Yingying ZHANG, Associate Professor,PI



Mailing Address: Room 305, Yejing Building, Tsinghua University,

Beijing 100084, P R China

Group Website: www.yyzhanggroup.com




Scientific Profile:

Dr. Yingying Zhang received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shandong University in 2002 and her Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Peking University in 2007. From Jun. 2008 to Jun. 2011, she worked in Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) as a postdoctoral research associate. Then, she joined Tsinghua University as an associate professor in July of 2011. She is currently a joint faculty member in Department of Chemistry and in the Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM).

Her research focuses on the synthesis and basic understanding of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, silk, and their hybrid materials, toward developing high performance flexible and wearable electronics and smart systems. The representative work includes: (1) synthesized the longest individual carbon nanotubes in the world with chemical vapor deposition base on Schulz-Flory distribution; and experimentally observed structural super-lubricity based on centimeter long double-walled carbon nanotubes; (2) proposed and demonstrated the preparation of carbon nanotube- and graphene-doped silkworm silk by a facile feeding approach; (3) based on biomimetic strategy and using natural derived materials, developed a series of high performance flexible and wearable electronics (strain sensors, E-skin, supercapacitors, etc.) with nanocarbons and hierarchical structured carbon materials. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, and 8 awarded patents. The results have been highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology、C&E News、Scientific American、 PhysOrg.com、Nanotechweb、Nanowerk、Advanced Science News、Materials Views、Washington Post etc. She has been awarded as “National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholar” (2014) of NSFC, “Young Cutting-Edge Nanochemistry Researcher Award” (2014), National Program for Support of Top-notch Young Professionals(2016)and Young Scholars of Yangtze River scholar professor program(2017).


Research Interests:

Carbon nanotubes; Graphene; Functional Silk Materials, Flexible and Wearable electronics.



Representative Recent Papers

80 papers in journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS nano, Nano Letters etc. (see details in ResearcherID: A-7260-2009)


1. Huimin Wang, Chunya Wang, Muqiang Jian, Qi Wang, Kailun Xia, Zhe Yin, Mingchao Zhang, Xiaoping Liang, Yingying Zhang*. Superelastic Wire-shaped Supercapacitor Sustaining 850% Tensile Strain Based on Carbon Nanotube@Graphene Fiber. Nano Research 2018 10.1007/s12274-017-1782-1 (Cover)

2. Kailun Xia, Chunya Wang, Muqiang Jian, Qi Wang, Yingying Zhang*. CVD growth of fingerprint-like patterned 3D graphene film for an ultrasensitive pressure sensor. Nano Research 2018,11(2),1124-1134.

3. Chunya Wang, Kailun Xia, Mingchao Zhang, Muqiang Jian, Yingying Zhang*. An All Silk-Derived Dual-Mode E-skin for Simultaneous Temperature-Pressure Detection. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9 (45), pp 39484–39492

4. Muqiang Jian, Chunya  Wang, Qi Wang, Huimin  Wang, Kailun, Zhe Yin, Mingchao Zhang, Xiaoping Liang, Yingying Zhang*. Advanced carbon materials for flexible and wearable sensors. SCIENCE CHINA Materials. 2017, 60(11): 1026.

5. Zhe Yin, Huimin Wang, Muqiang Jian, Yanshen Li, Kailun Xia, Mingchao Zhang, Chunya Wang, Qi Wang, Ming Ma, Quan-shui Zheng, Yingying Zhang*. Extremely Black Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays for Solar Steam Generation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces  2017, 9 (34), 28596–28603

6. Chunya Wang, Kailun Xia, Muqiang Jian, Huimin Wang, Mingchao Zhang, Yingying Zhang*. Carbonized silk georgette as ultrasensitive wearable strain sensor for full-range human activity monitoring. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2017, 5, 7604 – 7611. (IF5.2)

7. Chunya Wang, Mingchao Zhang, Kailun Xia, Xueqin Gong, Huimin Wang, Zhe Yin, Baolu Guan, Yingying Zhang*. Intrinsically Stretchable and Conductive Textile by a Scalable Process for Elastic Wearable Electronics. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 20179 (15), 13331–13338.

8. Qi Wang, Muqiang Jian, Chunya Wang, Yingying Zhang*. Carbonized silk nanofiber membrane for transparent and sensitive electronic skin. Advanced Functional Materials. 2017, 27,1605657.

9. Muqiang Jian, Kailun Xia, Qi Wang, Zhe Yin, Huimin Wang, Chunya Wang, Huanhuan Xie, Mingchao Zhang, and Yingying Zhang*. Flexible and Highly Sensitive Pressure Sensors Based on Bionic Hierarchical Structures. Advanced Functional Materials. 2017, 27,1606066.

10. Mingchao Zhang, Chunya Wang, Huimin Wang, Muqiang Jian, Xiangyang Hao*, Yingying Zhang*. Carbonized Cotton Fabric for High Performance Wearable Strain Sensors. Advanced Functional Materials 2017, 27, 1604795.

11. X. D. Chen, Z. L. Chen, W. S. Jiang, C. H. Zhang, J. Y. Sun, H. H. Wang, W. X., L. Lin, M. K. Priydarshi, H. Yang, Z. B. Liu, J. G. Tian, Y. Y. Zhang*, Y. F. Zhang*, Z. F. Liu*. Fast Growth and Broad Applications of 25-Inch Uniform Graphene Glass. Advanced Materials 2017, 29, 1603428.

