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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Weihong (Katie) Zhong

Weihong Zhong



Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 1994
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 1991
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 1988

Professional Preparation

  • Honored Fulbright Scholar, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 12/2019 – 03/2020
  • Westinghouse Distinguished Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University, 08/2012 – 01/2020

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

  • X. Fu, R. Odstrcil, M. Qiu, J. Liu and W.H. Zhong, Natural “Relief” for Lithium Dendrites: Tailoring Protein Configurations for Long-life Lithium Metal Anodes, Energy Storage Materials, DOI:, 42: 22-33, 2021.
  • C. Ding, Y. Liu, P. Xie, J. Lan, Y. Yu, X. Fu, X. Yang and W.H. Zhong, A Novel Carbon Aerogel Enabling Respiratory Monitoring for Bio-Facial Mask, J. of Materials Chemistry A, DOI: 10.1039/D1TA00794G, 9: 13143 – 13150, 2021.
  • M. Chen, X. Fu, Z. Chen, J. Liu and W.H. Zhong, Protein-engineered Functional Materials for Bioelectronics, Advanced Functional Materials,, 2006744, 2020.
  • M. Chen, Z. Chen, X. Fu and W.H. Zhong, A Janus Protein-based Nanofabric for Trapping Polysulfides and Stabilizing Lithium Metal in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, J. of Mater Chem. A, 8, 7377-7389, DOI: 10.1039/d0ta01989e, 2020.
  • M. Chen, C. Li, X. Fu, W. Wei, X. Fan, A. Hattori, Z. Chen, J. Liu and W.H. Zhong, Let It Catch: A Short-Branched Protein for Efficiently Capturing Polysulfides in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 10 (9): 1903642,, 2020.
  • C. Ding, L. Huang, X. Yan, F. Dunne, S. Hong, J. Lan, Y. Yu, W.H. Zhong, X. Yang, Robust, Super-elastic Hard Carbon with In-situ Ultrafine Crystals, Advanced Functional Materials, 30(3): 1907486, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201907486, 2019.
  • X. Fu and W.H. Zhong, Biomaterials for High-Energy Lithium-Based Batteries: Strategies, Challenges and Perspectives, Advanced Energy Materials, 9 (10): 1901774, DOI: /aenm.201901774. 2019.
  • C. Ding, X. Fu, H. Li, J. Yang, J. Lan, Y. Yun, W.H. Zhong, X. P. Yang, An Ultra-Robust Composite Gel Electrolyte Stabilizing Ion Deposition for Long-Life Lithium Metal Batteries, Advanced Functional Materials, 29 (43): 1904547, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201904547. 2019.