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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Weihong (Katie) Zhong

Weihong Zhong

Westinghouse Distinguished Professor


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994
  • MS, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Materials Sci & Eng, 1991
  • BS, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Materials Sci & Eng, 1988

Research Interests

  • Polymers and composite manufacturing technology
  • Battery materials and renewable energy materials
  • Nanocomposites and multifunctional materials
  • Biomaterials and environmental polymeric materials

Research Areas

Polymers & Composites

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • M. Zhu, J.X. Wu, W. H. Zhong, J.L. Lan, G. Sui and X.P. Yang, A Bio-based Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte with Functions of Lithium Dendrites Suppressing and Manganese Ions Trapping, Advanced Energy Materials, accepted, Nov. 2017
  • H. Souzandeh, B. Molki, M. Zheng, H. Beyenal, L. Scudiero, and W. H. Zhong, Cross-Linked Protein Nanofilter with Antibacterial Properties for Multifunctional Air Filtration, ACS Applied Materials and Surfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b05796, 9: 22846−22855, 2017.
  • Y. Wang, A. Gozen and L. Chen and W.H. Zhong, Gum-like Nanocomposites as Conformable, Conductive and Adhesive Electrode Matrix for Energy Storage Devices, Advanced Energy Materials, doi:10.1002/aenm.201601767, 7: 1601767, 2017 .
  • X. W. Fu, J. Yead, Y. Wang, J. Liu and W.H. Zhong, Decoupled Ion Transport in a Protein-Based Solid Ion Conductor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02071, 7, 4304–4310, 2016 (listed in “Hotspots”).
  • Y. Wang, L. Chen, L. Scudiero and W. H. Zhong, The Beauty of Frost: Nano-Sulfur Assembly via Low Pressure Vapor Deposition, Chemical Communications, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06524K, 51, 15967 – 15970, 2015. (Listed as the 1st in the Top 20 Articles of the journal, in 2015)
  • Y. Wang, W. H. Zhong, T. Schiff, A. Eyler and B. Li, A Particle-controlled High Performance Gum-like Electrolyte for Safe and Flexible Energy Storage Devices, Advanced Energy Materials, 5: 1400463, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201400463, 2014.
  • Y. Wang, W.H. Zhong, J. Y. Ji and A. Eyler, Blossoming of Nanosheet Structures via a Disturbed Self-assembly, Nano Letters, 14, 3474-3480, 2014.
  • Y. Wang, B. Li, J.Y. Ji, A. Eyler and W.H. Zhong, A Gum-like Electrolyte: Safety of a Solid, Performance of a Liquid, Advanced Energy Materials, 3:1557-1562, 2013.

Intellectual Property

  • US Patent US2014012727: Y. Wang, W. H. Zhong, and B. Li, “Gum-like Electrolytes with Thermal-protection Capability”, May 24, 2014.
  • US Patent US 8,722,254 B2: W.H. Zhong, J. Y. Ji and B. Li, “Flexible Solid-State Conductors Including Polymer Mixed with Protein”, May 13, 2014.