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Dr Zhenyu Zhang

Lecturer in renewable energy



I am a lecturer in renewable energy (energy storage) at the University of Exeter. Before joining the University of Exeter in Jan 2023, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Faraday Institution at University College London since 2018. I obtained PhD degree in Materials Science in 2016, from City University of Hong Kong.


Research interests:

My research is based on the interdisciplinary study of physics, chemistry, materials and energy engineering. The research areas of interest include:

  • Degradation mechanism study of electrode/electrolyte bulk materials and interfaces in batteries, by various in situ/ex situ microscopy, spectroscopy and electrochemical methods.
  • Synthesis, characterization and practical application of solid state electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries.
  • Graphene materials and their application in electrochemical energy conversion, such as hydrogen evolution and redox flow batteries.
  • Inorganic nanomaterials and their energy conversion and storage applications, such as lithium/beyond lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors and electrochemical catalysis.


Teaching: ENE1003 Science for Energy Engineering (Module convenor)

                      ENE3007 Energy Storage Technology

                      ENEM105 Low Carbon Vehicles and transport

                      ENE3011 Renewable Energy Dissertation


Member of Royal Society of Chemistry

Associate fellow of Higher Education of Academy.

Associate editor for Electrochemistry of the journal Frontiers in Chemistry.


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