Da Deng

Da Deng

Associate Professor and Safety Officer, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
Room 3164

(313) 577-5940

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Da Deng


Associate Professor, Wayne State University (2018-present).

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University (2011-18).

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2011).

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (2009-2010).

Ph. D., Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) (2005-2009).

Research Engineer, Chemistry, NUS (2004-2005).

B. E., Environmental Engineering, NUS (2000-2004).

Courses Taught

CHE 7200 - Advanced Transport Phenomena

CHE 5995 - Spec Topics Che 1:Fundamentals of Battery Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

EVE 5120 / AET 5310 - Fundamentals of Battery Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of next-generation electrochemical energy storage devices which will play important roles in employing green energy as future energy sources. In addition, the popularity of personal mobile electronic devices and the expanding market of electric vehicles constantly demand for better electrochemical energy storage devices, such as rechargeable batteries. We investigate green energy-storage materials for next-generation electrochemical energy storage devices. Our goals are to improve their electrochemical performances in terms of specific energy, power density, safety, cyclability, as well as to reduce their overall environmental footprint and cost.

We develop innovative environmental remediation technology and obtain basic understanding of photo-detoxification in water treatment. Moreover, we investigate fundamentals of structure-property-performance relationships.

Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (NPG); Chemical Engineering & Process Techniques



Research Group

We are particularly proud of our undergraduate researchers who will make the world a better place tomorrow: Johntell Tutton, Rodeo Slack, Daniel Suma,Wei Chen, Weliton Silva Fonseca, Kevin Charette, Stanton Jackson-Clark, Rakesh Porob, Olivia Ruiz, Taisa Higino and Kelechi Ukandu.

We anticipate openings for postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate assisants who would share our passion for energy and environemntal technology. Please contact Dr. Da Deng at da.deng@wayne.edu.



Google Scholar


# undergraduate researchers 

Meng, X.; Ng, S.; Ding, Y.; Deng, D.* "Eggshell-Assisted Preparation of Mixed Nanoparticles Simultaneously
Encapsulated in Carbon Microcubes for Reversible Lithium Storage", Particle and Particle Systems Characterization, Accepted, 2017.

Aldossarya M. S.; Zhu, J.; Porobb R.R.#; Deng, D.* A Family of Microscale 2x2x2 Pocket Cubes, CrystEngComm, DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00760D, 2017.

Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*,Ammonia-Assisted Wet-Chemical Synthesis of ZnO Microrod Arrays on Substrates for Microdroplet Transfer. Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00921, 2017.

Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, A new approach to facilely synthesize crystalline Co2(OH)3Cl microstructures in an eggshell reactor system. CrystEngComm, DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00379J, 2017.

Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Diaphragm-Regulated Growth of Nanosheet Arrays of α-Phase Ni-Co Layered Double Hydroxides on Arbitrary Substrates for Wettability Control and Rechargeable Alkaline Batteries. ChemNanoMat, DOI: 10.1002/cnma.201700035, 2017.

Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Trash to Treasure: Waste Eggshells as Chemical Reactors for the Synthesis of Amorphous Co(OH)2 Nanorod Arrays on Various Substrates for Applications in Rechargeable Alkaline Batteries and Electrocatalysis. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b14053, 2017.

Deng, D.*, Transition Metal Oxyfluorides for Next-Generation Rechargeable Batteries, ChemNanoMat, DOI:10.1002/cnma.201600342, 2017.

Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Trash to Treasure: Waste Eggshells Used as Reactor and Template for Synthesis of Co9S8 Nanorod Arrays on Carbon Fibers for Energy Storage. Chemistry of Materials, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01142, 2016.
Featured: 1. Eggshells into batteries?; 2. Chemical engineering assistant profressor turns eggshells into batteries; 3. Scientists make battery electrodes from waste eggshells; 4. Scientists make battery electrodes from waste eggshells; 6. There is somthing between eggshell and electricity!; 7. Turning Breakfast Waste into Food for Commerce;


8. Crean electrodos para baterías con cáscara de huevos; 9. Científicos fabrican electrodos para baterías con cáscaras de huevo; 10.中国科学报; 11.تولید الکترود باتری از پـوستـه تـخـم‌مـرغ;


Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Uniform Distribution of 1-D SnO2 Nanorod Arrays Anchored on 2-D Graphene Sheets for Reversible Sodium Storage. Chemical Engineering Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2016.04.047, 2016


Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Sodium-Ion Nanomachining to Shape Microcrystals into Nanostructures and Tune Their Properties. RSC Advances, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA04731A , 2016 


Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Single-Crystalline α-Fe2O3 Void@Frame Microframes for Rechargeable Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI:10.1039/C6TA00870D, 2016.


Meng, X.; Deng, D.* Bio-inspired synthesis of α-Ni(OH)2 nanobristles on various substrates and their applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA09329E, 2016.

Themed collection: Emerging Investigators 2016: Novel design strategies for new functional materials.


Meng, X.; Savage, P. E.; Deng, D.*, