New Energy Materials and Devices

Computational Materials Science and Materials Design

Materials Genome Engineering and AI


2019-2020    Vice Director, Renewable Energy Conversion and   Storage Center (ReCast), NKU, China 

2015-present  Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, NKU, China 

2014-2020    Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry, NKU, China 

2013-2020    Director, Computational Centre for Molecular Science, NKU, China 

2010-2015    Professor, Depart. Mater. Chem., Nankai University, China

2005-2010    Associate Prof., Depart. Mater. Chem., Nankai University, China

2003-2005    EcoTopia Post-Doctoral Researcher, Nagoya University, Japan

2001-2003    JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nagoya University, Japan

1999-2001    Lecturer, Inst. New Energy Mater. Chem., Nankai University, China


Dr. Zhen Zhou has published more than 300 papers in SCI-indexed journals including JACS, Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater. and Prog. Mater. SCi. All the papers have been cited over 18000 times with the personal h-index of 81. He is now serving as Associate Editor of J. Mater. Chem. A, Green Energy & Environment, and Materials Advances as well as Editorial Board Member of J. Phys. Chem. A/B/C. 


Representative results

1. X. Zhang, Y.A. Yang*, Z. Zhou*, Towards Practical Metallic Lithium Anodes, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2020, 49, 3040-3071.

2. Z. Zhang*, S. Wu, C. Yang, L. Zheng, D. Xu, R. Zha, L. Tang, K. Cao, X.-G. Wang, Z. Zhou*,Li-N2 Batteries: A Reversible Energy Storage System? Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 17782-17787.

3. X. Zhang, Q. Zhang, X.-G. Wang, C. Wang, Y.-N. Chen, Z. Xie, Z. Zhou*, An extremely simple method for protecting lithium anodes in Li-O2 batteries, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12814-12818.

4. L. Zhou, Q. Liu, Z. Zhang, K. Zhang, Q. An,* Y.-M. Kang, Z. Zhou,* Liqiang Mai,* Interlayer Spacing Regulated VOPO4 Nanosheets with Fast Kinetics for High-Capacity and Durable Rechargeable Magnesium Batteries, Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1801984.

5. Y.-E. Zhu, L. Yang, J. Sheng, Y. Chen, H. Gu, J. Wei,* Z. Zhou,* Fast Sodium Storage in TiO2@CNT@C Nanorods for High-Performance Na-ion Capacitors, Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 7, 1701222.

6. Z. Xie, X. Zhang, Z. Zhang, Z. Zhou*, Metal-CO2 Batteries on the Road: CO2 from Contamination Gas to Energy Source, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605891.

7. J. Yang#, X. Zhou#, D. Wu, X. Zhao, Z. Zhou*, S-Doped N-Rich Carbon Nanosheets with Expanded Interlayer Distance as Anode Materials for Sodium-Ion Batteries, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1604108.

8. M. Yang#, Y. Zhong#, J. Ren, X. Zhou, J. Wei, Z. Zhou*, Fabrication of High-Power Li-Ion Hybrid Supercapacitors by Enhancing Exterior Surface Charge Storage, Adv. Energy Mater. 2015, 5, 1500550.

9. Z. Zhang, . Zhang, Y. Chen, J. Bao, X. Zhou, Z. Xie, J. Wei, Z. Zhou*, The first introduction of graphene to rechargeable Li-CO2 batteries, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 6550-6553.

10. Y. Zhong, M. Yang, X. Zhou, Y. Luo, J. Wei, Z. Zhou*, Orderly Packed Anodes for High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries with Super Long Cycle Life: Rational Design of MnCO3/Large-Area Graphene Composites, Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 806-812.