Zhaodong Li

Zhaodong Li

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemistry

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In 2018, Zhaodong Li joined NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science Center, supervised by Jeffrey Blackburn, studying the detailed physical and electronic interactions between carbon-fixing bacteria and high surface-area electrodes. His current research interests focus on the investigation of interfacial charge transfer properties of two-dimensional materials—single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT)—heterostructure and their catalytic applications, such as water splitting and CO2 reduction.

He received his doctorate in materials engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison under the supervision of Professor Xudong Wang. His research focused on the fundamental understanding and system design of atomic layer deposition technology and its renewable energy-related applications for his dissertation work. He obtained his bachelor's degree in applied physics at Tianjin University, China, in 2009, and master's degree in physics at Southern University A&M College in 2011. Before joining NREL, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for two-dimensional, vanadium-based materials synthesis and application study.

Also, he serves as a referee for more than 20 scientific journals including Small, Carbon, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, and Journal of Electronic Materials.  

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Research Interests

Bio-materials hybrid system for catalytic carbon recycle process

Two-dimensional materials-SWCNT heterostructure and catalytic applications

Chemical vapor deposition synthesis of two-dimensional materials and energy applications


Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison

B.S., Applied Physics, Tianjin University

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2018–present)

Postdoctoral Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2016–2017)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin- Madison (2012–2016)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Electrochemical Society

Featured Work

Microsecond Charge Separation at Heterojunctions Between Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Materials Horizons (2019)

Vanadium Disulfide Flakes with Nanolayered Titanium Disulfide Coating as Cathode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Nature Communications (2019)

Large Metallic Vanadium Disulfide Ultrathin Flakes for Spintronic Circuits and Quantum Computing Devices, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. (2019)

Surface-Plasmon-Resonance-Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting from Au-Nanoparticle-Decorated 3D TiO2 Nanorod Architectures, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2017)

Hierarchical Branched Vanadium Oxide Nanorod@ Si Nanowire Architecture for High Performance Supercapacitors, Small (2016)

Nanometre-Thick Single-Crystalline Nanosheets Grown at the Water–Air Interface, Nature Communications (2016)

Highly Efficient Capillary Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Using Cellulose Nanofiber-Templated TiO2 Photoanodes, Advanced Materials (2014)

One-Dimensional Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials: Nanowires, Nanorods, and Nanobelts, Chemical Reviews (2014)