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Dr. ZHANG, Kaili

PhD(NUS), Postdoc(LAAS-CNRS), Postdoc(ETH Zurich)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B6616
Phone: +(852)-3442-7845
Email: kaizhang@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Nanoenergetics-on-a-chip
  • Energetic materials
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Supercapacitor
  • Energy

Education & Work Experience

2015 - present Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2009 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for the Analysis and Architecture of Systems, French National Center for Scientific Research (LAAS-CNRS), France
2001 - 2006 PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Recent Achievements of Students

  1. TORABI Mohsen (PhD student):
    1. Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship 2012.
    2. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2012/13.
    3. Research Tuition Scholarship for 01 Oct 2013 to 30 Sep 2014.
    4. Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarship 2013/14.
    5. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2013/14.
    6. Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarship 2014/15.
    7. College of Science and Engineering Student Research Excellence Awards 2014/15.
    8. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2015/16.

  2. ZHOU Xiang (PhD student):
    1. Institutional Research Tuition Scholarship for 01 Oct 2013 to 30 Sep 2014.
    2. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2013/14.
    3. Institutional Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2014 to 31 Aug 2015.
    4. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2015/16.

  3. DONG Jichen (PhD student):
    1. Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship 2013.
    2. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship 2013.
    3. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2015/16.
    4. Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2015 to 31 Aug 2016.

  4. ZHANG Qiaobao (PhD student):
    1. Institutional Research Tuition Scholarship for 01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015.
    2. College of Science and Engineering Student Research Excellence Awards 2013/14.
    3. Institutional Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2014 to 31 Aug 2015.
    4. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2013/14.
    5. Institutional Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2015 to 31 Aug 2016.
    6. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2015/16.
    7. Outstanding Research Thesis Award 2016.
    8. Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2016.

  5. YANG Shaoran (PhD student):
    1. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2016/17.
    2. Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2016 to 31 Aug 2017.

  6. WU Shuilin (PhD student):
    1. Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students, 2016/17.
    2. Research Tuition Scholarship for 1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018.

Selected Journal Publications (* corresponding author)

