Faculty, by Name

Binyuan ZHAO

Binyuan ZHAO

Institute of Composite Materials
Associate Professor
Room 431, Material Building D

Biographical Information

    Dr. Binyuan Zhao, born in 1973, currently holds the position of associate director of MIE (Materials Industrial Engineering research center), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research is focused on biomass resources, their large-scale and high value-adding application. The strategy is to transform the biomass waste into carbon materials, porous materials, energy and environmental functional composites etc. He has led and participated in several national, provincial and ministerial research projects, and is the director of three University-enterprise joint research centers. He has published 48 SCI-indexed papers, which have been collectively cited 494 times. His main achievements include:

1. Proposal of an energy storage and conversion mechanism for surface functional groups. Based on this mechanism, “green” methods have been developed to prepare nanostructured metals. In particular, single-crystal silver nano-belt has been controllably produced in a very large scale. This mechanism has also been successfully substantiated to fabricate an all-carbon fuel cell----a conceptually new fuel cell.

2. Invention of many methods to produce a variety of carbon materials at a low cost: biomass derived carbonaceous mesophase, activated carbon monolith, diamond-like carbon films, high-quality graphene, and carbon-hydroxyapatite composites etc. The industrial application of these materials has been explored in waste water treatment, air cleaning, surface treatment of stainless steel etc.

3. Application of the accumulation-conversion synergic mechanism in the design of environmental protection materials: Invented a method to produce activa-carbon-supported silver catalyst for the room-temperature decomposition of formaldehyde, and prepared hydroxyapatite-carbon composites for industrial waste water treatment.

4. Development of a technique to stabilize magnetorheological fluid with the encapsulation of guar gum.


Research Interests

carbon and related materials, biomass-derived materials, energy-storage materials, nanomaterials


Selected Publications

1. Zhao H, Wang F, Ning YS, Zhao BY, et al. Green “planting” nanostructured single crystal silver, Scientific Reports, 2013, 3, 1511.

2. Chen YX, Luo BH, Zhao BY, et al., Method to Control the Phase of TiO2 in Porous Carbon-TiO2 Composite , JOURNAL OF INORGANIC AND ORGANOMETALLIC POLYMERS AND MATERIALS, 2012, 22 (1): 90-96 

3. Hong W, Hu, XB, Zhao BY, et al., Tunable Photonic Polyelectrolyte Colorimetric Sensing for Anions, Cations and Zwitterions, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 2010, 22 (44):5043

4. Ge HR, Zhao BY, Lai YJ, et al., From crabshell to chitosan-hydroxyapatite composite material via a biomorphic mineralization synthesis method, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN MEDICINE, 2010, 21 (6): 1781-1787

5. Wang F, Lai YJ, Zhao BY, et al., Tunable growth of nanodendritic silver by galvanic-cell mechanism on formed activated carbon, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 2010, 46 (21): 3782-3784

6. Zhou J, Zhao BY, Gan Q, et al., Observation of carbonaceous mesophase behaviors in phenolated sawdust using polarized light microscopy, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE,  2007, 42 (16) : 6735-6741

7. Sun HG, Sun G, Lv H, Liu Y, Zhao BY, et al., DSC study on the effect of cure reagents on the lignin base epoxy cure reaction, JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE,2007, 105(4):  2332-2338

8. Sun G, Sun HG, Liu Y, Zhao BY, et al., Comparative study on the curing kinetics and mechanism of a lignin-based-epoxy/anhydride resin system , POLYMER,2007, 48(1): 330-337

9. Tang Xin, Tian Q, Zhao BY, et al., The microwave electromagnetic and absorption properties of some porous iron powders, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 2007, 445: 135-140  

10. Tang X, Zhao BY, Tian Q, et al., Synthesis, characterization and microwave absorption properties of titania-coated barium ferrite composites,  JOURNAL OF PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF SOLIDS, 2006, 67 (12) : 2442-2447


Research Projects

1. SJTU-Schneider Joint Research Center on Advanced Materials, 2012-2014

2. SJTU-Wintop Joint Research Center on Energy and Environmental Protection Materials (SWEE), 2010-2014

3.  SJTU-Longhai SiC Joint Research Center on Optical-Thermal Novel Materials, 2011-2015


Honors & Awards

1. Most promising technology award. International industrial exhibition on young researchers’ innovation, Shanghai, 2005

2. Excellent young staff award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2007-2008

3. Excellent teacher award. Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2009