Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Postgraduate







ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Zhen Xu now is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He researches on Nature-Inspired Hierarchically Carbon Materials for Sodium-Based Energy Storage, under the supervision of Prof. Magda Titirici.

Before starting his PhD studies, he received BEng in Polymer Materials and Engineering from Donghua University in 2017. He studied Electrospun Polyindole Nanofibers for All-Solid-State Flexible Supercapacitors at State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials (SKLFPM) supervised by Dr. Shengyuan Yang, working closely with Prof. Meifang Zhu and Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna FREng.

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Journal Articles

Liu H, Xu Z, Guo Z, et al., 2021, A life cycle assessment of hard carbon anodes for sodium-ion batteries, Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:379, ISSN:1364-503X

Xu Z, Guo Z, Madhu R, et al., 2021, Homogenous metallic deposition regulated by defect-rich skeletons for sodium metal batteries, Energy & Environmental Science, ISSN:1754-5692

Guo Z, Xu Z, Xie F, et al., 2021, Strategies for High Energy Density Dual‐Ion Batteries Using Carbon‐Based Cathodes, Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research, ISSN:2699-9412, Pages:2100074-2100074

Zhang S, Teck AA, Guo Z, et al., 2021, Carbon Composite Anodes with Tunable Microstructures for Potassium-Ion Batteries, Batteries & Supercaps, Vol:4, Pages:663-670

Zhu Z, Xu Z, 2020, The rational design of biomass-derived carbon materials towards next-generation energy storage: A review, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:134, ISSN:1364-0321

Tebyetekerwa M, Xu Z, Yang S, et al., 2020, Electrospun Nanofibers-Based Face Masks, Advanced Fiber Materials, Vol:2, ISSN:2524-7921, Pages:161-166

Xu Z, Xie F, Wang J, et al., 2019, All-Cellulose-Based Quasi-Solid-State Sodium-Ion Hybrid Capacitors Enabled by Structural Hierarchy, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:1616-301X

Tebyetekerwa M, Marriam I, Xu Z, et al., 2019, Critical insight: challenges and requirements of fibre electrodes for wearable electrochemical energy storage, Energy & Environmental Science, ISSN:1754-5692

Tebyetekerwa M, Xu Z, Li W, et al., 2018, Surface Self-Assembly of Functional Electroactive Nanofibers on Textile Yarns as a Facile Approach toward Super Flexible Energy Storage, Acs Applied Energy Materials, Vol:1, Pages:377-386

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