Dr. ZENG Zhiyuan (曾志远)

Postdoc Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
PhD Nanyang Technological University
MEng Zhejiang University
BEng Central South Univeristy

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Phone: +852 34422318, +852 34422318

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Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Zhiyuan Zeng is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in City University of Hong Kong. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees all in Material Science & Engineering from Central South University, Zhejiang University and Nanyang Technological University in 2006, 2008 and 2013, respectively. He continued his Postdoc training at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013-2017). Then he jumped into industry in Silicon Valley working for Applied Materials Inc. as a Process Engineer/Senior Process Engineer (2017-2019). Dr. Zeng joined CityU-MSE in 2019. His research interest focuses on using In-situ/Ex-situ Multimodal Characterizations (especially in-situ TEM, synchrotron X-ray absorption, electrochemical testing etc.) to solve fundamental and technologically-important problems, especially those related to energy conversion and storage, nano-electronics and bioelectronics. His research group has been working on diverse research projects, such as nanomaterial synthesis, composites, mechanism study, electronics devices, catalysis, batteries, sensors, etc., and is developing a versatile and interdisciplinary research, ranging from material syntheses, to structures, properties, and to applications. He has published 77 SCI papers (49 IF>10) with total citation 14600+ times and H-index 46 (Web of Science), which include Nat. Mater., Nat. Commun., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., Acc. Chem. Res., Nano Lett., Energ. Environ. Sci. etc. Dr. Zeng is a Highly Cited Researcher (Top 1%, Clarivate Analytics) in 2018 and 2020.



2013,  Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Advisor: Hua Zhang)

2008,  M. S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China (Advisor: Jiangping Tu)                               

2006,  B. S. in Materials Physics, Central South University, China (Advisor: Yuchang Su)

Appointment History    

2019 - Present, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, China

2018 - 2019, Senior Process Engineer, Applied Materials (Silicon Valley), USA

2017 - 2018, Process Engineer, Applied Materials (Silicon Valley), USA

2013 - 2017, Postdoc  in Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA (Advisor: Haimei Zheng)

Research Interests/Areas

(1) Battery intercalation for material synthesis, mechanism study and energy applications

(2) Failure mechanism study of Li-ion batteries using in-situ/ex-situ characterizations

(3) Rational design of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides composites for HER

(4) Fabrication of  transition metal based composites for environmental Applications


2021, Emerging Investigators for Chemical Communications

2020, Highly Cited Researcher, by Clarivate Analytics

2020,  Emerging Investigators for Journal of Materials Chemistry A

2018,  Highly Cited Researcher, by Clarivate Analytics

2018,  Working Smarter, A Course in Analytical Techniques, by EAG Laboratories
2012,  Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, by the Ministry of Education of China
2008,  Excellent student for graduate, by Zhejiang University

Academic Services

2021 - Present, Youth Editorial Board, Energy & Environmental Materials (IF: 15.122)

2021 - Present, Youth Editorial Board, Journal of Electrochemistry

2020, Guest Editor, 35th anniversary of the Chemical Research in Chinese Universities      

2020 - Present, PhD Program and Qualifying Examination Committee (CityU-MSE) 

2019 - PresentYouth Editorial BoardChinese Chemical Letters  

2019 - Present, Review Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry

2014 - 2015, SecretarySan Francisco Section of The Electrochemical Society (ECS)