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  1. Q. Zhang, K. Zhang*, D. Xu, G. Yang, H. Huang, F. Nie, C. Liu, S. Yang, “CuO nanostructures: synthesis, characterization, growth mechanisms, fundamental properties, and applications”, Progress in Materials Science, vol. 60, pp. 208-337, 2014. (Most cited articles, > 400)
  2. S. Wu, Z. Zhang, M. Lan, S. Yang, J. Cheng, J. Cai, J. Shen, Y. Zhu, K. Zhang*, W. Zhang*, “Lithiophilic Cu-CuO-Ni hybrid structure: advanced current collectors towards stable lithium metal anodes”, Advanced Materials, 1705830, 2018.
  3. J. Cai, C. Wu, S. Yang, Y. Zhu, P.K. Sheng*, K. Zhang*, “Templated and catalytic fabrication of N-doped hierarchical porous carbon-carbon nanotubes hybrids as host for lithium–sulfur batteries”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 9, pp. 33876-33886, 2017.
  4. S. Yang, C. Wu, J. Cai, Y. Zhu, H. Zhang, Y. Lu, K. Zhang*, “Seed-assisted smart construction of high mass loading Ni–Co–Mn hydroxide nanoflakes for supercapacitor applications”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 5, pp. 16776-16785, 2017.
  5. Y. Zhu, X. Zhou, C. Wu, H. Cheng, Z. Lu, K. Zhang*, “Si wire supported MnO2/Al/fluorocarbon 3D core/shell nanoenergetic arrays with long-term storage stability", Scientific Reports, vol. 7, pp. 6678, 2017.
  6. C. Wu, J. Cai, Y. Zhu, K. Zhang*, “Hybrid reduced graphene oxide nanosheet supported Mn-Ni-Co ternary oxides for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 9, pp. 19114-19123, 2017.
  7. J. Dong, H. Wang, H. Peng, Z. Liu, K. Zhang*, F. Ding*, “Formation mechanism of overlapping grain boundaries in graphene chemical vapor deposition growth”, Chemical Science, vol. 8, pp. 2209-2214, 2017.
  8. J. Cai, C. Wu, Y. Zhu, K. Zhang*, P.K. Sheng*, “Sulfur impregnated N, P co-doped hierarchical porous carbon as cathode for high performance Li-S batteries”, Journal of Power Sources, vol. 341, pp. 165-174, 2017.
  9. Q. Zhang, B. Zhao, J. Wang, C. Qu, H. Sun, K. Zhang*, M. Liu*, “High-performance hybrid supercapacitors based on self-supported 3D ultrathin porous quaternary Zn-Ni-Al-Co oxide nanosheets”, Nano Energy, vol. 28, pp. 475-485, 2016.
  10. H. Zhang, J. Tersoff, S. Xu, H. Chen, Q. Zhang, K. Zhang, Y. Yang, C. Lee, K. Tu*, J. Li*, Y. Lu* “Approaching the ideal elastic strain limit in silicon nanowires”, Science Advances, vol. 2, e1501382, 1-8, 2016.
  11. C. Wu, S. Yang, J. Cai, Q. Zhang, Y. Zhu, K. Zhang*, “Activated microporous carbon derived from almond shell for high energy density asymmetric supercapacitors”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 15288−15296, 2016.
  12. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, N. Karimi, G.P. Peterson, “Entropy generation in thermal systems with solid structures - A concise review”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 97, pp. 917-931, 2016.
  13. Q. Zhang, H. Chen, X. Han, J. Cai, Y. Yang*, M. Liu*, K. Zhang*, “Graphene-encapsulated 3D hierarchical ternary zinc-nickel-cobalt oxide microspheres constructed from highly porous ultrathin nanosheets for enhanced lithium storage”, ChemSusChem, vol. 9, pp. 186-196, 2016. (Front cover)
  14. Q. Zhang, J. Wang, J. Dong, F. Ding, X. Li, B. Zhang*, S. Yang, K. Zhang*, “Facile general strategy toward hierarchical mesoporous metal oxides arrays on three-dimensional macroporous foam with superior lithium storage properties”, Nano Energy, vol. 13, pp. 77-91, 2015.
  15. J. Wang, Q. Zhang, X. Li, B. Zhang*, L. Mai*, K. Zhang*, “Smart construction of three-dimensional hierarchical tubular transition metal oxide core/shell heterostructures with high-capacity and long-cycle-life lithium storage”, Nano Energy, vol. 12, pp. 437-446, 2015.
  16. H. Chen, Q. Zhang, X. Han, M. Liu, Y. Yang*, K. Zhang*, “3D hierarchical porous zinc-nickel-cobalt oxides nanosheets grown on Ni foam as binder-free electrodes for electrochemical energy storage”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, pp. 24022-24032, 2015.
  17. C. Wu, J. Cai, Q. Zhang, X. Zhou, Y. Zhu, P.K. Sheng*, K. Zhang*, “Hierarchical mesoporous zinc-nickel-cobalt ternary oxide nanowire arrays on nickel foam as high performance electrodes for supercapacitors”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, pp. 26512-26521, 2015.
  18. M. Torabi*, N. Karimi, K. Zhang, “Heat transfer and second law analyses of forced convection in a channel partially filled by porous media and featuring internal heat sources”, Energy, vol. 93, pp. 106-127, 2015.
  19. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “First and second thermodynamic laws analyses between and inside two rotating solid cylindrical geometries with magnetohydrodynamic flow”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 89, pp. 760-769, 2015.
  20. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “Temperature distribution, local and total entropy generation analyses in MHD porous channels with thick walls”, Energy, vol. 87, pp. 540-554, 2015.
