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Hanyu Zhang

Postdoctoral Researcher I-Chemistry

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Dr. Hanyu Zhang joined NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in 2017. His primary interest at NREL is to investigate approaches that can make 2D materials with better functionality by studying the energetic, structural, charge transfer, and conductivity changes between 2D and interfacial materials. His goal is to advance the field of 2D semiconducting materials, which can be effectively served in a variety of applications, including catalysis, electron/hole transport contacts, solar cells, sensors, and field-effect transistors.

Research Interests

Synthesis and characterization of low-dimensional materials such as 1D single-wall carbon nanotubes and 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (e.g., MoS2)

Thin film fabrications for electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems

Surface chemistry of 2D materials for photochemical and photophysical studies

DNA molecules and origami interactions with chemical adducts for bio-sensing and photodynamic therapy


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University    

Featured Work

H. Zhang, etc., Engineering Chemically-Exfoliated Large-Area Two-Dimensional MoS2 Nanolayers with Porphyrins for Improved Light Harvesting, ChemPhysChem, 17, 2854–2862 (2016).

H. Zhang, etc., DNA Oligonucleotide Templated Nanohybrids Using Electronic Type Sorted Carbon Nanotubes for Light Harvesting, Advanced Materials, 24, 5447–5451 (2012).