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ADDRESS: Professor, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical

       Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

       Lanzhou, 730000,  China.





1. B.Sc. in Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China, 7.1997

2. M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China, 7.2000

3. Ph.D. in Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, 5. 2004

4. Research associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK 4.2005-3.2008

Positions and Honors:

· State key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics.

 · Deputy Director.

· Professor, 2008-present, Associate Professor, May, 2004 – March 2005.

· Guest Professor at University of Shihezi, from 2011.

· “Young Excellence in Science and Technology of Gansu Province”,2009.

· “Young Scholar Award in Tribology”,Chinese Engineering Institute, 2009.

· “National Young Excellence”Award from National Science Foundation of China, 2011.

· “Young Scholar Award of Chemistry”,Chinese Chemical Society, 2011.

·"Outstanding Youth Award", International Society of Bionic Engineering, 2013

Research Interests:

· Surfaces/Interfaces of soft matters

· Functional coatings with extreme wetting and tunable adhesion

· Engineering coatings for oil seal, drag-reduction and antibiofouling

· Biolubrication


  • Ran Zhang , Shuanhong Ma , Qiangbing Wei , Qian Ye , Bo Yu*, Jasper van der Gucht*, and Feng Zhou*, The Weak Interaction of Surfactants with Polymer Brushes and Its Impact on Lubricating Behavior,  Macromolecules, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01267
  • Peng Lin, Shuanhong Ma, Xiaolong Wang*, Feng Zhou*, Molecularly Engineered Dual-crosslinked Hydrogel with Ultra-High Mechanical Strength, Toughness and Good Self-recovery,  Advanced Materials.2015,27(12),2054~2059
  • Wenbo Sheng, Bin Li, Xiaolong wang, Bin Dai, Bo Yu*, Xin Jia* and Feng Zhou*, Brushing up from “Anywhere” under Sunlight: A Universal Surface-Initiated Polymerization from Polydopamine-Coated Surfaces, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2068-2073.
  • Yang Wu, Qiangbing Wei, Meirong Cai and Feng Zhou,* Interfacial Friction Control, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2015, 2(2). DOI: 10.1002/admi.201400392. Cover
  • Bin Li, Bo Yu, Qian Ye, Feng Zhou*, Tapping the Potential of Polymer Brushes through Synthesis, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2015, 48 (2) : 229–237. 
  • Shuanhong Ma, Daoai Wang*, Yongmin Liang, Baoquan Sun, Stanislav N. Gorb,* and Feng Zhou,*  Gecko-inspired but Chemically Switched Friction and Adhesion on Nanofibrillar Surfaces, Small2015,11(9-10) : 1131-1137.
  • Yanhua Liu, Zhilu Liu, Yupeng Liu, Haiyuan Hu, Bo Yu*, Yi Li, Pengxun Yan, Feng Zhou*, One-step Modification of Fabrics with Bioinspired Polydopamine@octadecylamine Nanocapsules for Robust and Healable Self-cleaning Performance, Small, 2015, 11(4) : 426-431.
  • Yang Wu, Xiaowei Pei, Xiaolong Wang*, Yongmin Liang, Weimin Liu, Feng Zhou*, Biomimicking yet beyond Fish Skin: Multiply Regulating Friction with Responsive Hydrogels, NPG Asia Materials, NPG Asia Materials (2014) 6, e136.
  • Tingting Gao, Sze-Wing Ng, Xuqing Liu, Liyong Niu, Zhuang Xie, Ruisheng Guo, Chaojian Chen, Xuechang Zhou, Jun Ma, Wei Jin, Ying-San Chui, Wenjun Zhang, Feng Zhou and Zijian Zheng, Transferable, transparent and functional polymer@graphene 2D objects, NPG Asia Materials, NPG Asia Materials (2014) 6, e130.
  • Shuanhong Ma, Jianxi Liu, Qian Ye, Daoai Wang*, Yong-Min Liang and Feng Zhou*, A General Approach for Construction of Asymmetric Modification Membranes for Gated Flow Nanochannels, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 8804-8814
  • Qiangbing Wei, Meirong Cai, Feng Zhou*, and Weimin Liu*, Dramatically Tuning Friction Using Responsive Polyelectrolyte Brushes, Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 9368-9379. 
    Yang Wu, Yahui Xue, Xiaowei Pei, Meirong Cai, Huiling Duan*, Wilhelm T. S. Huck*, Feng Zhou*, and Qunji Xue, Adhesion-regulated Switchable Fluid Slippage on Super-hydrophobic Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 2564-2569.
  • Ruisheng Guo, You Yu, Zhuang Xie, Xuqing Liu, Xuechang Zhou, Yufan Gao, Zhilu Liu, Feng Zhou, Yong Yang, Zijian Zheng,* Matrix-Assisted Catalytic Printing for the Fabrication of Multiscale, Flexible, Foldable, and Stretchable Metal Conductors, Adv.Mater. 2013, 25, 3343-3350.
  • Qiangbing Wei, Meirong Cai, Feng Zhou*, and Weimin Liu* Dramatically Tuning Friction Using Responsive Polyelectrolyte Brushes, Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 9368-9379.
  • Junfeng Yan, Bin Li, Bo Yu, Wilhelm T S Huck*, Weimin Liu*, Feng Zhou*,  Controlled Polymer-Brush Growth from Microliter Volumes using Sacrificial-Anode Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerizationfrom, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 201352, 9125-9129.  Hot Paperback cover
  • Bin Li, Bo Yu, Wilhelm T. S. Huck, Weimin Liu, Feng Zhou*, Electrochemically mediated atom transfer radical polymerization on nonconducting substrates: controlled brush growth through catalyst diffusion, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135,1708-1710.
