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Liangzhu Zhu

Research Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering &

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 


Academic Editor 

PLOS One (Journal of Public Library of Science)

Brief Introduction

    I am currently a joint Research Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. My research interests and experiences cover: 1) Modeling, design, fabrication, and  testing of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs); 2) Stability of ceramic fuel cells and electrolyzers; 3) Reversible protonic conducting fuel cells (RePCFCs) for electrical power generation directly using ammonia (NH3) fuel and for direct NH3 synthesis from nitrogen and water steam; 4) Ceramic fuel cells/electrolyzers operated at low pressures ( < 10 bar); 5) Design, fabrication, and testing of fuel cell and electrolyzer cell stacks; 6) Advanced ceramic processing for porous or dense planar and tubular supporting substrates/membranes in fuel cells and battery applications via slip casting, tape casting (aqueous or organic based), hot-lamination, cold isostatic pressing, and die pressing; 7) Thin film deposition via drop coating, dip coating, spin coating, and spray coating processes; 8) ionic and electronic transport in predominately ionic conductors and in mixed ionic and electronic conductors; 9) thermodynamic and kinetics of oxidation and carbon monoxide poisoning on nano-sized platinum relevant to proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), 10) Materials synthesis via solid state reaction method and sol-gel processes; 11) Synthesis of electrode materials and fabrication of their films for lithium ion battery via tape casting, and assembling of rechargeable coin batteries; 12) Room temperature solid state batteries including fabrication of water and CO2 resistant Na-β”-alumina, Li-β”-alumina, and Ag- β”-alumina containing composite solid electrolytes for applications in sodium, lithium, and sliver solid-state and molten-salt batteries; 13) Growth of single crystals with one dimensional cleavage properties.




  • B.S. in Mineral Processing, Central South University, China, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah, USA, 2013


  •  Research Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering & Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
    COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, CO, USA ( 2018.3 – present)
  • Research Assistant Professor in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
    COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, CO, USA ( 2017.11 – 2018.3)
  • Research Associate in Materials Science and Engineering,
    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, UT, USA (2016.6—2017.10)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering,
    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, UT, USA (2013.9—2016.6)

Research Interests

  • Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and electrolyzers (SOECs)
  • Proton conducting fuel cells (PCFCs) and Reversible PCFCs
  • Batteries: conventional LIBs and solid state RT- Na and Li batteries
  • Solid state fast ionic conductors and ceramics: ionic and electronic transport
  • Advanced and functional ceramics: energy materials, membranes, electrode materials.
  • Advanced Ceramic Processing: tubular and planar ceramic cell fabrication
  • Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs): Platinum catalysts
  • Crystal growth: high temperature flux growth

Selected Publications


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