  21. X. Zhou, D. Xu, J. Lu, K. Zhang*, “CuO/Mg/fluorocarbon sandwich-structure superhydrophobic nanoenergetic composite with anti-humidity property”, Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 266, pp. 163-170, 2015.
  22. Z. Qiao, J. Shen, J. Wang, B. Huang, Z. Yang, G. Yang*, K. Zhang, “Fast deflagration to detonation transition of energetic material based on a quasi-core/shell structured nanothermite composite”, Composites Science and Technology, vol. 107, pp. 113-119, 2015.
  23. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, S. Mahmud, “Temperature and entropy generation analyses between and inside rotating cylinders using copper–water nanofluid”, Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 137, 051701, 2015.
  24. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “Heat transfer and thermodynamic performance of convective-radiative cooling double layer walls with temperature-dependent thermal conductivity and internal heat generation”, Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 89, pp. 12-23, 2015.
  25. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, G. Yang, J. Wang, P. Wu, “Heat transfer and entropy generation analyses in a channel partially filled with porous media using local thermal non-equilibrium model”, Energy, vol. 82, pp. 922-938, 2015.
  26. L. Li, Z. Chen*, Q. Zhang, M. Xu, X. Zhou, H. Zhu, K. Zhang*, “A Hydrolysis-Hydrothermal route to synthesis of ultrathin LiAlO2-inlayed LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 as high performance cathode material for lithium ion batteries”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, pp. 894-904, 2015.
  27. J. Dong, K. Zhang*, F. Ding*, “Hydrogenation of bilayer graphene: A small twist makes a big difference”, Nano Research, vol. 8, pp. 3887-3897, 2015.
  28. H. Chen, Q. Zhang, J. Wang, Q. Wang, X. Zhou, X. Li, Y. Yang*, K. Zhang*, “Mesoporous ZnCo2O4 microspheres composed of ultrathin nanosheets cross-linked with metallic NiSix nanowires on Ni foam as anodes for lithium ion batteries”, Nano Energy, vol. 10, pp. 245-258, 2014.
  29. J. Wang, Q. Zhang, X. Li*, D. Xu, Z. Wang, H. Guo, K. Zhang*, “Three-dimensional hierarchical Co3O4/CuO nanowire heterostructure arrays on nickel foam for high-performance lithium ion batteries”, Nano Energy, vol. 6, pp. 19-26, 2014.
  30. X. Zhou, M. Torabi, J. Lu, R. Shen, K. Zhang*, “Nanostructured energetic composites: synthesis, ignition/combustion modeling, and applications”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 6, pp. 3058−3074, 2014.
  31. X. Zhou, D. Xu, G. Yang, Q. Zhang, J. Shen, K. Zhang*, “Highly exothermic and superhydrophobic Mg/fluorocarbon core/shell nanoenergetic arrays”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 6, pp. 10497-10505, 2014.
  32. Q. Zhang, D. Xu, X. Zhou, X. Wu, K. Zhang*, “In situ synthesis of CuO and Cu nanostructures with promising electrochemical and wettability properties”, Small, vol. 10, pp. 935-943, 2014. (Top 10 hot articles in Small in Nov-Dec 2013 highlighted by MaterialsViews)
  33. Q. Zhang, H. Chen, J. Wang, D. Xu, X. Li, Y. Yang*, K. Zhang*, “Facile and controlled growth of hierarchical three-dimensional mesoporous NiSix/NiCo2O4 core/shell heterostructures on nickel foam for high performance lithium-ion batteries”, ChemSusChem, vol. 7, pp. 2325-2334, 2014.
  34. H. Chen, Q. Zhang, J. Wang, D. Xu, X. Li, Y. Yang*, K. Zhang*, “Improved lithium ion battery performance by mesoporous Co3O4 nanosheets grown on self-standing NiSix nanowires on nickel foam”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 2, pp. 8483-8490, 2014.
  35. Q. Zhang, J. Wang, D. Xu, Z. Wang*, X. Li, K. Zhang*, “Facile large-scale synthesis of vertically aligned CuO nanowires on nickel foam: growth mechanism and remarkable electrochemical performance”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 2, pp. 3865-3874, 2014.
  36. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, G. Yang, J. Wang, P. Wu, “Temperature distribution, local and total entropy generation analyses in asymmetric cooling composite geometries with multiple nonlinearities; Effect of imperfect thermal contact Energy”, Energy, vol. 78, pp. 218-234, 2014.
  37. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “Multi-dimensional dual-phase-lag heat conduction in cylindrical coordinates: Analytical and numerical solutions”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 78, pp. 960-966, 2014.
  38. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “Temperature distribution and classical entropy generation analyses in an asymmetric cooling composite hollow cylinder with temperature dependent thermal conductivity and internal heat generation”, Energy, vol. 73, 484-496, 2014.
