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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

  1. C. Ding, Y. Guo, J. Liu, G.B. Kent, B. T. Jobson, X. Fu, X. Yang and W.H. Zhong, A Super-breathable “Woven-like” Protein Nanofabric, ACS Applied Bio Materials, 3 (5): 2958–2964, 2020.
  2. 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, 2020,
  3. 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.
  4. X. Fu and W.H. Zhong, Biomaterials for High-Energy Lithium-Based Batteries: Strategies, Challenges and Perspectives, Advanced Energy Materials, 9 (10): 1901774, 2019.
  5. H. Souzandeh, Y. Wang, A. N. Netravali and W.H. Zhong, Towards Sustainable and Multifucntional Air-filters: A Review on Biopolymer-Based Filtration Materials, Polymer Reviews, 59 (4): 651–686, 2019.
  6. X.W. Fu, L. Scuediero, and W.H. Zhong, A Robust and Ion-Conductive Protein-Based Binder Enabling Strong Polysulfide Anchoring for High-Energy Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, J. of Materials Chemistry A, 7: 1835-1848, 2019.
  7. Y. Wang, X.W. Fu, M. Zheng, W.H. Zhong and G.Z. Cao, Strategies for Building Robust Traffic Networks in Advanced Energy Storage Devices: A Focus on Composite Electrodes, Advanced Materials, 31 (6): 1804204, 2018.
  8. X. Fan, Y. Wang, M. Zheng, F. Dunne, T. Liu, X. Fu, L. Kong, S. Pan and W.H. Zhong, Morphology Engineering of Protein Fabrics for Advanced and Sustainable Filtration, J. of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 21585 – 21595, 2018.