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Dr. Zhe Qiang

Assistant Professor


Dr. Zhe Qiang received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Engineering from the University of Akron. Prior to his current position, he performed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests include self-assembly and interfacial phenomenon, particularly focusing on understanding the relationship between microscopic morphology of polymeric materials and their macroscopic properties. These interests bridge a variety of topics from in-situ single-molecule characterization to large-scale roll-to-roll manufacturing of mesoporous materials for energy applications. His research work has been recognized with several awards and honors from national societies such as a Frank Padden Award Finalist from the American Physical Society.

Research website:

  • PHD - University of Akron (2016)
  • MS - University of Akron (2013)
  • BS - Donghua University (2012)
  • A Polymerizable Photoswitchable Fluorophore for Super-Resolution Imaging of Polymer Self-Assembly and Dynamics, ACS Macro Letters, 2018, 10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00686
  • Simultaneous In-Film Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly for Hierarchical Nanopatterns, ACS Macro Letters, 2018, 10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00119
  • Ultra-long cycle life, low-cost room temperature sodium-sulfur batteries enabled by highly doped (N,S) nanoporous carbons, Nano Energy, 2017, 10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.12.018
  • Generalized Synthesis of a Family of Highly Heteroatom-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Carbons, CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 2017, 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b04061
  • Large-Scale Roll-to-Roll Fabrication of Ordered Mesoporous Materials using Resol-Assisted Cooperative Assembly, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 10.1021/am5086275
  • Unidirectional Alignment of Block Copolymer Films Induced by Expansion of a Permeable Elastomer during Solvent Vapor Annealing, Macromolecules, 2014, 10.1021/ma402131j
  • A generalized method for alignment of block copolymer films: solvent vapor annealing with soft shear, Soft Matter, 2014, 10.1039/c4sm00875h
  • Operando Grazing Incidence Small-Angle X-ray Scattering/X-ray Diffraction of Model Ordered Mesoporous Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes, ACS NANO, 2017, 10.1021/acsnano.6b06708
  • Superstretchable, Self-Healing Polymeric Elastomers with Tunable Properties, Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 10.1002/adfm.201800741
  • American Physical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Polymer Engineering, Polymer Physics, Interfacial Science, Renewable Energy Storage