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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

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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Faculty

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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Faculty

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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Faculty

Nov 15, 2019

Rogers Corporation Grant to Explore Hybrid Solid State Electrolyte

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu awarded $180K from the Rogers Corporation for “Advanced Electrolytes to Enable High Energy High Power Li-ion Batteries”.

Faculty

Jul 18, 2019

NSF Award to Improve Domestic Energy Security with 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.

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