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Academic Areas: Soft Nanomaterials and Devices

Our research focuses a broad multidisciplinary area, ranging from materials, mechanics, engineering, to optical and electronics. We are dedicating to the understanding of the fundamental mechanism in soft active nanomaterials and devices using the nanomaterials and soft active materials capable of large deformation, and to design advanced functional materials, devices, and systems with extraordinary functions. We will particularly interested in the applications in energy storage/harvesting, electronics, actuators, sensors, and health care, which are flexible/stretchable.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  06/2009
M.S. in Condensed-Matter Physics, Jilin University, China 07/2003
B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, China 07/1999

Professional Experience

Professor, School of Optical and Electronic Information & Innovation Institute, Huazhong University of Science and Technology 07/2014-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University (Advisor: Prof. Xuanhe Zhao @ MIT) 05/2011-06/2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina (Advisor: Prof. Xiaodong (Chris) Li @ Univ. of Virginia) 02/2009-04/2011
Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Bionanosystems, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Advisors: Prof. Changqing Sun @NTU and Prof. Changming Li @ SWU) 01/2005-01/2009
Materials Research Engineer, Quanta Computer Inc., Shanghai, China 09/2003-09/2004

Selected Publications

1). Bao, Lihong; Zang, Jianfeng; Wang, Guofeng; Li, Xiaodong, Atomic-Scale Imaging of Cation Ordering in Inverse Spinel Zn2SnO4 Nanowires, Nano Letters 2014, doi/10.1021/nl503077y.
2). Zang, Jianfeng+; Cao, Changyong+; Feng, Yaying+; Liu, Jie; Zhao Xuanhe, Stretchable and High-Performance Supercapacitors with Crumpled Graphene Papers, Scientific Reports, 2014, 4, 6492. (+ equal contribution). Featured by MIT News, MRS 360.
3). Cao, Changyong; Chan, Hon Fan; Zang, Jianfeng; Leong, Kam W.; Zhao Xuanhe, Harnessing Localized Ridges for High-Aspect-Ratio Hierarchical Patterns with Dynamic Tunability and Multifunctionality, Advanced Materials 2014, 26, 1763-1770. Selected by Advanced Materials as Cover.
4). Wu, Jianghong+; Zang, Jianfeng+ ; Rathmell, Aaron R.; Zhao, Xuanhe; Wiley, Bejamin J., "Reversible sliding in networks of nanowires.” Nano Letters, 2013, 13, 2381-2386. (+ equal contribution).
5). Zang, Jianfeng; Ryu, Seunghwa; Pugno, Nicola; Wang, Qiming; Tu, Qing; Buehler, Markus. J.; Zhao, Xuanhe, Multifunctionality and control of crumpling and unfolding of large-area graphene. Nature Materials, 2013, 12, 321-325.Featured by Discovery News, MRS, NSF, Science Daily, and Pratt News at Duke University.
6). Zang, Jianfeng; Zhao, Xuanhe; Cao, Yanping; Hutchinson, John. W., Localized Ridge Wrinkling of Stiff Films on Compliant Substrates. Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2012, 60, 1265-1279.
7).Wang, Qiming; Tahir, Mukarram.; Zang, Jianfeng; Zhao, Xuanhe, Dynamic Electrostatic Lithography: Multiscale On-demand Patterning on Large-Area Curved Surfaces. Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 1947-1951Highlighted by Advanced Materials as Frontispiece, MRS, NSF, Science Daily, Pratt News at Duke University.
8).Zang, Jianfeng; Bao, Lihong; Webb, Richard. A.; Li, Xiaodong, Electron Beam Irradiation Stiffens Zinc Tin Oxide Nanowires. Nano Letters 2011, 11, 4885-4889.Reported as NanoCenter News at the University of South Carolina.
9).Zang, Jianfeng; Xu, Zhihui; Webb, Richard A.; Li, Xiaodong, Electrical Self-healing of Mechanically Damaged Zinc Oxide Nanobelts. Nano Letters 2011, 11, 241-244.Reported as a news story by Chemistry World News of RSC, Ceramic Tech Today of The American Ceramic Society, Shma Shot about Physics, and NanoCenter News at the University of South Carolina.
10).Zang, Jianfeng; Li, Xiaodong, In Situ Synthesis of Ultrafine Beta-MnO2/Polypyrrole Nanorod Composites for High Performance Electrochemical Capacitors. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 10965-10969.
11). Bao, Lihong; Zang, Jianfeng; Li, Xiaodong, Flexible Zn2SnO4/MnO2 Core/shell Nanocable - Carbon Microfiber Hybrid Composites for High Performance Supercapacitor Electrodes Nano Letters 2011, 11, 1215-1220.
