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Dr. Xiangwu Zhang

Associate Head & Director of Graduate Programs, TECS
Inaugural University Faculty Scholar

Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science

Xiangwu Zhang

Phone: 919-515-6547
Address: 2401 Research Drive
Room: 3248 | Map Location

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Xiangwu Zhang, Professor and Inaugural University Faculty Scholar in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, joined the faculty in 2006. Zhang earned a B.S. in Polymer Materials and Engineering in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2001, both from Zhejiang University, China.  He currently serves as the Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science.


Zhang has published two books, five book chapters, and more than 160 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
  • Nanofinishing
Zhang currently serves as the President and Program Committee Chair of the NCSU Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Zhang is an active member of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the Fiber Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Chemical Society (ACS), Materials Research Society (MRS), and the Electrochemical Society (ECS). Zhang is an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of Journal of Energy Storage and Conversion, Textiles and Light Industrial Science and Technology, Journal of Textile Science and Engineering, International Journal of Nano Science, Nano Engineering and Nanotechnology, Journal of Membrane Science & Technology, and Global Journal of Physical Chemistry. Zhang is also a Yangguang Chair Professor at Wuhan Textile University and a Guest Professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tec University.



Most Recent Publications

1. Xiangwu Zhang (2014). Fundamentals of Fiber Science . Lancaster, PA, USA : DEStech Publications Inc.

2. Narendiran Vitchuli, Quan Shi, Joshua Nowak, Rupesh Nawalakhe, Michael Sieber, Mohamed Bourham, Xiangwu Zhang, and Marian McCord (2013). Atmospheric Plasma Application to Improve Adhesion of Electrospun Nanofibers onto Protective Fabric. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology , 27 , 924-938.

3. Ying Li, Bingkun Guo, Liwen Ji, Zhan Lin, Guanjie Xu, Yinzheng Liang, Shu Zhang, Ozan Toprakci, Yi Hu, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Xiangwu Zhang (2013). Structure Control and Performance Improvement of Carbon Nanofibers Containing a Dispersion of Silicon Nanoparticles for Energy Storage. Carbon , 51 , 185-194.

4. Mataz Alcoutlabi, Hun Lee, Jill V. Watson, and Xiangwu Zhang (2013). Preparation and Properties of Nanofiber-Coated Composite Membranes as Battery Separators via Electrospinning. Journal of Materials Science , 48 , 2690-2700.

5. Ying Li, Guanjie Xu, Leigang Xue, Shu Zhang, Yingfang Yao, Yao Lu, Ozan Topracki, and Xiangwu Zhang (2013). Enhanced Rate Capability by Employing Carbon Nanotube-Loaded Electrospun Si/C Composite Nanofibers as Binder-Free Anodes. Journal of Electrochemical Society , 160 , A528-A534.

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Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2002 - 2006

Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research, Texas A&M University, 2001 - 2002

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2001
Dissertation: Preparation and Properties of Polymeric Composites Filled with Low-Melting-Point Alloy

B.S., Polymer Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1997

Minor, Computer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 1997

  • Guest Professor, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
  • Co-Founder, Tec-Cel, Inc.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Energy Storage and Conversion
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of textile Science and Engineering
  • Editorial Board Member, Intenational Journal of Nano Science, Nano Engineering and Nanotechnology
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Membrane Science & Technology
  • Editorial Board Member, Global Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Full Member and Departmental Liaison Officer, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
  • Affiliate Member and Textile and Composites Engineering Technical Committee Member, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Active Member, The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • Full Member, The American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Full Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Full Member, The Fiber Society
  • Member, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)