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Zhiyong Gu

Zhiyong Gu is the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Lowell.
Zhiyong Gu Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Professor

Expertise

Nanomaterials and nanotechnology, nanowires

Research Interests

Nanomaterials and nanotechnology, nanowires

Synthesis and fabrication of functional and hybrid nanowires and nanoparticles; Using self-assembly or directed assembly techniques to integrate these nano-building blocks into ordered 2D and 3D hierarchy structures; Develop these nanowires and nanoparticles and the structures formed for sensing, electronic and biomedical applications.

Education

  • Ph D: Chemical and Biological Engineering, (2004), State Univeristy of New York Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Intermolecular interactions and solvent diffusion in ordered nanostructures formed by self-assembly of block copolymers
  • MS: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, (2001), University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Experimental study of thermophysical properties of room temperature ionic liquids
  • BS: Engineering, (1996), Qingado Institute of Chemical Technology

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • ACS YCC Leadership Development Award,
  • Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF) Award - GSA, State University of New York
  • Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
  • TURI Sustainability Research Fellow,
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2011), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Best Poster Award (2006) - Mid-Atlantic MEMES Alliance Symposium
  • Best Poster Award (2006), Scholarship/Research - Mid-Atlantic MEMS Alliance Symposium

Selected Publications

  • Yu, P., Yang, Z., Gu, Z., Wong, H. (2020). Elucidation of the reaction mechanism of catalytic reaction coupling of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation with nitrobenzene hydrogenation over MoO3/TiO2 catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General, 602 117562.
  • Yin, Q., Gao, F., Gu, Z., Wang, J., Stach, E.A., Zhou, G. (2017). Interface dynamics in one-dimensional nanoscale Cu/Sn couples. Acta Materialia, 125 136 - 144.
  • Li, Z., Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2017). Vertically aligned Pt nanowire array/Au nanoparticle hybrid structure as highly sensitive amperometric biosensors. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical!!!, 243 1092 - 1101.
  • Gheybi Hashemabad, S., Gu, Z., Ando, T. (2016). Flux-less direct soldering of aluminum by ultrasonic surface activation. Journal of Materials Processing Tech, 233 135 - 141.
  • Zhang, Y., Gao, F., Wanjala, B., Li, Z., Cernigliaro, G., Gu, Z. (2016). High efficiency reductive degradation of a wide range of azo dyes by SiO2-Co core-shell nanoparticles. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 199 504 - 513.
  • Xu, L., Huang, L., Ye, Z., Meng, N., Shu, Y., Gu, Z. (2016). Polycyclopentene-Crystal-Decorated Carbon Nanotubes by Convenient Large-Scale In Situ Polymerization and their Lotus-Leaf-Like Superhydrophobic Films. Macromolecular Rapid Communications.
  • Sha, Y., Mathew, I., Cui, Q., Clay, M., Gao, F., Zhang, X., Gu, Z. (2016). Rapid degradation of azo dye methyl orange using hollow cobalt nanoparticles. Chemosphere, 144 1530 - 1535.
  • Shu, Y., Gheybi Hashemabad, S., Ando, T., Gu, Z. (2016). Ultrasonic powder consolidation of Sn/In nanosolder particles and their application to low temperature Cu-Cu joining. Materials & Design!!!, 111 631 - 639.
  • Li, Z., Leung, C., Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2015). Effects of nanowire length and surface roughness on the electrochemical sensor properties of nafion-free, Vertically aligned pt nanowire array electrodes. Sensors (Switzerland), 15(9) 22473-22489.
  • Yin, Q., Gao, F., Gu, Z., Stach, E.A., Zhou, G. (2015). In situ visualization of metallurgical reactions in nanoscale Cu/Sn diffusion couples. Nanoscale, 7(11) 4984-4994.
  • Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2015). Melting Temperature of Metallic Nanoparticles (pp. 1-25). Springer International Publishing
  • Shu, Y., Rajathurai, K., Gao, F., Cui, Q., Gu, Z. (2015). Synthesis and thermal properties of low melting temperature tin/indium (Sn/In) lead-free nanosolders and their melting behavior in a vapor flux. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 626 391-400.
  • Ruan, D., Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2014). Current Controlled Growth Mechanism of Surface Roughed Pt Nanowires and their Electrochemical Property. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161 666-671.
