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


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. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA11828A
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
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. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA10205A
ZnO-assisted synthesis of lignin-based ultra-fine microporous carbon nanofibers for supercapacitors
Ma, C., Wu, L., Dirican, M., Cheng, H., Li, J., Song, Y., … Zhang, X. (2021), JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 586, 412–422. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2020.10.105
A Single-Ion Conducting UiO-66 Metal–Organic Framework Electrolyte for All-Solid-State Lithium Batteries
Yang, H., Liu, B., Bright, J., Kasani, S., Yang, J., Zhang, X., & Wu, N. (2020), ACS Applied Energy Materials, 4. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.0c00410
A sustainable platform of lignin: From bioresources to materials and their applications in rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors
Zhu, J., Yan, C., Zhang, X., Yang, C., Jiang, M., & Zhang, X. (2020). [Review of , ]. PROGRESS IN ENERGY AND COMBUSTION SCIENCE, 76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecs.2019.100788
Centrifugally spun porous carbon microfibers as interlayer for Li-S batteries
Yanilmaz, M., Asiri, A. M., & Zhang, X. (2020), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 55(8), 3538–3548. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-019-04215-y
Chemical interaction and enhanced interfacial ion transport in a ceramic nanofiber–polymer composite electrolyte for all-solid-state lithium metal batteries
Yang, H., Bright, J., Chen, B., Zheng, P., Gao, X., Liu, B., … Wu, N. (2020), Journal of Materials Chemistry A. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9TA12495K
Chemically interconnected ternary AgNP/polypyrrole/functionalized buckypaper composites as high-energy-density supercapacitor electrodes
Kim, H., Ramalingam, M., Balakumar, V., Zhang, X., Gao, W., Son, Y.-A., & Bradford, P. D. (2020), CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 739. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2019.136957
Fe3C composite carbon nanofiber interlayer for efficient trapping and conversion of polysulfides in lithium-sulfur batteries
Wu, K., Hu, Y., Cheng, Z., Pan, P., Zhang, M., Jiang, L., … Zhang, X. (2020), JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 847. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2020.156443

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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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