Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Zhao obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University, a M.S. in Materials Science from Beijing Jiaotong University (China), and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Heilongjiang University (China). After obtaining the MS, he has worked as a Research Assistant at Tsinghua University (China) for half a year.
Dr. Zhao has been a postdoctoral scholar (Jan. 2016 – Apr. 2018) at University of South Florida in the laboratory of Dr. John Kuhn and Dr. Babu Joseph. His research interests and expertise fall in the general areas of materials development and characterization, and biomass to renewable energy. In addition, he has worked extensively on the kinetic study of catalytic reactions, process simulation (e.g., Aspen software), vacuum carburizing process of low-carbon alloy steel, photovoltaic materials based on ion doped thin films, and synthesis and characterization of colored composite materials. Since Jun. 2018, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at ORNL.
Dr. Zhao has authored more than 30 peer-review publications in international journals, 7 publications in international and national conferences, and 1 patent (pending). He holds numerous prestigious awards including National Aspiration Scholarship, Outstanding Service Award, and Excellent Graduate Leader.