  • Ruan, D., Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2014). Enhanced Electrochemical Properties of Surface Roughed Pt Nanowire Electrocatalyst for Methanol Oxidation. Electrochimica Acta, 147 225-231.
  • Su, J., Liu, X., Mirzaee, I., Gao, F., Charmchi, M., Gu, Z., Sun, H. (2014). Magnetically assembling nanoscale metal network into phase change material (6B: pp. ASME). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Su, J., Mirzaee, I., Gao, F., Liu, X., Charmchi, M., Gu, Z., Sun, H. (2014). Magnetically Assembling Nanoscale Metal Network into Phase Change Material - Percolation Threshold Reduction in Paraffin Using Magnetically Assembly of Nanowires. Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, 5(3).
  • Gao, F., Li, Z., Ruan, D., Gu, Z. (2014). Synthesis of surface roughed Pt nanowires and their application as electrochemical sensors for hydrogen peroxide detection. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 14(9) 6599-6604.
  • Xu, L., Ye, Z., Siemann, S., Gu, Z. (2014). Noncovalent solubilization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in common low-polarity organic solvents with branched Pd-diimine polyethylenes: Effects of polymer chain topology, molecular weight and terminal pyrene group. Polymer (United Kingdom), 55(14) 3120-3129.
  • Su, J., Gao, F., Gu, Z., Dai, W., Cernigliaro, G., Sun, H. (2014). Fabrication of SU-8 based nanopatterns and their use as a nanoimprint mold (8974:). Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Lohmeier, J., Gu, Z., Budhlall, B., Sun, H., Barry, C.M., Donatelli, A.A. (2013). A new interdisciplinary engineering course on nanoscale transport phenomena (23: pp. 1). American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Proceedings
  • Su, J., Gao, F., Gu, Z., Pien, M., Sun, H. (2013). A novel 3-D fabrication of platinum nanoparticles decorated micro carbon pillars electrode for high sensitivity detection of hydrogen peroxide. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 181 57-64.
  • Xu, L., McGraw, J., Gao, F., Grundy, M., Ye, Z., Gu, Z., Shepherd, J. (2013). Production of high-concentration graphene dispersions in low-boiling-point organic solvents by liquid-phase noncovalent exfoliation of graphite with a hyperbranched polyethylene and formation of graphene/ethylene copolymer composites. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117(20) 10730-10742.
  • Gao, F., Gu, Z., Shina, S.G. (2013). 663-680 Lead-free nanosolders and nanowire joining for microelectronics/ nanoelectronics assembly and packaging (1: pp. 663-680). IPC APEX EXPO Conference and Exhibition 2013, APEX EXPO 2013
  • Gu, Z., Cui, Q., Chen, J., Buckley, J., Ando, T., Erdeniz, D., Wong, P., Hadjiafxenti, A., Epaminonda, P., Ibrahim, E.G., Rebholz, C., Doumanidis, C.C. (2013). Fabrication, Characterization and Applications of Novel Nanoheater Structures. Surface & Coatings Technology.
  • Ma, X., Oyamada, S., Gao, F., Wu, T., Robich, M.P., Wu, H., Wang, X., Buchholz, B., McCarthy, S., Gu, Z., Bianchi, C.F., Sellke, F.W., Laham, R. (2012). Corrigendum to "Paclitaxel/sirolimus combination coated drug-eluting stent: In vitro and in vivo drug release studies" [J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. 54 (2011) 807-811]. Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, 59(1) 217.
  • Gao, F., Rajathurai, K., Cui, Q., Zhou, G., Nkengforacha, I., Gu, Z. (2012). Effect of surface oxide on the melting behavior of lead-free solder nanowires and nanorods. Applied Surface Science, 258(19) 7507-7514.
  • Gao, F., Liu, Z., Zhou, G., Yang, J.C., Gu, Z. (2012). Fast diffusion and void formation in a two-segment copper-tin lead-free nanowire system with one-dimensional confinement. Science of Advanced Materials, 4(8) 881-887.
  • Clay, M., Cui, Q., Sha, Y., Chen, J., Rondinone, A.J., Wu, Z., Chen, J., Gu, Z. (2012). Galvanic synthesis of bi-modal porous metal nanostructures using aluminum nanoparticle templates. Materials Letters, 88 143-147.
  • Li, X., Wang, Y., Lei, Y., Gu, Z. (2012). Highly sensitive H 2S sensor based on template-synthesized CuO nanowires. RSC Advances, 2(6) 2302-2307.
  • Su, L., Jia, W., Manuzzi, D.P., Zhang, L., Li, X., Gu, Z., Lei, Y. (2012). Highly sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering using vertically aligned silver nanopetals. RSC Advances, 2(4) 1439-1443.
  • Li, X., Cho, J.H., Kurup, P., Gu, Z. (2012). Novel sensor array based on doped tin oxide nanowires for organic vapor detection. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 162(1) 251-258.
