Xiangwu Zhang

Xiangwu Zhang

Associate Dean for Research,
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, TECS

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About Xiangwu Zhang

Xiangwu Zhang is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He is also an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and an Inaugural University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University.

Research

Zhang has published two books, ten book chapters, and more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. Zhang has also delivered over 200 presentations in international and national conferences. Zhang’s research interests focus on nanostructured and multifunctional polymer, composite, fiber, and textile materials with an emphasis on practical applications: i) energy storage and conversion, ii) chemical and biological protection,  iii) composites, and iv) nanofinishing. His research encompasses both fundamental materials studies such as synthesis and physical characterization, as well as system design and fabrication. Zhang has received over seven million dollars of research funding from the US government, foundation, and industry. Following are examples of recent research projects:

  • Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Lithium-Air Batteries
  • Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
  • Sodium-Ion Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Fuel Cells
  • Chemical and Biological Protection Fabrics
  • Nano-Finishing of Textile Fabrics
  • Functional Textile Materials
  • Advanced Electrospinning Systems
  • Advanced Centrifugal Spinning Systems
Zhang is an active member of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the Fiber Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Chemical Society (ACS), Materials Research Society (MRS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Zhang is an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of Journal of Energy Storage and Conversion, Textiles and Light Industrial Science and Technology, Journal of Textile Science and Engineering, International Journal of Nano Science, Nano Engineering and Nanotechnology, Journal of Membrane Science & Technology, and Global Journal of Physical Chemistry. Zhang is also a Yangguang Chair Professor at Wuhan Textile University and a Guest Professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tec University.

Academic Degrees

  • Postdoctoral Associate Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Associate Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research, Texas A&M University, 2002
  • Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2001
  • Dissertation Preparation and Properties of Polymeric Composites Filled with Low-Melting-Point Alloy, ,
  • B.S. Polymer Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang University, 1997
  • Minor Computer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 1997

Publications

Study of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) grafted cotton fabrics initiated by atmospheric pressure plasma
Sun, X. H., DenHartog, E., Zhang, X. W., & McCord, M. (2018), Applied Surface Science, 453, 182-191.
In situ polymerization of nanostructured conductive polymer on 3d sulfur/carbon nanofiber composite network as cathode for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries
Zhu, P., Zhu, J. D., Yan, C. Y., Dirican, M., Zang, J., Jia, H., Li, Y., Kiyak, Y., Tan, H. S., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Advanced Materials Interfaces, 5(10).
High-performance SnSb@rGO@CMF composites as anode material for sodium-ion batteries through high-speed centrifugal spinning
Jia, H., Dirican, M., Zhu, J. D., Chen, C., Yan, C. Y., Zhu, P., Li, Y., Guo, J. S., Caydamli, Y., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 752, 296-302.
Reduced graphene oxide-incorporated SnSb@CNF composites as anodes for high-performance sodium-ion batteries
Jia, H., Dirican, M., Chen, C., Zhu, J. D., Zhu, P., Yan, C. Y., Li, Y., Dong, X., Guo, J. S., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(11), 9696-9703.
Biomass-derived porous carbon modified glass fiber separator as polysulfide reservoir for Li-S batteries
Selva, R. K., Zhu, P., Yan, C. I., Zhu, J. D., Dirican, M., Shanmugavani, A., Lee, Y. S., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 513, 231-239.
Li0.33La0.557TiO3 ceramic nanofiber-enhanced polyethylene oxide-based composite polymer electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium batteries
Zhu, P., Yan, C. Y., Dirican, M., Zhu, J. D., Zang, J., Selvan, R. K., Chung, C. C., Jia, H., Li, Y., Kiyak, Y., Wu, N. Q., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(10), 4279-4285.
Biomass-derived porous carbon modified glass fiber separator as polysulfide reservoir for Li-S batteries
Selva, R. K., Zhu, P., Yan, C. I., Zhu, J. D., Dirican, M., Shanmugavani, A., Lee, Y. S., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 513, 231-239.
Glass fiber separator coated by porous carbon nanofiber derived from immiscible PAN/PMMA for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries
Li, Y., Zhu, J. D., Zhu, P., Yan, C. Y., Jia, H., Kiyak, Y., Zang, J., He, J. H., Dirican, M., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Journal of Membrane Science, 552, 31-42.
Hollow carbon sphere with open pore encapsulated MnO2 nanosheets as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries
Zang, J., Ye, J. C., Qian, H., Lin, Y., Zhang, X. W., Zheng, M. S., & Dong, Q. F. (2018), Electrochimica Acta, 260, 783-788.
Surface processing and ageing behavior of silk fabrics treated with atmospheric-pressure plasma for pigment-based ink-jet printing
Zhang, C. M., Wang, L. B., Yu, M., Qu, L. J., Men, Y. J., & Zhang, X. W. (2018), Applied Surface Science, 434, 198-203.

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Grants

Flexible Functional Nano-Carbon Electrodes for Energy Devices
University Global Partnership Network (UGPN)(8/01/17 - 7/31/18)
Proposal to Establish a North Carolina Fabric Discovery Center (NC-FDC)
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)(12/01/17 - 11/30/20)
Solid-State Inorganic Nanofiber Network-Polymer Composite Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/16 - 9/30/19)
High-Capacity SnSb Alloy Anode Fabricated by Centrifugal Spinning Method
US Navy - Naval Air Warfare Center(6/01/16 - 11/30/16)
"Smart" cotton fabrics with temperature-responsive thermoregulation properties
Cotton, Inc.(1/01/16 - 12/31/16)
Electrochemical Capacitor Research Thrust
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
Laser Ultrasound Patch Using Carbon Nanofiber Composites
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
High-Energy Lithium-Sulfur Batteries for Use in Stratospheric Environment
SCEYE SARL (formerly SCEYE S.A.)(11/01/14 - 10/31/18)
Collaborative Research: Multi-University I/UCRC for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(3/01/14 - 2/28/19)
Fabrication of Nanofibers from Polymer Melts: Part 1 – Proposal Development and Literature Review Preparation
Taiwan Textile Research Institute(10/01/13 - 12/31/13)

Organizations

  • Qingdao University - Guest Professor
  • Wuhan Textile University - Yangguang Chair Professor
  • Zhejiang Sci-Tech University - Guest Professor
  • Journal of Energy Storage and Conversion - Editor-in-Chief
  • Journal of textile Science and Engineering - Editorial Board Member
  • Intenational Journal of Nano Science, Nano Engineering and Nanotechnology - Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Membrane Science & Technology - Editorial Board Member
  • Global Journal of Physical Chemistry - Editorial Board Member
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society - Full Member
  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Affiliate Member and Textile and Composites Engineering Technical Committee Member
  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS) - Active Member
  • The American Chemical Society (ACS) - Full Member
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) - Full Member
  • The Fiber Society - Full Member
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) - Member

Additional Information

Research Group Members

https://sites.textiles.ncsu.edu/zhang-research-group/