Areas of expertise
- Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
- Manufacturing of Functional Materials
- Sensor Technologies
- Structures and Materials
Dr Zhaorong Huang obtained his MSc in Physics from Beijing University and PhD in condensed matter physics. He worked mainly on the structural characterisation of materials using transmission and scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy techniques on subjects such as quasicrystals, reforming catalysts, and pyroelectric materials before joining Cranfield University in 1996.
He became a Senior Research Fellow in 2001 and since then has developed his research interests on the development of functional materials and devices.
He leads a group working on the application of functional materials, and nanotechnology, especially on the following areas: metal nanowires for transparent conductive electrodes, thermoelectric materials, thermoelectric promotion of catalysis, piezoelectric materials and devices; functional nanowires, functionalization of carbon composites.
Dr Zhaorong Huang is a Senior Research Fellow in Functional Materials Physics.
He is the course director for the MSc course Applied Nanotechnology. Supervised PhD and MSc students from China, India, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, USA, EU and UK.
His current research interests and activities are:
- Piezoelectric actuators and ferroelectric thin films
- Pyroelectric materials and devices
- Electrochemical promotion of catalysis
- Functionalization of carbon composites
- Transparent conductive electrodes
- Thermoelectric materials and Thermoelectric Promotion of Catalysis
- Structural characterisation of materials by using XRD, SEM, TEM and FIB techniques
- Energy harvesting using piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials
- Leverhulme Trust
- Innovate UK
- EU Framework Programme
- HEL limited
- Exergy Limited
- Advanced Materials Technology
- Energenics Europe Ltd
- European Thermodynamics Ltd
Articles In Journals
- Krishnaswamy S, Abhyankar HA, Marchante V, Huang Z & Brighton JL (2019) Aerogel/epoxy thermal coatings for carbon fibre reinforced plastic substrates, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 33 (6) 579-594.
- Krishnaswamy S, Marchante V, Abhyankar H, Huang Z & Brighton J (2019) Non-isothermal cure kinetics of aerogel/epoxy composites using differential scanning calorimetry, Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 58 (16) 1757-1765.
- Krishnaswamy S, Bhattacharyya D, Abhyankar H, Marchante V, Huang Z & Brighton J (2019) Morphological, optical and thermal characterisation of aerogel-epoxy composites for enhanced thermal insulation, Journal of Composite Materials, 53 (7) 909-923.
- Archour A, Liu J, Peng P, Shaw C & Huang Z (2018) In situ tuning of catalytic activity by thermoelectric effect for ethylene oxidation, ACS Catalysis, 8 (11) 10164-10172.
- Achour A, Chen K, Reece MJ & Huang Z (2018) Tuning of catalytic activity by thermoelectric materials for carbon dioxide hydrogenation, Advanced Energy Materials, 8 (5) Article No. 1701430.
- Achour A, Chen K, Reece MJ & Huang Z (2018) Enhanced thermoelectric performance of Cs doped BiCuSeO prepared through eco-friendly flux synthesis, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 735 (February) 861-869.
- Krishnaswamy S, Tinsley L, Marchante V, Addepalli S, Huang Z & Abhyankar H (2018) Effect of extrusion and compression moulding on the thermal properties of nylon-6/silica aerogel composites, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 31 (7) 992-1009. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.4299254
- Lonne Q, Endrino J & Huang Z (2017) UV treatment of flexible copper nanowire mesh films for transparent conductor applications, Nanoscale Research Letters, 12 (577) 1-8. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.5528098.
- Huiling Xie, Zhaorong Huang, Shijun Guo & Ekiyor Torru (2015) Feasibility of an electrostatic energy harvesting device for CFCs aircraft, Procedia Engineering, 99 (2015) 1213-1222.
- Hockley M & Huang Z (2014) Strong electron emissions induced and extracted by pyroelectric crystals, Smart Materials and Structures, 23 (3) Article No. 035010.
- Hockley M & Huang Z (2013) Strong electron and ion emissions induced by a pyroelectric crystal, Journal of Applied Physics, 113 (3) Article No. 034902.
- Hockley M & Huang Z (2012) High intensity electron emission from ferroelectric cathode induced by a pyroelectric crystal, Applied Physics Letters, 101 (22) Article No. 222901.
- Hockley MJ, Chang HHS & Huang Z (2011) Pyroelectric coefficient difference under open and short circuit conditions and their enhancements in laminate composites, Journal of Applied Physics, 109 (6) 064102-064102.
- Leighton GJT & Huang Z (2010) Accurate measurement of the piezoelectric coefficient of thin films by eliminating the substrate bending effect using spatial scanning laser vibrometry, Smart Materials and Structures, 19 (6).
- Chang HHS & Huang Z (2010) Laminate composites with enhanced pyroelectric effects for energy harvesting, Smart Materials and Structures, 19 (6) Article No. 065018.
- Kummari KL, Li D, Guo S & Huang Z (2010) Development of piezoelectric actuated mechanism for flapping wing micro-aerial vehicle applications, Advances in Applied Ceramics, 109 (3) 175-179.
- Pardo L, Jimenez R, Garcia A, Brebol K, Leighton G & Huang Z (2010) Impedance measurements for determination of elastic and piezoelectric coefficients of films, Advances in Applied Ceramics, 109 (3) 156-161.
- Fernandez R, Holgado S, Huang Z, Calzada ML & Ricote J (2010) Use of the solvent chemistry for the control of the critical thickness of PbTiO3 ultrathin films, Journal of Materials Research, 25 (5) 890-898.