  • Ma, X., Oyamada, S., Gao, F., Wu, T., Robich, M.P., Wu, H., Wang, X., Buchholz, B., McCarthy, S., Gu, Z., Bianchi, C.F., Sellke, F.W., Laham, R. (2012). Paclitaxel/sirolimus combination coated drug-eluting stent: In vitro and in vivo drug release studies (vol 54, pg 807, 2011). Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, 59.
  • Cho, J., Li, X., Gu, Z., Kurup, P.U. (2012). Recognition of explosive precursors using nanowire sensor array and decision tree learning. IEEE Sensors Journal, 12(7) 2384-2391.
  • Liu, S., Sun, H., Nagarajan, R., Kumar, J., Gu, Z., Cho, J., Kurup, P. (2011). Dynamic chemical vapor sensing with nanofibrous film based surface acoustic wave sensors. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 167(1) 8-13.
  • Alexandridis, P., Munshi, S.Z., Gu, Z. (2011). Evaporation of water from structured surfactant solutions. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50(2) 580-589.
  • Cui, Q., Sha, Y., Chen, J., Gu, Z. (2011). Galvanic synthesis of hollow non-precious metal nanoparticles using aluminum nanoparticle template and their catalytic applications. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13(10) 4785-4794.
  • Ma, X., Oyamada, S., Gao, F., Wu, T., Robich, M.P., Wu, H., Wang, X., Buchholz, B., McCarthy, S., Gu, Z., Bianchi, C.F., Sellke, F.W., Laham, R. (2011). Paclitaxel/sirolimus combination coated drug-eluting stent: In vitro and in vivo drug release studies. Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, 54(4) 807-811.
  • Xu, L., Ye, Z., Cui, Q., Gu, Z., Mercier, L. (2011). Surface-initiated catalytic ethylene polymerization within nano-channels of ordered mesoporous silicas for synthesis of hybrid silica composites containing covalently tethered polyethylene. Polymer, 52(26) 5961-5974.
  • Jia, W., Su, L., Li, X., Zhang, L., Gu, Z., Gao, P.X., Lei, Y. (2011). Synthesis of tin nanodendrites via galvanic replacement reaction and their thermal conversion to nanodendritic tin oxide for ultrasensitive electrochemical sensing. RSC Advances, 1(8) 1500-1505.
  • Li, X., Gu, Z., Cho, J., Sun, H., Kurup, P. (2011). Tin copper mixed metal oxide nanowires: Synthesis and sensor response to chemical vapors. Sensors & Actuators: B.Chemical, 158(1) 199-207.
  • Mukherjee, S., Li, X., Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2010). An efficient silver etchant for the fabrication of active nanowires using anodized aluminum oxide templates. Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 13(7) 0-0.
  • Ding, Y., Jia, W., Zhang, H., Li, B., Gu, Z., Lei, Y. (2010). Carbonized hemoglobin nanofibers for enhanced H2O2 detection. Electroanalysis, 22(16) 1911-1917.
  • Liu, S., Ponrathnam, T., Sun, H., Nagarajan, R., Kumar, J., Gu, Z., Kurup, P. (2010). Detection of explosive vapors by surface acoustic wave sensors containing novel siloxane based coatings. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry, 47(12) 1172-1175.
  • Gowda, R., Sun, H., Wang, P., Charmchi, M., Gao, F., Gu, Z., Budhlall, B. (2010). Effects of particle surface charge, species, concentration, and dispersion method on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2010.
  • Li, X., Chin, E., Sun, H., Kurup, P., Gu, Z. (2010). Fabrication and integration of metal oxide nanowire sensors using dielectrophoretic assembly and improved post-assembly processing. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 148(2) 404-412.
  • Patra, D., Malvankar, N., Chin, E., Tuominen, M., Gu, Z., Rotello, V.M. (2010). Fabrication of conductive microcapsules via self-assembly and crosslinking of gold nanowires at liquid-liquid interfaces. Small, 6(13) 1402-1405.
  • Zhang, Y., Dai, Q., Li, X., Cui, Q., Gu, Z., Zou, B., Wang, Y., Yu, W.W. (2010). Formation of PbSe/CdSe Core/Shell nanocrystals for stable near-infrared high photoluminescence emission. Nanoscale Research Letters, 5(8) 1279-1283.
  • Gravani, S., Polychronopoulou, K., Stolojan, V., Cui, Q., Gibson, P.N., Hinder, S.J., Gu, Z., Doumanidis, C.C., Baker, M.A., Rebholz, C. (2010). Growth and characterization of ceria thin films and Ce-doped γ-Al 2O 3 nanowires using sol-gel techniques. Nanotechnology, 21(46).
  • Li, X., Chin, E., Yan, Q., Sun, H., Kurup, P.U., Gu, Z. (2010). Mixed metal oxide nanowires and their sensing properties. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 240.
  • Gao, F., Gu, Z. (2010). Nano-soldering of magnetically aligned three-dimensional nanowire networks. Nanotechnology, 21(11) 115604-115604.
