Xiangwu Zhang

Xiangwu Zhang

Associate Dean for Research
Samuel S. Walker Distinguished Professor
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor
Inaugural University Faculty Scholar

Research Office
Textile Engineering
Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

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About Xiangwu Zhang

Xiangwu Zhang is the Samuel S. Walker Distinguished Professor in Textile Innovation 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.


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


Electrospun Nanofibers Enabled Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries
Zhu, J., Cheng, H., Zhu, P., Li, Y., Gao, Q., & Zhang, X. (2022), Accounts of Materials Research. https://doi.org/10.1021/accountsmr.1c00198
Fe2O3-encapsulated and Fe-Nx-containing hierarchical porous carbon spheres as efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction
Gan, R., Wang, Y., Ma, W., Dirican, M., Zhao, S., Song, Y., … Shi, J. (2022), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 47(4), 2103–2113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.10.157
Interconnected cathode-electrolyte double-layer enabling continuous Li-ion conduction throughout solid-state Li-S battery
Yan, C., Zhou, Y., Cheng, H., Orenstein, R., Zhu, P., Yildiz, O., … Zhang, X. (2022), ENERGY STORAGE MATERIALS, 1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ensm.2021.10.014
A liquid metal assisted dendrite-free anode for high-performance Zn-ion batteries
Jia, H., Wang, Z., Dirican, M., Qiu, S., Chan, C. Y., Fu, S., … Zhang, X. (2021), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 9(9), 5597–5605. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA11828A
Advanced Zinc Anode with Nitrogen-Doping Interface Induced by Plasma Surface Treatment
Jia, H., Qiu, M., Lan, C., Liu, H., Dirican, M., Fu, S., & Zhang, X. (2021, November 26), ADVANCED SCIENCE, Vol. 11, p. 2103952. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202103952
Carbon black-based porous sub-micron carbon fibers for flexible supercapacitors
Ma, C., Wu, L., Dirican, M., Cheng, H., Li, J., Song, Y., … Zhang, X. (2021), APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 537. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.147914
Developments of Advanced Electrospinning Techniques: A Critical Review
Li, Y., Zhu, J., Cheng, H., Li, G., Cho, H., Jiang, M., … Zhang, X. (2021, July 14), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, Vol. 7. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202100410
Disintegrable, transparent and mechanically robust high-performance antimony tin oxide/nanocellulose/polyvinyl alcohol thermal insulation films
Fang, D., Yu, H., Dirican, M., Tian, Y., Xie, J., Jia, D., … Tao, J. (2021), CARBOHYDRATE POLYMERS, 8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118175
Fabrication, structure and supercapacitance of flexible porous carbon nanobelt webs with enhanced inter-fiber connection
Ma, C., Cao, E., Dirican, M., Subjalearndee, N., Cheng, H., Li, J., … Zhang, X. (2021), APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 543. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.148783
Fe3O4/Fe2O3/Fe nanoparticles anchored on N-doped hierarchically porous carbon nanospheres as a high-efficiency ORR electrocatalyst for rechargeable Zn-air batteries
Wang, Y., Gan, R., Liu, H., Dirican, M., Wei, C., Ma, C., … Zhang, X. (2021), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 9(5), 2764–2774. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA10205A

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  • 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

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