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
Honors and Awards
American Physical Society Fellow
Penn State Engineering Society Premier Research Award - 2008
Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award - 1999