Faculty, by Name

Guozhen ZHU

Guozhen ZHU

Advanced Materials Research Center
Associate Research Professor
Room 105,Material Building A-F

Biographical Information

Guo-zhen Zhu attended Tsinghua University for her undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering (2007) department and followed her interest in Materials Science to McMaster University at Canada, where she completed her Master in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. David S. Wilkinson and her Ph.D. in 2012 under Prof. Gianluigi A. Botton. After that, she became a post-doc in the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy. In 2014, She joined the faculty of Shanghai Jiao Tong University as associate research professor in Schools of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is about advanced characterization of surfaces and interfaces using scanning transmission electron microscopy. During her Ph.D., she developed a simple and accessible approach to obtain the surface electron energy-loss spectra, and gained her first Ph.D. publication in Nature. She won national and international awards such as Gerard T. Simon awards from Microscopical Society of Canada and awards from European Microscopy Congress for her research.


Research Interests

Nanomaterials, Surfaces and interfaces

Advanced characterization, high-resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy and electron spectroscopy


Selected Publications

1. In-Situ liquid cell TEM study of morphological evolution and degradation of Pt-Fe nanocatalysts during potential cycling

G.-z. Zhu, S. Prabhudev, J. Yang, Christine M. Gabardo, G. A. Botton, Leyla Soleymani (The Journal of Physical Chemistry, accepted,


2. Damage behavior and atomic migration in MgAl2O4 under an 80 keV scanning focused probe in a STEM

G.-z. Zhu & G. A. Botton, Micron, (DOI:

3. A “thickness” series: weak signal extraction of ELNES in EELS spectra from surfaces

G.-z. Zhu & G. A. Botton, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 20(2014): 649-657


4. Atomic-level 2-dimensional chemical mapping and imaging of individual dopants in a phosphor crystal

G.-z. Zhu, S. Lazar, A. P. Knights & G. A. Botton, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 15(2013): 11420-11426


1. Bonding and structure of a reconstructed (001) surface of SrTiO3 from TEM

G.-z. Zhu, G. Radtke & G. A. Botton, Nature, 490 (2012): 384-387


Research Projects

Advance characterization of the interfacial structure between Au nanoparticles and oxide substrates


Honors & Awards

Grants for PhD Students, Post-doctoral Researchers and Young Scientists, International Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Meeting, 2013

European Microscopy Congress Travel Award, 2012

The Gérard T. Simon Awards, Microscopical Society of Canada Annual Meeting,2012

Canadian Foundation for the Development of Microscopy (CFDM) Award, 2012