• 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

  • Ying have been awarded the 2021 Yamamura Research Award! Congratulations, Ying!
  • Congratulate Xiao got the COE teaching award! Happy for you, Xiao!
  • Our work ‘Compressible Ionized Natural 3D Interconnected Loofah Membrane for Salinity Gradient Power Generation’ is highlighted in “Women in Materials Science” Issue published on Advanced Materials. Check more: Advanced Materials: Women in Materials Science .
  • Dr. Zhu is selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide. Check More
  • Congratulate Alyssa and Xiao's poster entitled 'Operando EDXRD Study of All-solid-state Lithium Batteries' got best poster award in 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit!
  • 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.
  • Congratulate Xiao, Alyssa and Tim's work entitled 'Operando EDXRD Study of All-solid-state Lithium Batteries Coupling Thioantimonate Superionic Conductors with Metal Sulfide' is accepted in Advanced Energy Materials. Good job, Xiao, Alyssa, and Tim!
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