  39. M. Torabi*, K. Zhang, “Classical entropy generation analysis in cooled homogenous and functionally graded material slabs with variation of internal heat generation with temperature, and convective-radiative boundary conditions”, Energy, vol. 65, pp. 387-397, 2014.
  40. M. He*, J. Dong, K. Zhang, F. Ding*, H. Jiang, A. Loiseau, J. Lehtonen, E.I. Kauppinen, “Precise determination of the threshold diameter for single-walled carbon nanotube to collapse”, ACS Nano, vol. 8, pp. 9657-9663, 2014.
  41. J. Shen, Z. Qiao, J. Wang, K. Zhang, R. Li, G. Yang*, F. Nie, “Pressure loss and compensation in the combustion process of Al-CuO nanoenergetics on a microheater chip”, Combustion and Flame, vol. 161, pp. 2975-2981, 2014.
  42. X. Zhou, D. Xu, Q. Zhang, J. Lu, K. Zhang*, “Facile green in situ synthesis of Mg/CuO core/shell nanoenergetic arrays with a superior heat-release property and long-term storage stability”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 5, pp. 7641−7646, 2013.
  43. Q. Zhang, D. Xu, T. Hung, K. Zhang*, “Facile synthesis, growth mechanism and reversible superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic properties of non-flaking CuO nanowires grown from porous copper substrates”, Nanotechnology, vol. 24, 065602, 2013.
  44. M. Torabi*, A. Aziz, K. Zhang, “A comparative study of longitudinal fins of rectangular, trapezoidal and concave parabolic profiles with multiple nonlinearities”, Energy, vol. 51, pp. 243-256, 2013.
  45. D. Xu, Y. Yang, H. Cheng, Y. Li, K. Zhang*, “Integration of nano-Al with Co3O4 nanorods to realize high-exothermic core-shell nanoenergetic materials on a silicon substrate”, Combustion and Flame, vol. 159, pp. 2202-2209, 2012.
  46. Y. Yang, D. Xu, K. Zhang*, “Effect of nanostructures on the exothermic reaction and ignition of Al/CuOx based energetic materials”, Journal of Materials Science, vol. 47, pp. 1296-1305, 2012.
  47. S.K. Chou*, W.M. Yang, K.J. Chua, J. Li, K. Zhang, “Development of micro power generators – a review”, Applied Energy, vol. 88, pp. 1-16, 2011.
  48. Q. Tang, Y. Chan*, K. Zhang, “Fast response resistive humidity sensitivity of polyimide/multiwall carbon nanotube composite films”, Sensors & Actuators, B: Chemical, vol. 152, pp. 99-106, 2011.
  49. K. Zhang*, Y. Yang, E. Pun, R. Shen, “Local and CMOS-compatible synthesis of CuO nanowires on a suspended microheater on a silicon substrate”, Nanotechnology, vol. 21, 235602, 2010. (Featured article as Nanotechnology cover story; Highlighted in Nanotechweb)
  50. K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, C. Tenailleau, P. Alphonse, “Aligned three-dimensional prism-like magnesium nanostructures realized onto silicon substrate”, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 92, 063123, 2008.
  51. K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, P. Alphonse, C. Tenailleau, “Synthesis of NiO nanowalls by thermal treatment of Ni thin film deposited onto a stainless steel substrate”, Nanotechnology, vol. 19, 155605, 2008.
  52. K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, M. Petrantoni, N. Mauran, “A nano initiator realized by integrating Al/CuO-based nanoenergetic materials with a Au/Pt/Cr microheater”, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 17, pp. 832-836, 2008.
  53. K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, C. Tenailleau, P. Alphonse, G. Rodriguez, “Development of a nano Al/CuO based energetic material on silicon substrate”, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 91, 113117, 2007.
  54. K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, C. Tenailleau, P. Alphonse, J. Ching, “Synthesis of large-area and aligned copper oxide nanowires from copper thin film on silicon substrate”, Nanotechnology, vol. 18, 275607, 2007.
  55. C. Rossi*, K. Zhang*, D. Esteve, P. Alphonse, P. Tailhades, C. Vahlas, “Nano energetic materials for MEMS: a review”, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 16, pp. 919-931, 2007.
  56. H. Yu, K. Zhang*, C. Rossi, “Theoretical study on photocatalytic oxidation of VOCs using nano-TiO2 photocatalyst”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, vol. 188, pp. 65-73, 2007.
  57. K. Zhang*, S.K. Chou, S.S. Ang, “Fabrication, modeling and testing of a thin film Au/Ti microheater”, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, vol. 46, pp. 580-588, 2007.
  58. K. Zhang*, S.K. Chou, S.S. Ang, “Performance prediction of a novel solid-propellant microthruster”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 22, pp. 56-63, 2006.
  59. K. Zhang*, S.K. Chou, S.S. Ang, “Development of a low temperature co-fired ceramic solid propellant microthruster”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 15, pp. 944-952, 2005.
  60. K. Zhang*, S.K. Chou, S.S. Ang, X.S. Tang, “A MEMS-based solid propellant microthruster with Au/Ti igniter”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 122, pp. 113-123, 2005.

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