• About Us

    Sustainable energy storage, biodegradable materials, and advanced manufacturing play important roles in our society. Meeting the needs of society and linking Nature with people through technologies, our research interests include sustainable energy storage, multifunctional materials, and advanced manufacturing. Using sustainable natural materials to develop multifunctional materials and advanced devices for future technologies may reduce our dependence on petroleum and build a more sustainable society. Based on our research interests and expertise in manufacturing, bioresources, energy storage, and flexible device, our goal is to make energy storage safer, cheaper, and have higher performance, and to explore multifunctional materials from Nature. Meanwhile, we are interested in applying the highspeed roll-to-roll manufacturing to the emerging advanced materials and devices. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing scales from the nanoscopic to macroscopic and system level.

    News and Events

  • We are pleased to offer our congratulations to Tongtai for the successful publication of his first research paper, entitled “High Ion Conductive and Selective Membrane Achieved through Dual Ion Conducting Mechanisms”, in Small.
  • We are delighted to announce that Ying's review regarding “Sustainable Bioplastics Derived from Renewable Natural Resources for Food Package” has been accepted in Matter.
  • Dr. Zhu serves as editor of the leading materials review journal "Progress in Materials Science" (impact factor: 48.16) and Advisory Board of "Chemical Society Reviews" (impact factor: 60.61). Progress in Materials Science publishes authoritative and critical reviews of recent advances in the science of materials and their exploitation in engineering and other applications. Check more: Latest issue
  • Ying have been awarded the 2021 Yamamura Research Award! Congratulations, Ying!
  • Dr. Zhu is selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide. Check More
  • Congratulations on Avi's acceptance to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Happy for you, Avi!
  • Our US Patent "Fire-retardant Nanocellulose Aerogel, and Methods of Preparation and Uses Thereof" is issued (U.S. Patent No. 10,919,262).
  • Our work ‘3D Printed High-Performance Lithium Metal Microbatteries Enabled by Nanocellulose’ is highlighted in “Women in Materials Science” Issue published on Advanced Materials. Check more: Advanced Materials: Women in Materials Science .
  • Our work entitled ‘Biodegradable, Hygienic, and Compostable Tableware from Hybrid Sugarcane and Bamboo Fibers as Plastic Alternative’ is featured in multimedia. The goal of this work is to tackle the plastic pollution problem. Check more: Science Daily, The Economist, The Eurekalert AAAS.
  • Dr. Zhu is featured on ACS Energy Letters: Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research.
  • Our US Patent "Lignin-based electrolytes and flow battery cells and systems" was awarded (U.S. Patent No. 10,818,952.). We are looking to Nature for green storage! Power with Nature!
  • Our research article on biodegradable, hygienic, and compostable tableware from hybrid sugarcane and bamboo fibers as plastic alternative was accepted in Cell Press journal Matter. Congrats to Chao!
  • Congratulate Tim and Yuyue's work entitled 'Processing Strategies to Improve Cell Level Energy Density of Metal Sulfide Electrolyte Based All-solid-state Li Metal Batteries and Beyond' is accepted in ACS Energy Letters. Good job, Tim and Yuyue.
  • Congratulate Alolika on getting position as research scientist on Nissan Research Center for the research on batteries.
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