Xiangwu Zhang is the Samuel S. Walker Distinguished Professor in Textile Innovation and the Associate Dean for Research in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He is also an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and an Inaugural University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University.
Zhang has published two books, five book chapters, and more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. Zhang has also delivered over 200 presentations in international and national conferences. Zhang’s research interests focus on nanostructured and multifunctional polymer, composite, fiber, and textile materials with an emphasis on practical applications: i) energy storage and conversion, ii) chemical and biological protection, iii) composites, and iv) nanofinishing. His research encompasses both fundamental materials studies such as synthesis and physical characterization, as well as system design and fabrication. Zhang has received over seven million dollars of research funding from the US government, foundation, and industry.
Following are examples of recent research projects:
- Lithium-Ion Batteries
- Lithium-Air Batteries
- Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
- Sodium-Ion Batteries
- Fuel Cells
- Chemical and Biological Protection Fabrics
- Nano-Finishing of Textile Fabrics
- Advanced Electrospinning Systems
- Advanced Centrifugal Spinning Systems