New Energy Materials and Devices

Computational Materials Science and Materials Design

Materials Genome Engineering and AI



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


Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, NKU, China


Director, Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry, NKU, China


Director, Computational Centre for Molecular Science, NKU, China


Professor, Depart. Mater. Chem., Nankai University, China


Associate Prof., Depart. Mater. Chem., Nankai University, China


EcoTopia Post-Doctoral Researcher, Nagoya University, Japan


JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nagoya University, Japan


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.