Department of

Electrical Engineering

Serving society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach

Qiming Zhang

Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

N-219 Millennium Science Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-8994

E-mail: qxz1_at_psu_dot_edu

Research Area: Electronic Materials and Devices

Research Group: Zhang Research Group

Dr. Zhang joined Penn State in 1991. His research area is in novel electronic materials, especially soft electronic materials and ferroelectric based materials, and their device applications. The research conducted in his group covers a broad range of applications of solid state electronic materials such as electromechanical, dielectric, photonic and electro-optic, and pyroelectric applications. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institute of Health, and many industrial companies.


Ph.D. Penn State University, Solid State Physics
B.S.Nanjing University, China, Electronic Physics


Integrated micro-actuators and microsensors, electroactive polymer and nanomaterial system energy devices for electrical energy storage and conversion, ferroelectric/piezoelectric polymer thin film fabrication and thin film devices, theory and modeling of electroactive polymers and nanomaterial systems based on them.

Selected Publications and Patents

Link to selected publications and patents

DARPA Technical Proposal

Honors and Awards

American Physical Society Fellow
IEEE Fellow
Penn State Engineering Society Premier Research Award - 2008
Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award - 1999