Dr. Yu Zhu

Dr. Yu Zhu

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 817
Phone: 330-972-5945
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: yzhu@uakron.edu
Website: https://nano.uakron.edu/


Dr. Yu Zhu obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany in 2007. After his post-doctoral training in Professor James Tour’s lab at Rice University, Dr. Zhu joined the Department of Polymer Science at The University of Akron as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr Zhu’s research areas comprise synthesis and assembly of carbon nanomaterials and polymers; the use of those novel materials in energy storage devices, nano-electronics and organic electronics.


One of our research interests is controlled synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials for various applications. Many low dimensional materials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) exhibit exceptional high carrier mobility, high electrical and thermal conductivity and large specific surface area. By controlling synthesis and assembly, those exotic properties are able to be extended to macro-scale, which is important for applications like solar cells, supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries. We are also interested in the synthesis of conjugated polymer, which is another type of semi-conductive materials suitable for flexible electronics. We focus on the patterning of conjugated polymers in nano-scale for organic electronics.

Current research projects:

  • Synthesis of low-dimensional materials for energy storage/conversion applications;
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes for nanoelectronics;
  • Patterning conjugated polymer for organic electronics;
  • Carbon nanomaterial/polymer composites.


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  • Comprehensive electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study of Si-Based anodes using distribution of relaxation times analysis
    1 Dec 2020 Journal of Power Sources 479:229083
    Pan K, Zou F, Canova M, Zhu Y, Kim J-H
  • Photoinduced Dirac semimetal in ZrTe5
    1 Dec 2020 npj Quantum Materials 5(1):80
    Konstantinova T, Wu L, Yin W-G, Tao J, Gu GD, Wang XJ, Yang J, Zaliznyak IA, Zhu Y
  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) derived carbon-coated NiS nanoparticles anchored on graphene layers for high-performance Li-S cathode material
    27 Nov 2020 Nanotechnology 31(48):485404
    Zou F, Liu K, Cheng C-F, Ji Y, Zhu Y
  • Conjugated polymer with dynamic and thermoreversible hydrogen bonding on the backbone
    1 Aug 2020 Polymer 203:122787
    Zhang H, Tung W-Y, Li X, Jin H, Deng R, Chen Y-M, Mao Y, Zhu Y
  • Stable Low-Cost Organic Dye Anolyte for Aqueous Organic Redox Flow Battery
    23 Mar 2020 ACS Applied Energy Materials 3(3):2290-2295
    Lai YY, Li X, Liu K, Tung W-Y, Cheng C-F, Zhu Y
  • Scaling, rotation, and channeling behavior of helical and skyrmion spin textures in thin films of Te-doped Cu2OSeO3
    1 Mar 2020 Science Advances 6(13):eaax2138
    Han M-G, Garlow JA, Kharkov Y, Camacho L, Rov R, Sauceda J, Vats G, Kisslinger K, Kato T, Sushkov O, Zhu Y, Ulrich C, Söhnel T, Seidel J
  • Polymeric Active Materials for Redox Flow Battery Application
    14 Feb 2020 ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2(2):113-128
    Lai YY, Li X, Zhu Y
  • Low-temperature microstructural studies on superconducting CaFe2As2
    1 Dec 2019 Scientific Reports 9(1):6393
    Huyan S, Deng LZ, Wu Z, Zhao K, Sun JY, Wu LJ, Zhao YY, Yuan HM, Gooch M, Lv B, Zhu Y, Chen S, Chu CW
  • Microwave Processed, Onionlike Carbon and Fluoropolymer Passivated Lithium Metal Electrode for Enhanced Li Stripping/Plating Performance
    25 Nov 2019 ACS Applied Energy Materials 2(11):7933-7941
    Liu K, Xia Y, Cheng C-F, Xia X, Zou F, Vogt BD, Zhu Y
  • Strong and Flexible Composite Solid Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Li-Ion Batteries.
    5 Nov 2019 ACS Omega 4(19):18203-18209
    Raut P, Li S, Chen Y-M, Zhu Y, Jana SC


  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany (2003-2007)
  • Post-doctoral research associate, Rice University (2008-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Akron (2012)