- Chang HHS, Whatmore RW & Huang Z (2009) Pyroelectric effect enhancement in laminate composites under short circuit condition, Journal of Applied Physics, 106 (11) Article No. 114110.
- Chang HHS & Huang Z (2009) Pyroelectric effect enhancement through product property under open circuit condition, Journal of Applied Physics, 106 (1) 014101-1-014101-9.
- Chung HC, Lal Kummari K, Croucher SJ, Lawson NJ, Guo S, Whatmore RW & Huang Z (2009) Development of piezoelectric fans for flapping wing application, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 149 (1) 136-142.
- Popov C, Chang H, Record P M, Abraham E, Whatmore Roger W & Huang Zhaorong (2008) Direct and converse magnetoelectric effect at resonant frequency in laminar piezoelectric-magnetostrictive composite., Journal of Electroceramics, 20 (1) 53-58.
- Ricote J, Holgado S, Huang Z, Ramos P, Fernandez R & Calzada ML (2008) Fabrication of continuous ultrathin ferroelectric films by chemical solution deposition methods, Journal of Materials Research, 23 (10) 2787-2795.
- Chang HHS & Huang Z (2008) Substantial pyroelectric effect enhancement in laminated composites, Applied Physics Letters, 92 (15) 152903-1-152903-3.
- Chung HC, Lal Kummari K, Croucher SJ, Lawson NJ, Guo S & Huang Z (2008) Coupled piezoelectric fans with two degree of freedom motion for the application of flapping wing micro aerial vehicles, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 147 (2) 607-612.
- Huang Z, Leighton GJT, Wright RV, Duval F, Chung HC, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2007) Determination of piezoelectric coefficients and elastic constant of thin films by laser scanning vibrometry techniques, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 135 (2) 660-665.
- Record P, Popov C, Fletcher J, Abraham E, Huang Z, Chang H & Whatmore RW (2007) Direct and converse magnetoelectic effect in laminate bonded Terfenol-D-PZT composites, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 126 (1) 344-349.
- Huang Z, Zhang Q, Corkovic S, Dorey RA, Duval FFC, Leighton G, Wright RV, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2006) Piezoelectric PZT films for MEMS and their characterization by interferometry, Journal of Electroceramics, 17 (2-4) 549-556.
- Huang Z, Zhang Q, Corkovic S, Dorey RA & Whatmore RW (2006) Comparative Measurements of Piezoelectric Coefficient of PZT Films by Berlincourt, Interferometer, and Vibrometer Methods, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 53 (12) 2287-2293.
- Huang Z (2006) Theoretical modeling on the magnetization by electric field through product property, Journal of Applied Physics, 100 (11) Article No. 114104.
- Huang Zhaorong (2006) Theoretical Modelling on the Magnetization by Electric Field Through Product Property., Journal of Applied Physics, 100 (11).
- Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2005) A double beam common path laser interferometer for the measurement of electric field-induced strains of piezoelectric thin films, Review of Scientific Instruments, 76 (12) Article No. 123906.
- Marshall JM, Zhang Q, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2005) Orientation control of low temperature deposited sol-gel PZT52/48 films, Ferroelectrics, 318 (1) 41-48.
- Duval FFC, Dorey RA, Wright RV, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2004) High frequency PZT composite thick film resonators, Integrated Ferroelectrics, 63 (1) 27-33.
- Duval F F C, Dorey RA, Wright RV, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2004) Fabrication and modeling of high-frequency PZT composite thick films membrane resonators, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 51 (10) 1255-1261.
- Battat J, Huang Zhaorong, Donohue P P, Todd M A & Whatmore Roger W (2004) Kinetics of Phase Transformations in Lead Scandium Tantalate Thin Films., Integrated Ferroelectrics, 60 87-94.
- Duval FFC, Dorey RA, Wright RV, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2004) Fabrication of PZT composite thick films for high frequency membrane resonators, Journal of Electroceramics, 13 (1-3) 267-270.
- Whatmore RW, Zhang Q, Huang Z & Dorey RA (2003) Ferroelectric thin and thick films for microsystems, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 5 (2-3) 65-76.
- Dunn SC, Shaw CP, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2002) Ultra high resolution of PZT 30/70 domains as imaged by PFM, Nanotechnology, 13 (4) 456-459.
- Komuro E, Su Q X, Huang Z, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2001) Effect of electrodes on GHZ ZnO thin film bulk-acoustic-wave resonator, Integrated Ferroelectrics, 34 (1-4) 227-236.
- Frumosu L, Bishop A, Castelli M, Bennett A, Nicholls J & Huang Z (2021) Effect of plasma processing parameters on the surface modification of fibre reinforced composites by atmospheric pressure plasma treatment. In: 21st International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (euspen), Copenhagen (Virtual), 7-10 June 2021.
- Guo S, Yang D, Lal Kummari K & Huang Z (2009) A smart material flapping wing micro rotorcraft. In: 17th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM 17), Edinburgh, 27-31 July 2009.
- Marshall JM, Zhang Q, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2004) Orientation control of low temperature deposited sol-gel PZT52/48 films. In: 7th European Meeting on Applications of Polar Dielectrics (ECAPD7), Liberec, 6-9 September 2004.
- Dorey RA, Zhang Q, Marson S, Huang Z & Whatmore RW (2004) PZT thin films: fabrication and characterisation. In: International conference on materials technology and design of integrated piezoelectric devices, Cormayeur, Italy, 2 February 2004.
- Huang Z & Leighton G (2014) Interferometry for Piezoelectric Materials and Thin Films. In: Characterisation of Ferroelectric Bulk Materials and Thin Films, London: Springer, p. 87-113, ed. 1.