Contact Dr Qi Zhang

Areas of expertise

  • Nanotechnology
  • Surface Engineering


Dr Qi Zhang has a BSc in Electrochemistry, an MSc in Inorganic Materials and a PhD in Sol-Gel Chemistry. He joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow in 1996 following the completion of a PhD at Monash University in Australia. He became a Senior Research Fellow in 1998, and then Senior Lecturer in 2007.
He has a strong background in ferroelectric thin and thick films and their applications in ferroelectric mempry, pyroelectric and electrocaloric effect; in the synthesis of nanofunctional materials and their applications in ink-jet printing, and surface modifications; and in nanomaterials for energy storage, etc.

Current activities

Qi is an academic staff at Cranfield University and a Visiting Professor at Wuhan University of Technology. He is a Fellow in IOM3 and has sat on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2006.

He is currently supervising PhD students from the UK, EU, China, Iraq, Thailand. His research interests include looking at new properties of functional materials for various applications.
On-going activities include:

  • Lithium ion battery for energy storage
  • Synthesis of nanostructural materials by chemical solution method
  • Fabrication of ferroelectric thin, thick films and bulk for all kinds of applications, such as,  actuators, sensors and energy harvesting
  • Surface engineering for antifouling, corrosion and algae growth. 


  • European frameworks, FP5-7, H2020
  • The Royal Society
  • National and international industry
  • Maier
  • Exergy
  • Parkside Ltd


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Brown S, Bessant J, Lamming R & Jones P (2004) Strategic operations management. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.