  • Xu, L., Ye, Z., Cui, Q., Gu, Z. (2010). Noncovalent nonspecific functionalization and solubilization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes at high concentrations with a hyperbranched polyethylene. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 210(24) 2194-2202.
  • Cui, Q., Rajathurai, K., Jia, W., Li, X., Gao, F., Lei, Y., Gu, Z. (2010). Synthesis of Single Crystalline Tin Nanorods and Their Application as Nanosoldering Materials. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114(50).
  • Cui, Q., Chen, J., Gu, Z. (2009). CATL 59-Synthesis and characterization of nickel nanoshell particles and their application as catalysts for hydrogen generation. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 238.
  • Sha, Y., Gu, Z. (2009). COLL 534-Fabrication of novel microsphere-nanowire hybrid colloids using self-assembly coupled particle formation techniques. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 238.
  • Ren, S., Ammu, S., Cui, Q., Sha, Y., Gu, Z. (2009). Fabrication and characterization of novel colloid-solder core-shell hybrid particles. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 238.
  • Cui, Q., Pelealuw, J., Chen, J., Gu, Z. (2009). Fabrication of Al/Ni heterogeneous nanostructures and their applications as nanoscale heating sources. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 238.
  • Cui, Q., Gao, F., Mukherjee, S., Gu, Z. (2009). Joining and Interconnect formation of nanowires and carbon nanotubes for nanoelectronics and nanosystems. Small, 5(11) 1246-1257.
  • Xu, L., Ye, Z., Cui, Q., Gu, Z. (2009). Noncovalent Nonspecific Functionalization and Solubilization of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes at High Concentrations with a Hyperbranched Polyethylene. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 210(24).
  • Gao, F., Mukherjee, S., Cui, Q., Gu, Z. (2009). Synthesis, characterization, and thermal properties of nanoscale lead-free solders on multisegmented metal nanowires. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113(22) 9546-9552.
  • Chin, E., Li, X., Gao, F., Mukherjee, S.S., Gu, Z. (2008). COLL 215-Synthesis, characterization, and assembly of multifunctional nanowires for sensor and electronics applications. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 236.
  • Ammu, S., Cui, Q., Gu, Z. (2008). Polystyrene-tin and polystyrene-tin oxide core-shell nanostructures for the assembly and integration of colloidal particles. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1114E(-) 0-0.
  • Gu, Z., Ye, H., Bernfeld, A., Gracias, D.H. (2007). COLL 169-3-D Electrically interconnected nanowire networks formed by fluidic diffusion bonding. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 234.
  • Gu, Z., Ye, H., Bernfeld, A., Livi, K.J., Gracias, D.H. (2007). Three-dimensional electrically interconnected nanowire networks formed by diffusion bonding. Langmuir, 23(3) 979-982.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Collaborative Research: Investigation of Fundamental Properties of Lead-free Nano (2012), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • Surface Characterization and Oxidation Effect on Surface Structure and Property (2013), -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • EAGER: Magnetically Assembling and Soldering of Nanoscale Metal Network into Phas (2013), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Co-Principal)
  • MicroChem-UML Cooperative Research (2012), -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • MicroChem-UML Cooperative Research (2012), -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • MicroChem-UML Cooperative Research (2012), -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Microscale Joining Using Nanoheater Structures (2010), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Microscale Joining Using Nanoheater Structures (2010), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Microscale Joining Using Nanoheater Structures (2010), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • Multifunctional Nanowires and Nanosoldering for Electronics Assembly (2010), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • NUE: Interdisciplinary Course - Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing N (2010), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • MicroChem Nanoparticle Synthesis (2012), -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)
  • ($200K) NUE: Interdisciplinary Course - Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Budhlall, B. (Co-Principal), Gu, Z. (Principal), Sun, H. (Co-Principal), Barry, C. (Co-Principal), Donatelli, A. (Co-Principal)
  • Fabrication and Characterization of CdS Nanowires on ITO (2008), Grant -
    Gu, Z. (Principal)