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Dr. Hongli (Julie) Zhu is currently an assistant professor at Northeastern University. From 2012 to 2015, she was a research associate at the University of Maryland, focusing on the research of nanomaterials and nanostructures, roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing, energy storage and conversion, and printed electronics. Dr. Hongli Zhu received her Ph.D. in Wood and Paper Science from the South China University of Technology-Western Michigan University Alliance in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Hongli Zhu conducted research on materials science and processing of biodegradable and renewable biomaterials in the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She has 10 years experiences in high speed roll to roll paper manufacturing, including various roll to roll coating and printing.


  • Research Associate, University of Maryland, 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 2009-2011
  • PhD, South China University of Technology, 2004-2009
  • Exchange PhD student, Western Michigan University, 2007-2008

Research & Scholarship Interests

Advanced manufacturing; Multifunctional bio-inspired material from nature; Sustainable energy storage; Nano/micro fabrication of devices and materials; Bendable, implantable and biocompatible electronics; Application of sustainable biomaterial, like the cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin, in life science.
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Selected Publications

  • X. Geng, Y. Zhang, Y. Han, J. Li, L. Yang, M. Benamara, H. Zhu, Two-Dimensional Water-Coupled Metallic MoS2 with Nanochannels for Ultrafast Supercapacitor, Nano Letter, 17(3). 1825-1832, 2017
  • H. Zhu, P. Ciesielski, M. Himmel, J. Zhu, G. Henriksson, L. Hu, Wood-Derived Materials for Green Electronics, Sustainable Energy, and Biological Applications, Chemical Reviews, 2016
  • X. Geng, W. Sun, W. Wu, B. Chen, A. Al-Hilo, M. Benamara, H. Zhu, F. Watanabe, J. Cui, T. Chen, Pure and Stable Metallic Phase Molybdenum Disulfide Nanosheets for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, Nature Communications, 7, 2016
  • H. Zhu, S. Zhu, Z. Jia, S. Parvinian, Y. Li, T. Li, L. Hu, Anomalous Scaling Law of Strength and Toughness of Cellulose Nanopaper, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112(29), 2015, 8971-8976
  • C. Sun, H. Zhu, M. Okada, K. Gaskell, Y. Inoue, L. Hu, Y. Wang, Interfacial Oxygen Stabilizes Composite Silicon Anodes, Nano Letters, 15(1), 2015, 703-708
  • Y. Li, H. Zhu, F. Shen, J. Wan, Z. Liu, S. Lacey, Z. Fang, H. Dai, L. Hu, Nanocellulose Fibers as Green Dispersant for Two Dimensional Materials, Nano Energy, 2015, 346-354
  • J. Zhong, H. Zhu, Q. Zhong, J. Dai, W. Li, L. Hu, J. Zhou, Self-Powered Human Interactive Transparent Nanopaper Systems, ACS Nano, 9(7), 2015, 7399-7406
  • W. Bao, Z. Fang, J. Wan, J. Dai, H. Zhu, X. Yang, C. Preston, L. Hu, Aqueous Gating of Van Der Waals Materials on Bilayer Nanopaper, ACS Nano, 2014, 10606-10612
  • Z. Fang, H. Zhu, W. Bao, C. Preston, Z. Liu, J. Dai, Y. Li, L. Hu, Highly Transparent Paper with Tunable Haze for Green Electronics, Energy and Environmental Science, 7, 2014, 3313-3319
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Related News

June 8, 2018

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu's research on "Lithium‐Ion Batteries: Ion Transport Nanotube Assembled with Vertically Aligned Metallic MoS2 for High Rate Lithium‐Ion Batteries" was featured on the inside back cover of Advanced Energy Materials.

October 25, 2017

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu's research on "Batteries: Freestanding Metallic 1T MoS2 with Dual Ion Diffusion Paths as High Rate Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries" was featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials.

October 5, 2017

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli Zhu's research on "Ultralight, highly thermally insulating and fire resistant aerogel by encapsulating cellulose nanofibers with two-dimensional MoS2" was featured on the inside cover of the Nanoscale journal.

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