Professor at Department of energy,soochow university

principal investigator at Soochow Institute for Energy and Material Innovations(SIEMIS)

688 Moye Road, Suzhou, PR China 215006; (86)-18915539299;  

Curriculum Vitae

Zhao Deng received his bachelor and master degree in chemical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and his Ph. D in analytical chemistry from University of California, Davis, under the supervision of Prof. Gang-yu Liu. After graduation, he worked as a research associate in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). Before joined Soochow University as a full professor in 2016, he had worked in the Oil & Gas industry for about 5 years in the United States, serving as senior scientist in companies including Halliburton and Afton Chemical Corporation. His current research interests include photo and electro-catalysis of energy and environment relevant small molecules, in-situ characterization of electrode processes, wearable energy storage solutions. He is also the appointed professor of Jiangsu province and team leader of the Jiangsu Dual Innovation Program.

Professional Experience

Professor, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China2016-present

Principal Scientist, Afton Chemical Corporation, Richmond, VA, USA2015-2016

Senior Scientist, Halliburton Company, Houston, TX, USA2013-2015

Scientist III, Houghton International Inc., Valley Forge, PA, USA2012-2013

Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gathersburg, MD, USA2009-2012

Teacher, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China2002-2003



PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of California, Davis2003-2009

MS, Applied Chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China1999-2002

BEng, Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China1995-1999


Honors & Awards

Team Leader of Dual Innovations Plan, Jiangsu Province, 2019

Appointed professor of Jiangsu Province, 2018

Travel award, the 237th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, March, 2009

Tyco electronics foundation fellowship in functional materials, Tyco Electronics Foundation, 2006


Selected Publications and Patents

Energy Storage

1) Ma, Y.; Wei, L.; Gu, Y. T.; Hu, J. P.; Chen, Y. J.; Qi, P. W.; Zhao, X. H.; Peng, Y.; Liu, Z. F.; Deng, Z*. “High‐Performance Li-O2 Batteries Based on All‐Graphene Backbone”; Advanced Functional Materials, 2007218 (2020).

2) Chen, Y. J.; Liu, S. Y.; Yuan, X. T.; Hu, X. C.; Ye, W. Q.; Razzaq, A. A.; Lian, Y. B.; Chen, M. Z.; Peng, Y.; Choi, J. H*.; Ahn, J. H.; Zhao, X. H*.; Deng, Z*. “rGO-CNT aerogel embedding iron phosphide nanocubes for high-performance Li-polysulfide batteries”; Carbon, 167, 446-454 (2020).

3) Hu, J.; Yuan, X.; Wang, C.; Shao, X.; Yang, B.; Abdul Razzaq, A.; Zhao, X*.;  Lian, Y.; Chen, M.; Deng, Z*.; Peng, Y*. “Self-Phosphorization of MOF-Armored Microbes for Advanced Energy Storage”; Small, 16, e2000755 (2020).

4) Yang, C.; Li, Y.; Zhang, B.; Lian, Y.; Ma, Y.; Zhao, X.; Zeng, X.; Li, J.; Deng, Z.*; Ye, J.; Wu, W.; Peng, Y.* “Nitrogen-doped carbon fibers embedding CoOx nanoframes towards wearable energy storage”; Nanoscale, 12, 8922-8933 (2020).

5) Ma, Y.; Jing, Y.; Gu, Y.; Qi, P.; Lian, Y.; Yang, C.; Lian, Y.; Razzaq, A.; Zhao, X.; Peng, Y.; Zeng, X.; Li, J.; Deng, Z.* “Redox-Driven Lithium Perfusion to Fabricate Li@Ni–Foam Composites for High Lithium-Loading 3D Anodes”; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 12, 9355-9364 (2020).

6) Abdul Razzaq, A.; Yuan, X.; Chen, Y.; Hu, J.; Mu, Q.; Ma, Y.; Zhao, X.*; Miao, L.; Ahn, J.-H.; Peng, Y.; Deng, Z.* “Anchoring MOF-derived CoS2 on sulfurized polyacrylonitrile nanofibers for high areal capacity lithium-sulfur batteries”; J. Mater. Chem. A, 8, 1298-1306 (2020).

7) Ma, Y.; Gu, Y.; Yao, Y.; Jin, H.; Zhao, X.; Yuan, X.; Lian, Y.; Qi, P.; Shah, R.; Peng, Y.; Deng, Z.* “Alkaliphilic Cu2O nanowires on copper foam for hosting Li/Na as ultrastable alkali-metal anodes”; J. Mater. Chem. A, 7, 20926 (2020).