12).Wu, L. Y.; Zang, J. F.; Lee, L. A.; Niu, Z. W.; Horvath, G.; Braxton, V.; Wibowo, A. C.; Bruckman, M. A.; Ghoshroy, S.; Zur Loye, H.; Li, X. D.; Wang, Q., Electrospinning fabrication, structural and mechanical characterization of rod-like virus-based composite nanofibers. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 8550-8557.Featured by JMC as Hot Article and Inside Front Cover.
13).Li, Xuelian+; Zang, J. F.+; Liu, Yingshuai; Lu, Zhisong; Li, Qing; Li, Chang Ming; Simultaneous Detection of Lactate and Glucose by Integrated Printed Circuit Board Based Array Sensing Chip. Analytica Chimica Acta 2013, 771, 102-107. (+ equal contribution)
14).Zang, J. F.+; Guo, C. X.+; Hu, F. P.; Yu, L.; Li, C. M., Electrochemical Detection of Ultratrace Nitroaromatic Explosives Using Ordered Mesoporous Carbon. Analytica Chimica Acta 2011, 683, 187-191. (+ equal contribution)
15).Zang, J. F.; Li, C. M.; Bao, S. J.; Cui, X. Q.; Bao, Q. L.; Sun, C. Q., Template-Free Electrochemical Synthesis of Superhydrophilic Polypyrrole Nanofiber Network. Macromolecules 2008, 41, 7053-7057.
16).Zang, J. F.; Bao, S. J.; Li, C. M.; Bian, H. J.; Cui, X. Q.; Bao, Q. L.; Sun, C. Q.; Guo, J.; Lian, K., Well-Aligned Cone-Shaped Nanostructure of Polypyrrole /RuO2 for Electrochemical Supercapacitor. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2008, 112, 14843-14847.
17).Zang, J. F.; Li, C. M.; Cui, X. Q.; Wang, J. X.; Sun, X. W.; Dong, H.; Sun, C. Q., Tailoring Zinc Oxide Nanowires for High Performance Amperometric Glucose Sensor. Electroanalysis 2007, 19, 1008-1014.
18).Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F.; Zhan, D. P.; Chen, W.; Chang, Q. S.; Teo, A. L.; Chua, Y. T.; Lee, V. S.; Moochhala, S. M., Electrochemical detection of nitric oxide on a SWCNT/RTIL composite gel microelectrode. Electroanalysis 2006, 18, 713-718.
19).Bao, S. J.; Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F.; Cui, X. Q.; Qiao, Y.; Guo, J., New Nanostructured TiO2 for Direct Electrochemistry and Glucose Sensor Applications. Advanced Functional Materials 2008, 18, 591-599.
20).Cui, X. Q.; Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F.; Yu, S. C., Highly Sensitive Lactate Biosensor by Engineering Chitosan/PVI-Os/CNT/LOD Network Nanocomposite. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2007, 22, 3288-3292.
21).Cui, X. Q.; Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F.; Zhou, Q.; Gan, Y.; Bao, H. F.; Guo, J.; Lee, V. S.; Moochhala, S. M., Biocatalytic Generation of Ppy-Enzyme-CNT Nanocomposite: From Net Work Assembly to Film Growth. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 2025-2031.
22).Bao, H. F.; Cui, X. Q.; Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F., Shape-controlled assembly of luminescent dumbbell-like CdTe-cystine nanocomposites. Nanotechnology 2007, 18, 455701.
23).Bao, Q. L.; Bao, S. J.; Li, C. M.; Qi, X.; Pan, C. X.; Zang, J. F.; Wang, W. L.; Tang, D. Y., Lithium insertion in channel-structured beta-AgVO: In situ Raman study and computer simulation. Chemistry of Materials 2007, 19, 5965-5972.
24).Cui, X. Q.; Li, C. M.; Bao, H. F.; Zheng, X. T.; Zang, J. F.; Ooi, C. P.; Guo, J., Hyaluronan-Assisted Photoreduction Synthesis of Silver Nanostructures: From Nanoparticle to Nanoplate. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2008, 112, 10730-10734.
25).Bao, Q. L.; Bao, S. J.; Li, C. M.; Qi, X.; Pan, C. X.; Zang, J. F.; Lu, Z. S.; Li, Y. B.; Tang, D. Y.; Zhang, S.; Lian, K., Supercapacitance of solid carbon nanofibers made from ethanol flames. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2008, 112, 3612-3618.
26).Bao, Q. L.; Zhang, J.; Pan, C. X.; Li, J.; Li, C. M.; Zang, J. F.; Tang, D. Y., Recoverable Photoluminescence of Flame-Synthesized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and Its Intensity Enhancement at 240 K. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 10347-10352.
27).Ding, T.; Zheng, W. T.; Zang, J. F.; Tian, H. W.; Zheng, B.; Wang, X.; Yu, S. S.; Wang, Y. M., Electron spin resonance analysis of magnetic structures in La2/3Ca1/3MnO3. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2005, 293, 782-786.
28).Ding, T.; Zheng, W. T.; Tian, H. W.; Zang, J. F.; Zhao, Z. D.; Yu, S. S.; Li, X. T.; Meng, F. L.; Wang, Y. M.; Kong, X. G., Temperature-dependent photoluminescence in La2/3Ca1/3MnO3. Solid State Communications 2004, 132, 815-819.
29).Tian, H. W.; Zang, J. F.; Ding, T.; Zheng, W. T.; Wang, X., The evidence of phase separation in perovskite manganites above T-c. Journal of Wuhan University of Technology-Materials Science Edition 2004, 19, 62-63.

