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Zhefei Yang

R&D Associate



Dr. Zhefei Yang is an R&D associate in Macromolecular Nanomaterials Group at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. His research focuses on synthesis of novel polymers via controlled radical polymerization, and investigation of polymer-functionalized interfaces. 

2024. 01-Present    R&D Associate - Polymer Synthesis and Characterization, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences,  Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2017.09-2023.12    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2012.09-2017.09    Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University


2012-2017    Ph.D. in Chemistry, Michigan State University

2008-2012    B. S. in Chemistry, Shandong University

1. Yang, Z.; Snyder, D.; Sathyan, A.; Balazs, A.; Emrick, T. Smart Droplets Stabilized by Designer Surfactants: From Biomimicry to Active Motion to Materials Healing. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, 35, 2306819.

2. Zhou, L.+; Yang, Z.+; Pagaduan, J. N.; Emrick, T. Fluorinated Zwitterionic Polymers as Dynamic Surface Coatings. Polym. Chem. 2023, 14, 32-36. (+equally contributing authors)

3. Yang, Z.; Snyder, D.; Pagaduan, J. N.; Waldman, A.; Crosby, A. J.; Emrick, T. Mesoscale Polymer Surfactants: Photolithographic Production and Localization at Droplet Interfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 22059-22066.

4. Yang, Z.; Zhao, J.; Emrick, T. Functional Polymer Zwitterions as Reactive Surfactants for Nanoparticle Capture. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021,13, 21898-21904.

5. Barber, D. M.; Yang, Z.; Prévost, L.; Du Roure, O.; Lindner, A.; Emrick, T.; Crosby, A. J. Programmed Wrapping and Assembly of Droplets with Mesoscale Polymers. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020,30, 2002704.

6. Tummons, E. N.; Hejase, C. A.; Yang, Z.; Chew, J. W.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Oil Droplet Behavior on Model Nanofiltration Membrane Surfaces under Conditions of Hydrodynamic Shear and Salinity. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2020, 560, 247-259.

7. Sathyan, A.+; Yang, Z.+; Bai, Y.; Kim, H.; Crosby, A. J.; Emrick, T. Simultaneous “Clean-and-Repair” of Surfaces Using Smart Droplets. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1805219. (+equally contributing authors)

8. Yang, Z.+; Zhang, S.+; Tarabara, V. V.; Bruening, M. L. Aqueous Swelling of Zwitterionic Poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) Brushes in the Presence of Ionic Surfactants. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 1161-1171. (+equally contributing authors)

9. Yang, Z.; Tarabara, V. V.; Bruening, M. L. Adsorption of Anionic or Cationic Surfactants in Polyanionic Brushes and Its Effect on Brush Swelling and Fouling Resistance during Emulsion Filtration. Langmuir2015, 31, 11790-11799.

10. Dong, R.; Xu, J.; Yang, Z.; Wei, G.; Zhao, W.; Yan, J.; Fang, Y.; Hao, J. Preparation and Functions of Hybrid Membranes with Rings of Ag NPs Anchored at the Edges of Highly Ordered Honeycomb‐Patterned Pores. Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 13099-13104.

11. Wang, H.; Dong, R.; Yang, Z.; Wu, J.; Jiang, S.; Song, A.; Hao, J. Phase Transition of Sodium Bis(2-ethyl-1-hexyl) Sulfosuccinate and Sodium Deoxycholate Mixtures in Aqueous Solutions. Colloids Surf. A Physicochem. Eng. Asp. 2013, 436, 846-853.