8) Yang C.; Yao Y.; Lian Y.; Chen Y.; Shah R.; Zhao X.*; Chen M.; Peng Y.*; Deng Z.* “A double-buffering strategy to boost the lithium storage of botryoid MnOx/C anodes”; Small, 15, 1900015 (2019).

9) Yao, Y.; Zhao, X.; Razzaq, A.; Gu, Y.; Yuan, X.; Shah, R.; Lian, Y.; Lei, J.; Mu, Q.; Ma, Y.; Peng, Y.; Deng, Z.*; Liu, Z. “Mosaic rGO layers on lithium metal anodes for the effective mediation of lithium plating and stripping”; Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 7, 12214-12224 (2019).

10) Abdul Razzaq, A.; Yao, Y.; Shah, R.; Qi, P.; Miao, L.; Chen, M.; Zhao, X.*; Peng, Y.; Deng, Z.* “High-performance lithium sulfur batteries enabled by a synergy between sulfur and carbon nanotubes”; Energy Storage Materials, 16, 194-202 (2019).

11) Chen, Y.; Zhao, X.*; Liu, Y.; Razzaq, A. A.; Haridas, A. K.; Cho, K.-K.; Peng, Y.; Deng, Z.*; Ahn, J.-H.* “γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles aligned in porous carbon nanofibers towards long life-span lithium ion batteries”; Electrochimica Acta, 289, 264-271 (2018).

12) Shah, R.; Gu, J.-Y.; Razzaq, A. A.; Zhao, X.; Shen, X.-W.; Miao, L.; Yan, C.-L.; Peng, Y.*; Deng, Z.* “Freestanding Electrode Pairs with High Areal Density Fabricated under High Pressure and High Temperature for Flexible Lithium Ion Batteries”; ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1, 3171-3179 (2018).


Photo & Electro Catalysis

13) Xiong, L.; Zhang, X.; Yuan, H.; Wang, J.; Yuan, X.; Lian, Y.; Jin, H.; Sun, H.; Wang, D.; Hu, J.; Deng, Z.*; Hu, H.; Choi, J.; Li, J.; Chen, Y.; Guo, J.; Rummerli, M. H.; Zhong, J*.; Xu, L*.; Peng, Y*. “Breaking Linear Scaling Relationship by Compositional and Structural Crafting of Ternary Cu-Au/Ag Nanoframes for Electrocatalytic Ethylene Production”; Angewandte Chemie, (2020).

14) Xiong, L.; Sun, Z.; Zhang, X.; Zhao, L.; Huang, P.; Chen, X.; Jin, H.; Sun, H.; Lian, Y.; Deng, Z.*; Rummerli, M. H.; Yin, W.*; Zhang, D.; Wang, S.; Peng, Y*. “Octahedral gold-silver nanoframes with rich crystalline defects for efficient methanol oxidation manifesting a CO-promoting effect”; Nature Communications, 10, 3782 (2019).

15) Sun, H.; Min, Y.; Yang, W.; Lian, Y.; Lin, L.; Feng, K.; Deng, Z.*; Chen, M.; Zhong, J.; Xu, L.*; Peng, Y*. “Morphological and Electronic Tuning of Ni2P through Iron Doping toward Highly Efficient Water Splitting”; ACS Catalysis, 9, 8882-8892 (2019).

16) Gu, Y.; Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Zhang, C.; Deng, Z.*; Peng. Y.* “MnIII-enriched α-MnO2 nanowires as efficient bifunctional oxygen catalysts for rechargeable Zn-air batteries”; Energy Storage Materials, 23, 252-260, (2019).

17) Lian, Y.; Sun, H.; Wang, X.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Chen, Y.; Ye, J.; Zhao, X.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Carved nanoframes of cobalt–iron bimetal phosphide as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for efficient overall water splitting”; Chemical Science, 10, 464-474 (2019).

18) Mu, Q.; Zhu, W.; Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Yao, Y.; Li, Q.; Tian, Y.; Zhang, P.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Activity and Selectivity Regulation through the Dimension of Cobalt Active Sites in Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction”; Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 21110-21119 (2018).

19) Sun, H.; Lian, Y.; Yang, C.; Xiong, L.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Zhao, X.; Guo, J.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Hierarchical Nickel-Carbon Structure Templated by Metal-Organic Frameworks for Efficient Overall Water Splitting”; Energy & Environmental Science, 11, 2363 – 2371 (2018).

20) Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Gu, Y.; Yang, C.; Sun, H.; Mu, Q.; Li, Q.; Zhu, W.*; Zheng, X.; Chen, M.; Zhu, J.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Phase and Morphology Transformation of MnO2 Induced by Ionic Liquids toward Efficient Water Oxidation”; ACS Catalysis, 8, 10137-10147 (2018).