  • Bin Li, Bo Yu, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu, Electrochemically induced surface-initiated atomic transfer radical polymerization, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 5092-5095. Hot Paper.
  • Xinjie Liu, Yongmin Liang, Feng Zhou* and Weimin Liu, Extreme wettability and tunable adhesion: biomimicking beyond nature? Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2070-2086, (Top Ten most-read Soft Matter articles in December 2011, January 2012 and March 2012; ranked number 1 of the most down-loaded articles of Soft Matter in 2012)
  • Xiaolong Wang, Xinjie Liu, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu, Self-healing superamphiphobicity, Chem. Comm., 2011, 47, 2324- 2326. Highlighted by Nature Asia-pacific.
  • Junfeng Yan, Feng Zhou*, TiO2 nanotubes: structure optimization for solar cells, J. Mater. Chem. 201121, 9406-9418. invited review, top ten most read in Aug. 2011
  • Qian Ye, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu, Bioinspired catecholic chemistry for surface modification, Chem. Soc. Rev., 201140, 4244-4258. Invited review 
  • Weici Wu, Xiaolong Wang, Daoai Wang, Miao Chen, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu*, Qunji Xue, Alumina nanowire forests viaunconventional anodization and super-repellency plus low adhesion to diverse liquids, Chem. Comm.2009, 1043-1045. Hot paper, Highlighted by Chemical Technology
  • Daoai Wang, Bo Yu, Chengwei Wang, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu*, A Novel Protocol Towards Perfect Alignment of Anodized TiO2 Nanotubes, Adv. Mater.2009, 21, 1964-1967.
  • Daoai Wang, Ying Liu, Chengwei Wang, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu*,Highly Flexible Coaxial NanohybridsMade from Porous TiO2 Nanotubes, ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 1249–1257.
  • Daoai Wang, Tianchang Hu, Litian Hu*, Bo Yu, Yanqiu Xia, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu*, Microstructured Arrays of TiO2 Nanotubes for Improved Photo-Electrocatalysis and Mechanical Stability, Adv. Funct. Mater.200919, 1-9.
  • Daoai Wang, Ying Liu, Bo Yu, Feng Zhou*, Weimin Liu, TiO2 Nanotubes with Tunable Morphology, Diameter, and Length: Synthesis and Photo-Electrical/Catalytic Performance, Chem. Mater., 2009, 21, 1198–1206.
  • Feng Zhou, Yongmin Liang, Weimin Liu*, Ionic Liquid Lubricants: Designed Chemistry for Engineering Applications, Chem. Soc. Rev., 200938, 2590–2599. Invited review
  • Feng Zhou, P. Maarten Biesheuvel, Eun-Young Choi, Wenmiao Shu, Rosa Poetes, Ullrich Steiner, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Polyelectrolyte Brush Amplified Electroactuation of Microcantilevers, Nano Letters2008, 8, 725-730.
  • Feng Zhou, Haiyuan Hu, Bo Yu, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Weimin Liu Probing Responsive Behavior of Polyelectrolyte Brush with Electrochemical Impedance Spectra, Analytical Chemistry, 2007, 79, 176-182.
  •  Feng Zhou, Wenmiao Shu, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Mark E Welland, Highly Reversible and Multi-Stage Manipulation of Microcantilever Motion Driven by Polyelectrolyte Brush, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 5326-5327.
  • Feng Zhou, Zijian Zheng, Bo Yu, Weimin Liu, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Multicomponent Polymer Brushes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 16253-16258.
  • Feng Zhou, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck, Polymer Brushes: More Flexible Interfacial Solutions than Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) Feature articles, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 3815–3823. feature article. Hot paper
  • Feng Zhou, Lei Jiang, Weimin Liu, Qunji Xue, Chemically Tethered Binary Polymer Brush Pattern. Macro. Rapid Commun., 200425, 1979-1983.
  • Feng Zhou, Miao Chen, Weimin Liu, Jianxi Liu, Zhilu Liu, Zonggang Mu, Fabrication of Positively Patterned Conducting Polymer via One Step Electro-deposition. Adv. Mater., 2003, 15, 1367-1370.
  • Feng Zhou, Weimin Liu, Jingcheng Hao, Tao Xu, Miao Chen, Qunji Xue. Template-Controlled Fabrication of Conducting Polymer and Complementary Gold Microstructures Using Patterned Chemically Tethered Polymer Brushes. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2003, 13, 938-942.
  • Zijian Zheng, Omar Azzaroni, Feng Zhou and Wilhelm. T. S. Huck*, Topography printing to locally control wettability, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 7730-7731.
  • Maaike L. van Poll, Feng Zhou, Madeleine Ramstedt, Litian Hu, and Wilhelm T.S. Huck A Self-Assembly Approach to Chemical Micropatterning of Poly(dimethylsiloxane), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 6634-6637.
  • Omar Azzaroni, Britta Trappmann, Patrick van Rijn, Feng Zhou, Bokyung Kong, Wilhelm. T. S. Huck*, Mechanically Induced Generation of Counterions Inside Surface-Grafted Charged Macromolecular Films: Towards Enhanced Mechanotransduction in Artificial Systems, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2006, 45, 7440-7443.
  • Zhiguang Guo, Feng Zhou, Jingcheng Hao, Weimin Liu, Superhydrophobic Engineering Materials. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15670-15671. Highlighted by Nature




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