Dr. W.H. Katie Zhong received her Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) in Beijing, China in 1994. In 1999 Dr. Zhong became the youngest full professor at BUAA, and one of the youngest full professors in China. From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Zhong worked as a visiting scientist at Vanderbilt University. She started her associate professorship at North Dakota State University in 2003. In 2007, she joined Washington State University (WSU), in which she is currently an endowed chair professor. Dr. Zhong has served as a consultant, collaborative researcher and educator for the Boeing Company in the area of nanotechnology since 2006. Dr. Zhong has received numerous awards/honors including the SPE/Dow Chemical® Composites Educator of the Year 2011, has been selected as one of the 15 World’s Best Scholars by the University of British Columbia in Canada in 2012, and in addition, Dr. Zhong was awarded the Excellent Academic Advisor at WSU in 2013, based on the success of her graduated outstanding PhD students who have received numerous global honors, including the prestigious Boeing FlightGlobal Award/Boeing Engineering Student of the Year in 2010 (2nd place) and 2012 (1st place), and the Worldwide Top 50 PhD/post-docs by MRS (2 PhD student recipients) in 2011. Dr. Zhong has over 260 publications, including 158 peer-reviewed journal papers, 5 book and book chapters, more than 90 conference papers and numerous patents.
1) Advanced Lithium Battery Materials: bio-solid electrolytes, gum-like electrolytes with safety design for high performance lithium batteries, foldable/bendable electrolytes, interface of electrodes/electrolytes
2) Nanotechnology and Multifunctional Nanocomposites: processing, structural design, mechanical properties, and functionalities including electrical, damping and thermal properties
3) Quantitative Quality Evaluation for Nanocomposites: quantitative evaluation technique, non-destructive evaluation technology for industry nanocomposite products
4) Polymer and Composite Materials: manufacturing technologies; interface issues; mechanical properties; repairing