21) Zhu, W.; Zhang, C.; Li, Q.; Xiong, L.; Chen, R.; Wan, X.; Wang, Z.; Chen, W.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Selective reduction of CO2 by conductive MOF nanosheets as an efficient co-catalyst under visible light illumination”; Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 238, 339-345 (2018).


Lubrication Engineering

22) Yang, H.; Zhao, L.; Xue, S.; Deng, Z.; Li, J.; Zeng, X.* “Branch-chain length modulated graphene oxides for regulating the physicochemical and tribophysical properties of pickering emulsions”; Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 579, 123703 (2019).

23) Zhao, L.; Yang, H.; Liu, C.; Xue, S.; Deng, Z.; Li, J.; Zeng, X.* “The Correlation Between Molecular Structure and Tribological Properties of Graphene Oxide with Different Oxidation Degree”; Tribology Letters, 67, 85 (2019).

24) Deng, Z.*; Livanec P. W.; Deville, J. P. “Novel water-based fluids for oil-sands drilling”; SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference 2015, 174420, 909-917 (2015).

25) Klimov, N.; Zhu, S.; Deng, Z.; Li, T.; Cannara, R. J*. “Effects of surface compliance and relaxation on the frictional properties of lamellar materials”; RSC Adv., 4, 26721-26728 (2014).

26) Deng, Z.; Klimov, N.; Xu, H.; Li, T.; Solares, S.; Cannara, R. J*. “Nanoscale interfacial friction and adhesion on supported versus suspended monolayer and multilayer graphene”; Langmuir, 29, 235-243 (2013).

27) Deng, Z.; Smolyanitsky, A.; Li, Q. Y.; Feng, X. Q.; Cannara, R. J.* “Adhesion-dependent negative friction coefficient on chemically modified graphite at the nanoscale”; Nature Materials, 11(12), 1032-1037 (2012).

28) Barkley, S.#; Deng, Z.#; Gates, R. S.; Reitsma, M. G.; Cannara, R. J*. “Quantitative comparison of two independent lateral force calibration techniques for the atomic force microscope”; Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 023707 (2012).

29) Deng, Z.; Smolyanitsky, A.; Li, Q.; Feng, X.-Q.; Cannara, R. J*. Toward a probe-based method for determining exfoliation energies of lamellar materials”; Proceedings of the 2012 12th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), 6321953 (2012).


Biophysical Applications of Scanning Probe Microscopy

30) Li, J. R.; Shi, L. F.; Deng, Z.; Lo, S. H.; Liu, G. Y*. “Nanostructures of Designed Geometry and Functionality Enable Regulation of Cellular Signaling Processes”; Biochemistry, 51 (30), 5876–5893 (2012).

31) Deng, Z.; Weng, I. C.; Chen, H. Y.; Liu, F. T.; Liu, G. Y*. “Engineered nanostructures of antigen provide an effective means for regulating mast cell activation”; ACS Nano, 5(11), 8672-8683 (2011).

32) Koehne J. E.; Stevens R. M.; Zink T.; Deng, Z.; Chen, H. Y.; Weng I. C.; Liu, F. T.; Liu, G. Y*.  “Using carbon nanotube probes for high-resolution three-dimensional imaging of cells”; Ultramicroscopy, 111, 1155-1162 (2011).

33) Deng, Z.; Lulevich, V.; Liu, G. Y*. “Applications of atomic force microscopy in biophysical chemistry of cells”; Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, 5971-5982 (2010).

34) Fleming, C. J.; Liu, Y. X.; Deng, Z.; Liu, G. Y*. “Revealing hyperfine features of dendrimers using scanning tunneling microscopy”; Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 113, 4168-4174 (2009).

35) Deng, Z.; Zink, T. R.; Chen, H. Y.; Walters, D.; Liu, F. T.; Liu, G. Y*.“Impact of actin rearrangement and degranulation on the membrane structure of primary mast cells: a combined atomic force and laser scanning confocal microscopy investigation”; Biophysical Journal, 96, 1629-1639 (2009).

36) Zink, T. R.; Deng, Z.; Chen, H. Y.; Liu, F. T.; Liu, G. Y*.  “High resolution three‐dimensional imaging of the rich membrane structures of bone marrow‐derived mast cells”; Ultramicroscopy, 109, 22-31 (2008).


International Patents

37) USPO:Cannara, R. J.; Sharifi, F.; Deng, Z. US8763161B2: Zero thermal expansion, low heat transfer, variable temperature sample assembly for probe microscopy (2014).

38) WIPO:Deng, Z.; Devil, J. P.; Livanec P. WO2016171655: Methods for quantifying nitrogen-containing compounds in subterranean treatment fluids (2015).