Principal Investigator:


Dr. Yu Zhu
Office: GDYR 817
Phone: (330) 972-5945
Fax: (330) 972-5290
Department of Polymer Science
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909


Dr. Yu Zhu is a synthetic chemist specialized on nanomaterials and organic electronic materials. He received his PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany in 2007, where he worked on diketopyrrolopyrrole and other pigment core based conjugated polymer synthesis. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Zhu joined Professor James M. Tour’s group at Rice University as a postdoctoral research associate, where his research included synthesis and application of graphene, carbon nanotube and other low-dimensional nanomaterials. He became an assistant professor at the University of Akron from August 2012. Dr. Zhu has published over thirty peer reviewed articles, two invited reviews and four patents.

Current Group Members:

Postdoc fellows

Ph.D Students


Wenfeng Liang


Chung-Fu Cheng

Visiting Ph.D Students

Yi-Fan Huang

Yi-Fan Huang

Master’s Students