Contact Dr Zhaorong Huang

Areas of expertise

  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • 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.

Current activities

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


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