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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Associate Professor

Materials Science and Engineering



Ph.D., in Nano Science and Technology, HKUST, 2009

M.S., in Condensed Materials, Central China Normal University, 2004

B.S., in Physics, Central China Normal University, 2002

Professional Experience:

June 2013 - present,Associate Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China

May 2011 – Mar. 2013, Postdoctoral Employee, UC-Berkeley

Mar 2010 – April 2011, Postdoctoral Fellow, HKUST

Sep 2009 – Feb 2010, Research Assistant, HKUST

Honors and Awards:

"Outstanding Youth" (2015), Guangdong Province

“Excellent Young Teacher” and “Young Talents” of Guangdong Province (2015)

The selector of “Peacock Project” of Shenzhen (Class B, 2013)

Research Interests:

The main research topics include smart materials, energy materials, two-dimensional inorganic flexible electronic materials and devices, etc. (1) Smart materials and structures based on the phase transition of VO2 micro/nano materials: preparation of smart materials, adjusting and application of its response characteristics, such as near field power meter, micro actuator, infrared detector, smart glass, etc. (2) Energy materials: the application of advanced micro/nano functional materials in the hydrogen production by sunlight driven water splitting, energy storage materials(lithium ion batteries and super capacitors) and energy saving materials of smart windows, etc.; Research and industrialization of new perovskite solar cell; (3) two-dimensional materials: preparation of inorganic two-dimensional materials (single crystal with large area, layer control, heterogeneous structure, direct growth of flexible substrate at low temperature, etc.), technology of continuous green transfer and device application. He published more than 30 articles of SCI in the past 5 years. Series of his work were highly praised by the LBNL NEWs Center of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and widely reported in many famous network media, such as Science Daily, PHYS.ORG, Materials Views, Materials360online etc. He has shown excellent research ability and potentiality as a young scientist.

Selected Publications:

1. A. Amini*, C. Cheng*, Nature of hardness evolution in nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys during solid-state phase transition, Scientific Reports 3 (2013) 2476(co-corresponding author)

2. S Lee, C. Cheng, H. Guo, K.Hippalgaonkar, K. Wang, J. Suh, K. Liu, J. Wu, Axially engineered metal-insulator phase transition by graded doping vo2 nanowires, J. Am.Chem. Soc. 135 (2013) 4850

3. Q. Hu*, C. Cheng*, W. Qin, Y.Q. Liu,S. Xu, B.Z. Tang, N. Wang, N. Li, Ni-NTA-coated nanowire materials for protein enrichment and the application in a medical device used for blood glucose degradation, NANO, 8, (2013) 1350029 (equal contribution)

4. K. X. Wang, C. Cheng, E. Cardona, J.Guan, K.Liu, J. Wu, A micro solid engine: micro-actuation at high speed and high energy efficiency, Acs Nano, 7 (2013) 2266

5. K. Liu, C. Cheng, Z. Cheng, K. Wang,R. Ramesh, J. Wu, Giant-Amplitude, High-Work Density Microactuators with Phase Transition Activated Nanolayer Bimorphs, Nano Lett., 12, (2012)6302

6. C. Cheng, K. Liu, B.Liu, J. Suh and J. Wu “Ultra-long, free-standing, single-crystalline vanadium dioxide micro/nanowires grown by simple thermal evaporation” APL 100(2012) 103111

7. C. Cheng, W. Fan, J.Cao, S.G. Ryu, J. Ji, G. P. Grigoropoulos and J. Wu “Heat Transfer across the Interface between Nanoscale Solids and Gas” ACS Nano 5 (2011) 10102

8. C. Cheng, Y. Shi, C.Zhu, W. Li, L. Wang, K. K. Fung and N. Wang “ZnO Hierarchical Structures for Efficient Quasi-solid Dye-sensitized Solar Cells”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.13 (2011)10631

9. C. Cheng, W. Li, T.L. Wang, K. M. Ho, and N. Wang, “Zn2TiO4/ZnO Axial Nanowire Heterostructures by Unilateral Diffusion” J. Phys. Chem. C 115(2011) 78

10. C. Cheng, T. L.Wang, L. Feng, W. Li, K. M. Ho, M. M. T. Loy, K. K. Fung and N. Wang“Vertically Aligned ZnO/Amorphous-Si Core-shell Heterojunction Nanowire Arrays”, Nanotechnology 21 (2010) 475703

11. T. L. Wong, C. Cheng, W. Li, K. K.Fung and N. Wang, “Nano Structural Transformation and Formation of Heterojunctions from Si Nanowires” ACS Nano 10 (2010) 5559

12. C. Cheng, M. Lei, L.Feng, T. L. Wong, K. M. Ho, K. K. Fung, M. M. T. Loy, D. Yu, and N. Wang,“High-Quality ZnO Nanowire Arrays Directly Fabricated from Photoresists”, ACS Nano 3 (2009) 53

13. C. D. Gu, C. Cheng, H. Huang, T. L.Wang, N. Wang, and T. Y. Zhang, “Growth and Photocatalytic Activity of Dendrite-like ZnO@Ag Heterostructure Nanocrystals”, Crystal Growth &Design 9 (2009) 3278

14. L Feng, C. Cheng, B. D. Yao, N. Wangand M. M. T. Loy “Photoluminescence Study of Single ZnO Nanostructures: Size Effect”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95 (2009) 053113

15. C. Cheng, R. Xin, Y.Leng, D. Yu, and N. Wang, “Chemical Stability of ZnO Nanostructures in Simulated Physiological Environments and Its Application in Determining Polar Directions”, Inorg. Chem. 47 (2008) 7868

16. C. Cheng, K. F. Yu,Y. Cai, K. K. Fung, and N. Wang, “Site-Specific Deposition of Titanium Oxide on Zinc Oxide Nanorods” J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007)16712

17. J. Ling, C. Cheng*, J. Zhang, Y.Huang, F. J. Shi, X. X. Ding, C. Tang, and S. R. Qi, “Controllable Growth of Zinc Oxide Micro- and Nanocrystals by Oxidization of Zn-Cu Alloy”, J. Solid State Chem. 178 (2005) 819 (corresponding author)

18. C. Cheng, C. Tang ,X.X. Ding , X.T. Huang, Z.X. Huang, S.R. Qi, Long Hu, and Y.X. Li “Catalytic Synthesis of Aluminum Borate Nanowires” Chem. Phys. Lett. 373 (2003) 626

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Postdoctoral Positions Available in AMRAL lab (2D materials, VO2 Nanomaterials, Solar Cells)

The Advanced Materials-Micro/nano Structure Regulation and Application Lab (AMRAL) releases several postdoctoral positions in the fields of 2D materials, VO2Nanomaterials and Pervorskite Solar Cells.We invite applications from creative, passionate, and motivated postdoctoral researchers join our creative, productive, social, and friendly research group!

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