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Prof. Zijian Zheng
Fashion & Textile Technology - Chemistry
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Prof. Zijian Zheng is currently Professor at the Institute of Textile and Clothing (ITC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are surface science, self-assembly, nanolithography, polymer science, and bendable/stretchable/wearable/graphene materials and electronic devices. He received his B. Eng. with honor from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2003. Between 2004 and 2007, Prof. Zheng moved to the Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at University of Cambridge for his PhD study under the supervision of Prof. Wilhelm T. S. Huck, where he worked on nanotechnology and organic optoelectronics. In 2008, Prof. Zheng joined the group of Prof. Chad A. Mirkin as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University, working on the development of Dip-Pen Nanolithography and Polymer Pen Lithography. He joined ITC as Assistant Professor in 2009 and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor via a fast track in 2013. Prof. Zheng is known in his contribution to flexible and wearable electronics and surface patterning. He has published more than 60 papers in high-impact international scientific journals including Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Journal of the America Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, and Nano letters. He also files 15 international and China patents. He serves as Guest Editor for Advanced Materials and Small. He is recipient of more than 10 academic awards such as Geneva Innovation Award (2015), Future Leaders Award (2015) and Early Career Award (2016).

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2007
B.Eng. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Tsinghua University, P.R. China, 2003

Area of Specialization (Teaching & Research)


Taught Subjects

  • Textile Materials 
  • Textile Study I 
  • Quality Evaluation for Fashion and Textiles 
  • Introduction to Nanofunctional Texitle 
  • Final Year Project 


Research interest: polymer science, nanoscience and nanotechnology, surface chemistry, organic electronics, materials science and engineering.

  • Principle Investigator of 26 competitive research grants (~HK$ 20,000,000)
  • Co-Principle Investigator of 5 research projects (~HK$ 35,000,000)
  • Co-Investigator of 8 competitive research grants (~HK$ 22,000,000)

Publications / Exhibitions

5 representative papers

  • Wearable Energy-Dense and Power-Dense Supercapacitor Yarns Enabled by Scalable Graphene-Metallic Textile Composite Electrodes”. L. Liu, Y. Yu, C. Yan, K. Li, Z. J. Zheng*,  Commun.2015, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8260.

  • “Full-Solution processed flexible organic solar cells using low-cost printable copper electrodes”. K. Li, H. Zhen. L. Niu, X. Fang, Y. Zhang, R. Guo, Y. Yu, F. Yan, H. Li, Z. J. Zheng*, Mater. 2014, 26, 7271.

  • “Matrix-Assisted Catalytic Printing for the Fabrication of Multi-Scale, Flexible, Foldable, and Stretchable Metal Conductors”. Guo, Y. Yu, Z. Xie, X. Liu, X. Zhou, Y. Gao, Z. Liu, F. Zhou, Y. Yang, Z. J. Zheng*, Adv. Mater.2013, 25, 3343.

  • “Fabrication of Arbitrary Three-Dimensional Polymer Structures by Rational Control of Spacing between Nanobrushes”. Zhou, X. Wang, Y. Shen, Z. Xie, Z. J. Zheng*,Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 6506.
  •  “Polymer Pen Lithography”. F. Huo, Z. J. Zheng, G. Zheng, L. R. Giam, H. Zhang, C. A. Mirkin*,Science 2008, 321, 1658.

Academic Awards and Other Achievements

  • Early Career Award of Young Giants of Nanoscience (2016)

  • Faculty Award, HK PolyU (2016)

  • Emerging Investigator Theme of JMC A, RSC (2015)

  • Top-100 Engineers, International Biographic Center (2015)

  • Future Leaders Award, STS Japan (2015)

  • GENEVA International Technology Invention Award Silver Metal, Switzland (2015)

  • Visiting Professor Program of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities, Tsinghua University (2014)

  • Outstanding Researcher Award, Shenzhen City (2012)

  • EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award, UK (2005-2007)

  • Chinese Government Research Student Award, China (2006)

  • Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) Studentship, UK (2004-2007)

  • Honored Graduate, Tsinghua University (2003)

  • “SK” Award, Tsinghua University (2002)

  • “12·9” Award, Tsinghua University (2001)

  • Tsinghua Scholarship, Tsinghua University (2000)




  • >110 plenary/keynote/invited talks in academic seminars/workshops/conferences.

  • 16 patents and applications

  • Chief supervisor of 15 PhD, 1 MPhil, 14 postdocs, 5 research assistants.