I obtained my master's degree at Northeastern Petroleum University in China (2018). During the period of my three-year study in the Center of Functional Composite led by Prof. Huaiyuan Wang, I made a progress in fabricating superhydrophobic and superamphiphobic materials based on cost-effective chemical routes. While I was focusing on the aspect of material chemistry at the time, I also became experienced in operating SEM/FESEM, XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).
In 2019, I started my PhD study at Swansea University under the support of China Scholarship Council (supervisor: Prof. Christian Klinke). After I moved from Swansea to Warwick, I worked with the Microscopy Group and Terahertz/Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group. I am now supervised by Dr. Jeremy Sloan and Dr. James Lloyd-Hughes.
The project I used to work on was the fabrication of functional composite materials and the investigation of their anti-corrosive properties based on various characterization methods (e.g., SEM/FESEM, XRD, DSC and EIS). My PhD project at Swansea University was the development of narrow bandgap single-crystalline 2D metal chalcogenide nanomaterials (e.g., rock-salt PbS and SnS). My current research in Warwick is to study the atomic structure and transient spectroscopic performance of nanowire-encapsulated single-walled carbon nanotubes (NW-filled SWCNTs). To determine the structure/lattice parameter of these 1D material, I apply Warwick's amazing Aberration-Corrected Annular Dark-Field Scanning Transmission Electron Micrpscopy (AC-ADF-STEM), PeakForce Tapping-based (ScanAsyst) AFM and confocal Raman spectrometers. To "visualize" the exciton dynamics of such materials occurring at a sub-picosecond time scale, I characterize their steady-state and time-resolved spectral properties based on the facilities in Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS).
Publications and Patents
2017Rapid development of thickness‐controllable superamphiphobic coating on the inner wall of long narrow pipes. Ziyi Hu, Huaiyuan Wang, Yixing Zhu, Yanji Zhu, AIChE Journal, 63: 3636–3641, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.15843
2017Toward easily enlarged superhydrophobic materials with stain-resistant, oil–water separation and anticorrosion function by a water-based one-step electrodeposition method. Huaiyuan Wang, Ziyi Hu, Yixing Zhu, Shuhui Yang, Kai Jin, Yanji Zhu, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS), 56, 4, 933-941, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04401
2016A novel electrodeposition route for fabrication of the superhydrophobic surface with unique self-cleaning, mechanical abrasion and corrosion resistance properties. HuaiyuanWang, Yixing Zhu, Ziyi Hu, Xiguang Zhang, Shiqi Wu, Rui Wang, Yanji Zhu, Chemical Engineering Journal, 303, 37-47, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2016.05.133
2017Method and device for preparing high-durability super-hydrophobic film on inner wall of slender metal pipe. Application No.: PCT/CN2016/100885, Publication No.: WO 2018/058457
I am currently a lab demonstrator in 1st Year Physics Laboratory.
2019, 5th-20th September, invited to visit the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Hamburg (Germany).