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Yu Zhao Professor

Zhao, Yu


Yu Zhao earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008, after graduating from the same university in Chemistry. He did his postdoctoral research between 2008 and 2015 in City University of Hong Kong, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST) and RIKEN, Japan, and UT Austin before joining Soochow University in 2015.

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of energy storage/conversion materials/technologies, which are vital to provide affordable and reliable electricity in applications ranging from portable consumer electronics to transportation vehicles. We are particularly interested in the innovation of electrochemical energy storage device, and investigation of the electrochemical processes with emphasis on bridging the technology and performance gaps in these devices. 

The present research carried out in our group includes two major objectives:

(1) Energy storage devices/systems based on new chemistry and novel structural design with addresses on the performance and low-carbon, scalable strategy. Advancement in clean-energy, which promotes renewable, safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy technologies, is one of the most significant scientific and engineering duties to cut pollution and global warming. Development of innovative materials which are compatible with large-scale processing for energy storage devices/systems will continue to advancing, and one can expect prospective contributions from researchers of diverse areas. Several critical challenges are of particularly addressed here including: i) rational design and synthesis of new materials with precisely controlled structure/morphology for device/system integration; ii) determining the fundamental limits of device/system performance.

(2) Fundamental studies of charge/mass transfer and reaction kinetics within the energy storage devices/systems. Revolutionary breakthroughs in energy storage required for tomorrow’s energy storage needs will not be realized with incremental improvements in existing technologies. Rather, they will be realized only with fundamental research to understand the underlying processes involved in the energy storage, which will in turn enable the development of novel energy storage concepts that incorporate revolutionary new materials and chemical processes. Recent advances have provided the ability to synthesize novel nanoscale materials with architectures tailored for specific performance; to characterize materials and dynamic chemical processes at the atomic and molecular level; and to simulate and predict structural and functional relationships using modern computational tools. Together, these new capabilities provide unprecedented potential for addressing technology and performance gaps in energy storage devices/systems.

Recruit Students

Postdoc & Research Assistant - We are currently seeking for experienced postdoctoral researchers and research assistants. We offer the very competitive beneficial packages.

Prospective Graduate Students - We encourage highly motivated undergraduate students with background in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science to join out group. Other undergraduate students with different research background are also welcome.

Undergraduate Students - We welcome motivated undergraduate students to join our group. We also encourage undergraduate students to publish their research results.

Perspective candidates please send your CV to yuzhao@suda.edu.cn for further consideration.

Selected Publications

1Yu Zhao, Yu Ding, Yutao Li, Lele Peng, Hye Ryung Byon, John B. Goodenough, Guihua Yu, A chemistry and material perspective on lithium redox flow batteries towards high-density electrical energy storage, Chem. Soc. Rev. DOI: 10.1039/c5cs00289c (Featured as Front Cover).

2Yu Zhao, Lina Wang, Hye Ryung Byon, High-performance rechargeable lithium-iodine batteries using triiodide/iodide redox couples in an aqueous cathode, Nat. Commun. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2907.

3Yu Zhao, Yu Ding, Jie Song, Gang Li, Guangbin Dong, John B. Goodenough, Guihua Yu, Sustainable electrical energy storage via ferrocene/ferrocenium redox reaction in aprotic electrolyte, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201406135 (Featured as VIP).

4Yu Ding, Yu Zhao, and Guihua Yu, A ferrocene-based liquid capacitive cell with high power density, Nano Lett. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01224.

5Yu Zhao, Lele Peng, Borui Liu, Guihua Yu, Single-crystalline LiFePO4 nanosheets for high-rate Li-ion batteries, Nano Lett. DOI: 10.1021/nl5008568.

6Yu Zhao, Misun Hong, Nadège Bonnet Mercier, Guihua Yu, Hee Cheul Choi, Hye Ryung Byon, A 3.5 V aqueous lithium-iodine battery with a vertically aligned 3D carbon nanotube current collector, Nano Lett. DOI: 10.1021/nl404784d.

7.  Yu Zhao, Xue-Jin Zhang, Jing Ye, Li-Miao Chen, Shu-Ping Lau, Wen-Jun Zhang, Shuit-Tong Lee, Metallo-dielectric photonic crystals for surface-enhanced Raman scattering, ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/nn2001068.

8Yu Zhao, Yu Ding, Jie Song, Lele Peng, John B. Goodenough, Guihua Yu Reversible Br2/Br redox couple in aqueous phase as high-performance catholyte for alkali-ion batteries, Energy. Environ. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/c4ee00407h.

9Yu Zhao, Borui Liu, Lijia Pan, Guihua Yu, 3D nanostructured conductive polymer hydrogels for high-performance electrochemical devices, Energy. Environ. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/c3ee40997j.

10Yu Zhao, Hye Ryung Byon, High-performance lithium-iodine flow battery, Adv. Energy Mater. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201300627 (Featured as Front Cover).

11Yu Zhao, Lele Peng, Yu Ding, Guihua Yu, Amorphous silicon honeycombs as binder/carbon-free thin-film Li-ion battery anode, Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc05303f.

12Lele Peng, Yu Zhao, Yu Ding, Guihua Yu, Self-assembled LiFePO4 nanowires with superior rate capability for Li-ion batteries, Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc04036h.

13Yu Zhao, Xizheng Liu, Huiqiao Li, Tianyou Zhai, Haoshen Zhou, Hierarchical micro/nano porous silicon Li-ion battery anode, Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc31476b (Featured as Back Cover).

14Yu Zhao, Lele Peng, Guihua Yu, “Chapter7, Electrochemical Hierarchical Composites” in “Hybrid and Hierarchical Composite Materials” Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland.

15Hye Ryung Byon, Yu Zhao, Novel cathode for use in battery and battery; Publication No.: WO/2014/141726; International Filing Date: 17.03.2014.