Awards and Honors

Session Chair, MRS 2014 Spring Meeting, Symposium U: Soft Nanomaterials, San Francisco, USA
Kewaunee Postdoctoral Achievement Award, Duke University, 2014
National 1000-Young-Talent Program, China, 2014


Session Chair, MRS 2014 Spring Meeting, Symposium U: Soft Nanomaterials, San Francisco, USA
Member, Materials Research Society
Served as a Reviewer for various leading journals, including Scientific Report, Lab on a Chip, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Chemical Communications, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Nanoscale, RSC Advances, Analytica Chimica Acta, Nanoscale Research Letters, Functional Materials Letters, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, New Journal of Chemistry, Analytical Letters, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), 2012-2014


1).Jianfeng Zang, Origami of Large-area Graphene Enables On-demand Multifunctionalities, Oral Presentation, China Functional Materials Forum 2014, Xi’an, China, 08/2014
2).Jianfeng Zang, Research for Multifunctionalities of Soft Active Materials and Interfaces, Oral Presentation, School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 08/2014
3).Jianfeng Zang, Graphene Paper Origami: From Mechanics to Functions, Oral Presentation in Symposium U: Soft Nanomaterials at MRS 2014 Spring Meeting, San Francisco, California, United States. 04/2014
4).Jianfeng Zang, Multifunctional Crumpling and Unfolding of Large-area Graphene, Oral Presentation in Symposium W: Carbon Nanomaterials at MRS 2012 Fall Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. 11/2012
5).Jianfeng Zang, Engineering Large-Scale Nanomaterials with Soft Materials, Oral Presentation in HUST-East Lake International Forum on Frontiers of Science and Technology for Outstanding Overseas 2012, Wuhan, China. 10/2012.
6).Jianfeng Zang, Multifunctional Unfolding Crumpled Graphene, Poster Presentation in Triangle Soft Matter Workshop 2012, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. 05/2012.
7).Jianfeng Zang, Unfolding Crumpled Graphene For Transparent, Superhydrophobic and Stretchable Electrodes, Duke MEMS Department Seminar, Oral Presentation in Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. 03/2012.
8).Jianfeng Zang, Mechanics of Graphene Electronics, Poster Presentation in Duke MEMS Department Retreat, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. 09/2011.

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