Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-G6639
Phone: +852 3442-4559
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: zonglzhu@cityu.edu.hk
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8285-9665
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Research Interests

  • materials innovation and interfacial engineering
  • renewable energy
  • nanotechnology

Dr. Zhu obtained his B.S. degree (Chemistry) in 2010 from Nanjing University (China). In 2015, he earned his Ph.D. degree with a thesis title of “Designing materials, nanostructures and interfaces for Organic/Inorganic/Hybrid Solar Cells” in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Then he moved to the department of materials science and engineering in University of Washington, Seattle and worked as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Zhu joined the City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in June 2018. His research mainly focuses on the design inorganic/organic materials, as well connecting the materials synthesis, physical properties and device performance for optoelectronics application. The current application interests include solar cells, transistors, light-emitting diodes, and electrochemical devices (e.g. batteries, supercapacitors).

Position Availability

Several positions including Postdoctoral Fellows, Postgraduate Students and Research Assistants are available in Dr. Zhu’s research lab. Please kindly contact Dr. Zhu (zonglzhu@cityu.edu.hk) directly if you are interested in.

Selected Publications: (#equal contribution, *corresponding author)
(Full publication list is available here: https://scholar.google.com.ua/citations?user=_HSF3-oAAAAJ&hl=en and https://scholars.cityu.edu.hk/en/persons/zonglong-zhu(d6552e68-3ebf-48ea-8580-8b39b961648c)/publications.html)

  • Zonglong Zhu, Chu-Chen Chueh, Nan Li, Chengyi Mao, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Realizing Efficient Lead-Free Formamidinium Tin Triiodide Perovskite Solar Cells via A Sequential Deposition Route”, Adv. Mater., 2018, 30, 1703800.
  • Zonglong Zhu#, Dongbing Zhao#, Chu-Chen Chueh, Xueliang Shi, Zhongan Li, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Highly Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells Enabled by All-Crosslinked Charge-Transporting Layers”, Joule, 2018, 2, 168.
  • Ke Gao#, Zonglong Zhu#, Bo Xu#, Sae Byeok Jo, Yuanyuan Kan, Xiaobin Peng*, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Highly Efficient Porphyrin-Based OPV/Perovskite Hybrid Solar Cells with Extended Photoresponse and High Fill Factor”, Adv. Mater., 2017, 29, 1703980.
  • Zonglong Zhu, Yang Bai, Xiao Liu, Chu-Chen Chueh*, Shihe Yang, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Enhanced Efficiency and Stability of Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells using Highly Crystalline SnO2 Nanocrystals as the Robust Electron-Transporting Layer”, Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 6478.
  • Zonglong Zhu#, Jing-Qi Xu#, Chu-Chen Chueh, Hongbin Liu, Zhong’an Li, Xiaosong Li, Hongzheng Chen*, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “A Low-Temperature, Solution-Processable Organic Electron-Transporting Layer Based on Planar Coronene for High-performance Conventional Perovskite Solar Cells”, Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 10786.
  • Zhong’an Li #, Zonglong Zhu#, Chu-Chen Chueh, Sae-Byeok Jo, Jingdong Luo, Sei-Hum Jiang, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Rational Design of Dipolar Chromophore as an Efficient Dopant-Free Hole-Transporting Material for Perovskite Solar Cells”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 11833.
  • Dongbing Zhao#, Zonglong Zhu#, Ming-Yu Kuo, Chu-Chen Chueh, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “n-Type Hexaazatrinaphthylene Derivatives: A Class of Efficient Electron-Transporting Materials with Tunable Energy Levels for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 8999.
  • Zonglong Zhu, Chu-Chen Chueh, Francis Lin, Alex K.-Y. Jen*, “Enhanced Ambient Stability of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells by Employing a Modified Fullerene Cathode Interlayer”, Adv. Sci., 2016, 3, 1600027.
  • Zonglong Zhu, Jiani Ma, Zilong Wang, Cheng Mu, Zetan Fan, Lili Du, Yang Bai, Louzhen Fan*, He Yan, David Lee Phillips, Shihe Yang*, “Efficiency Enhancement of Perovskite Solar Cells through Fast Electron Extraction: The Role of Graphene Quantum Dots”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 3760.
  • Zonglong Zhu#, Yang Bai#, Teng Zhang, Dr. Zhike Liu, Dr. Xia Long, Zhanhua Wei, Zilong Wang, Lixia Zhang, Prof. Jiannong Wang, Feng Yan, Shihe Yang*, “High-Performance Hole-Extraction Layer of Sol-Gel-Processed NiO Nanocrystals for Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cells”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 12571.