteries through Operando Study”.

Faculty

Jul 01, 2019

Precision Alignment of Roll-to-Roll Printing of Flexible Paper Electronics

MIE Assistant Professors Xiaoning “Sarah” Jin and Hongli Zhu were awarded a $544K NSF grant for “Manufacturing USA: Precision Alignment of Roll-to-Roll Printing of Flexible Paper Electronics Through Modeling and Virtual Sensor-based Control”.

Faculty

Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.

Faculty

Jun 08, 2018

Ultrastable 2D Metallic and Ion Transport Nanotube Highlighted as Cover Paper in Advanced Energy Materials

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu’s research on “Lithium‐Ion Batteries: Ion Transport Nanotube Assembled with Vertically Aligned Metallic MoS2 for High Rate Lithium‐Ion Batteries” was featured on the inside back cover of Advanced Energy Materials.

Faculty

Oct 25, 2017

Zhu on Cover of Advanced Functional Materials

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu’s research on “Batteries: Freestanding Metallic 1T MoS2 with Dual Ion Diffusion Paths as High Rate Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries” was featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials.

Faculty

Oct 05, 2017

Zhu's Research Featured on Inside Cover of Nanoscale

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu’s research on “Ultralight, highly thermally insulating and fire resistant aerogel by encapsulating cellulose nanofibers with two-dimensional MoS2” was featured on the inside cover of the Nanoscale journal.

Jun 28, 2017

Young Scholar Program Provides Experience-Based Learning for Future Scientists and Engineers

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.

Jul 28, 2016

Prof. Zhu’s paper published in Chemical Reviews (Impact factor 37.3)

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu's research on Wood-Derived Materials for Green Electronics, Biological Devices, and Energy Applications was published in the Chemical Reviews journal. This comprehensive review of wood-derived biomaterials covers three highly topical application: biological devices, paper electronics, and clean energy. The relationship between material structure, properties and applications were well discussed.

Mar 22, 2016

FY17 TIER 1 Award Recipients

23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.

Dec 03, 2015

Hongli Zhu Gives Invited Talk at MRS Conference

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu gave an invited talk at the Annual Materials Research Society (MRS) Conference in Boston on Flexible Electronics based on Multiscale Natural Fibers.

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