Nanjia ZHOU, Ph.D.

School of Engineering

Advanced Materials & Additive Manufacturing Lab (AMAM Lab)

CONTACT

Email: zhounanjia@westlake.edu.cn

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Nanjia ZHOU, Ph.D.

School of Engineering

Advanced Materials & Additive Manufacturing Lab (AMAM Lab)

CONTACT

Email: zhounanjia@westlake.edu.cn

Website:

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less – Marie Curie.


Biography

Dr. Nanjia Zhou will join School of Engineering at Westlake Institute for Advanced Science in September 2018. Nanjia received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering on solution-processed optoelectronics.  He was the recipient of the highest graduate student award from the Materials Research Society (MRS) and was one of eight recipients of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2018) on 3D printed electronics, optics and robotics. His current research focuses on developing novel functional materials for 3D printed soft electronics, optics, robotics and bioelectronics, as well as new 3D printing processes which will enable high resolution, high throughput, digitally programmable multimaterial assembly for a variety of applications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles with total citations >2700, 2 book chapters and 3 patents pending or granted.


Research

My research interests are centered on the interplay between additive manufacturing (AM) and smart materials. AM technologies possess tremendous potentials and virtually unlimited opportunities for both the fundamental and applied research on the synthesis, properties, and processing of materials at multiple length scales. During my PhD study at Northwestern, I focused on electronics and optoelectronic device fabrication via solution processing. I reported the innovative design, synthesis and characterization of electrode, interface, and active layer materials for solution-processed optoelectronics, including organic materials, sol-gel oxides, and perovskites. I continued my research at Harvard University as a Dreyfus postdoctoral fellow working on novel 3D printed electronic and optoelectronic devices via direct ink writing. Specifically, I created radiofrequency electromagnetic devices and circuits that operate at GHz regime, and developed 3D printed optical devices for sensor and display applications. Looking ahead, my research group will continue working on these areas: 1) Novel functional materials development for 3D printing; 2) AM-enabled programmable materials assembly; 3) Novel AM technologies; 4) AM of integrated electronics, optoelectronics, sensors, and soft robots. 


Representative Publications

1.Guo, X.; Zhou, N. (共同一作)); Lou, S. J.; Smith, J.; Tice, D. B.; Hennek, J. W.; Ortiz, R. P.; Navarrete, J. T. L.; Li, S.; Strzalka, J.; Chen, L. X.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Polymer solar cells with enhanced fill factors. Nature Photonics 2013, 7, 825.

2.Zhou, N. ; Kim, M.-G.; Loser, S.; Smith, J.; Yoshida, H.; Guo, X.; Song, C.; Jin, H.; Chen, Z.; Yoon, S. M.; Freeman, A. J.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2015, 112 (26), 7897.

3.Zhou, N. ; Dudnik, A. S.; Li, T. I. N. G.; Manley, E. F.; Aldrich, T. J.; Guo, P.; Liao, H.-C.; Chen, Z.; Chen, L. X.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Olvera de la Cruz, M.; Marks, T. J., All-Polymer Solar Cell Performance Optimized via Systematic Molecular Weight Tuning of Both Donor and Acceptor Polymers. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138 (4), 1240-1251.

4.Zhou, N. ; Guo, X.; Ortiz, R. P.; Harschneck, T.; Manley, E. F.; Lou, S. J.; Hartnett, P. E.; Yu, X.; Horwitz, N. E.; Burrezo, P. M.; Aldrich, T. J.; López Navarrete, J. T.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Chen, L. X.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Marked Consequences of Systematic Oligothiophene Catenation in Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione and Bithiopheneimide Photovoltaic Copolymers. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (39), 12565-12579.

5.Zhou, N. ; Lin, H.; Lou, S. J.; Yu, X.; Guo, P.; Manley, E. F.; Loser, S.; Hartnett, P.; Huang, H.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Chen, L. X.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Morphology‐Performance Relationships in High‐Efficiency All‐Polymer Solar Cells. Advanced Energy Materials 2014, 4 (3), 1300785.

6.Zhou, N. ; Guo, X.; Ortiz, R. P.; Li, S.; Zhang, S.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Bithiophene Imide and Benzodithiophene Copolymers for Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells. Advanced Materials 2012, 24 (17), 2242-2248.

7.Zhou, N. ; Buchholz Donald, B.; Zhu, G.; Yu, X.; Lin, H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks Tobin, J.; Chang Robert, P. H., Ultraflexible Polymer Solar Cells Using Amorphous Zinc−Indium−Tin Oxide Transparent Electrodes. Advanced Materials 2013, 26 (7), 1098-1104.

8.Zhou, N. ; Prabakaran, K.; Lee, B.; Chang, S. H.; Harutyunyan, B.; Guo, P.; Butler, M. R.; Timalsina, A.; Bedzyk, M. J.; Ratner, M. A.; Vegiraju, S.; Yau, S.; Wu, C.-G.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Chen, M.-C.; Marks, T. J., Metal-Free Tetrathienoacene Sensitizers for High-Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137 (13), 4414-4423.

9.Zhou, N. ; Liu, C.; Lewis, J. A.; Ham, D., Gigahertz Electromagnetic Structures via Direct Ink Writing for Radio‐Frequency Oscillator and Transmitter Applications. Advanced Materials 2017, 29 (15), 1605198.

10.Zhou, N. ; Facchetti, A., Naphthalenediimide (NDI) polymers for all-polymer photovoltaics. Materials Today 2018, 21 (4), 377-390.

11.Zhou, N. ; Lee, B.; Timalsina, A.; Guo, P.; Yu, X.; Marks, T. J.; Facchetti, A.; Chang, R. P. H., Cross-Linkable Molecular Hole-Transporting Semiconductor for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118 (30), 16967-16975.

12.Zhou, N. ; Vegiraju, S.; Yu, X.; Manley, E. F.; Butler, M. R.; Leonardi, M. J.; Guo, P.; Zhao, W.; Hu, Y.; Prabakaran, K.; Chang, R. P. H.; Ratner, M. A.; Chen, L. X.; Facchetti, A.; Chen, M.-C.; Marks, T. J., Diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) functionalized tetrathienothiophene (TTA) small molecules for organic thin film transistors and photovoltaic cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2015, 3 (34), 8932-8941.

13.Guo, X.; Zhou, N. (共同一作); Lou, S. J.; Hennek, J. W.; Ponce Ortiz, R.; Butler, M. R.; Boudreault, P.-L. T.; Strzalka, J.; Morin, P.-O.; Leclerc, M.; López Navarrete, J. T.; Ratner, M. A.; Chen, L. X.; Chang, R. P. H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. J., Bithiopheneimide–Dithienosilole/Dithienogermole Copolymers for Efficient Solar Cells: Information from Structure–Property–Device Performance Correlations and Comparison to Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione Analogues. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134 (44), 18427-18439.