12. Q. Wang, C. Y. Wang, M. C. Zhang, M. Q Jian, Y. Y. Zhang*. Feeding Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes or Graphene to Silkworms for Reinforced Silk Fibers. Nano Letters 2016, 16 (10), 6695–6700 (Highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology)

13. C.Y. Wang, X. Li, E. L. Gao, M. Q. Jian, K. L. Xia, Q. Wang, Z. P. Xu, T. L. Ren, Y. Y. Zhang*. Carbonized Silk Fabric for Ultra-stretchable, Highly Sensitive and Wearable Strain Sensors. Advanced Materials 28, 6640 (2016). (Frontpiece Paper)

a)“丝绸之路”——从桑蚕丝绸到可穿戴智能设备 http://www.x-mol.com/news/2901

b)通往可穿戴智能设备的“丝绸之路”——从桑蚕丝绸到柔性应变传感器 http://www.materialsviewschina.com/2016/07/to-the-wearable-smart-device-the-silk-road-from-silkworm-silk-to-flexible-strain-sensor/

14. K. L. Xia, V. I. Artyukhov, L. F. Sun, J. Y. Zheng, L. Y. Jiao, B. I. Yakobson, Y. Y. Zhang*.  Growth of Large-Area Aligned Pentagonal Graphene Domains on High-Index Copper Surfaces. Nano Research 9, 2182 (2016).

15. C.Y. Wang, S. Y. Wu, M. Q. Jian, J. R. Xie, L. P. Xu, X. D. Yang, Q. S. Zheng, Y. Y. Zhang*. Silk nanofibers as high efficient and lightweight air filter. Nano Research, 9, 22590 (2016)(Cover Paper)

a) Towards green, lightweight and highly efficient silk nanofiber-based air filters 


b) 蚕丝纳米纤维用于绿色、轻质、高效的雾霾防护材料 http://www.antpedia.com/news/17/n-1336417.html

16. K. L. Xia, M. Q. Jian, W. L. Zhang, Y. Y. Zhang* Visualization of Graphene on Various Substrates Based on Water Wetting Behavior. Advanced Materials Interfaces 3, 1500674 (2016)(Cover Paper)

17. R. F. Zhang, Z. Y. Ning, Z. W. Xu, Y. Y. Zhang*, H. H. Xie, F. Ding, Q. Chen, Q. Zhang, W. Z. Qian, Y. Cui, F. Wei*. Interwall Friction and Sliding Behavior of Centimeters Long Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters 16 (2), 1367 (2016).

18. M. Q. Jian, H. H. Xie, Q. Wang, K. L. Xia, Z. Yin, M. Y. Zhang, N. Q. Deng, L. N. Wang, T. L. Ren, Y. Y. Zhang*. Volatile-Nanoparticle-Assisted Optical Visualization of Individual Carbon Nanotubes and Other Nanomaterials. Nanoscale 8, 13437-13444, (2016).

19. M. C. Zhang, C. Y. Wang, Q. Wang, M. Q. Jian, Y. Y. Zhang*. Sheath-Core Graphite/Silk Fiber Made by Dry-Meyer-Rod-Coating for Wearable Strain Sensors. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces  8, 20894 (2016).

20. Zhang WL, Xie HH, Zhang RF, Jian MQ, Wang CY, Zheng QS, Wei F, Zhang YY *. Synthesis of three-dimensional CNT/graphene hybrid materials by a two-step CVD process. Carbon 86, 358 (2015).

21. P. Li, C. Y. Wang, Y. Y. Zhang*, Fei Wei*; Air Filtration in the Free Molecular Flow Regime: A Review of High-Ef?ciency Particulate Air Filters Based on Carbon Nanotubes. Small 10,4543(2014).

22. H. H. Xie, R. F. Zhang, Y. Y. Zhang*, W. L. Zhang, M. Q. Jian, C. Y. Wang, Q. Wang, F. Wei*; Graphene/graphite sheets assisted growth of high-areal-density horizontally aligned carbon nanotubes. (2014). Chemical Communications 50, 11158 (2014).

23. R.F. Zhang, Z.Y. Ning, Y.Y. Zhang*, Q.S. Zheng, Q. Chen, H.H. Xie, Q. Zhang, W.Z. Qian, F. Wei*; Superlubricity in Centimeters Long Double-walled Carbon Nanotubes under Ambient Conditions. Nature Nanotechnology, 8, 912-916 (2013).

24. R.F. Zhang, Y.Y. Zhang*, Q. Zhang, H.H. Xie, H.D. Wang, J.Q. Nie, Q. Wen, F. Wei* “Optical Visualization of Individual Ultralong Carbon Nanotubes by Deposition of TiO2 Nanoparticles” Nature Communications 4, 1727 (2013).

25. R.F. Zhang, Y.Y. Zhang*, Q. Zhang, H.H. Xie, W.Z. Qian, F. Wei*; “ Schulz-Flory Distribution Controlled Growth of Half-meter Long Carbon Nanotubes with Ultralow Catalyst Deactivation”ACS Nano 7, 6156-6161, (2013).