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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

  1. Zhu, H., Zhu, S., Jia, Z., Parvinian, S., Li, Y., Li, T., Hu, L. Anomalous Scaling Law of Strength and Toughness of Cellulose Nanopaper. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2015, 112(29), 8971-8976. 
  2. Zhu, H.*, Luo, W., Ciesielski, P., Fang, Z., Himmel, M., Zhu, J., Henriksson, G., Hu, L.*. Wood-Derived Materials for Green Electronics, Sustainable Energy, and Biological Applications. Review proposal is accepted, Chemical Reviews, Chemical Reviews, 2016.
  3. Geng, X., Sun, W., Wu, W., Chen, B., Al-Hilo, A., Benamara, M., Zhu, H., Watanabe, F., Cui, J., & Chen, T., Pure and stable metallic phase molybdenum disulfide nanosheets for hydrogen evolution reaction, Nature Communications, 2016.
  4. Zhu, H., Li, Y., Fang, Z., Xu, J., Wan, J., Dai, J.,  Yang, B.,  Hu, L.*. Highly Thermally Conductive Films with Percolative Layered Boron Nitride Nanosheets. ACS Nano. 2014, 8(4):3606-13.
  5. Zhu, H., Fang, Z., Preston, C., Li, Y., Hu, L.*. Transparent Paper Fabrications, Properties, and Device Applications. Energy and Environmental Science. 2013, 269 - 287.
  6. Zhu, H., Jia, Z., Chen, Y.,  Weadock, N., Wan, J., Vaaland, O., Han, X., Li, T., Hu, L. *. Tin Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries Using Natural Wood Fiber as a Mechanical Buffer and Electrolyte Reservoir. Nano Letters, 2013(7): 3093-3100.
  7. Zhu, H., Xiao, Z., Liu, D., Li, Y., Weadock, N.J., Fang, Z., Huang, J., Hu, L.*. Biodegradable Transparent Substrates for Flexible Organic-Light-Emitting Diodes, Energy and Environmental Science, 2013, 6, 2105-2111. 
  8. Bao, W., Wan, J., Han, X., Cai, X., Zhu, H., Kim, D., Xu, Y., Munday, J., Drew, H. D., Fuhrer, M., Hu, L. *. Lithium-Intercalated Few Layer Graphene: Approaching the Limits of Transparency and Conductivity in Graphene-based Materials. Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 4224.
  9. 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 
  10. 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 
  11. 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 
  12. 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 
  13. 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 
  14. Y. Li, H. Zhu, F. Shen, J. Wan, X. Han, J. Dai, H. Dai, L. Hu "High conductive microfiber of graphene oxide templated carbonized cellulose", Advanced Functional Materials, 35(7), 2014, 1471-1479
  15. Y. Li, H. Zhu, S. Zhu, J. Wan, Z. Liu, O. Vaaland, S. Lacey, Z. Fang, H. Dai, T. Li, L. Hu "Hybridizing Wood Cellulose and Graphene Oxide Toward Highperformance Fibers", Nature-NPG Asia Materials, 7, 2014, e150 
  16. H. Zhu, H. Wang, Y. Li, W. Bao, Z. Fang, C. Preston, Z. Barcikowski, O. Vaaland, Z. Ren, L. Hu "Lightweight, Conductive Hollow Fibers from Nature as
    Sustainable Electrode Materials for Microbial Energy Harvesting", Nano Energy, 10, 2014, 268-276
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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.

June 28, 2017

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.

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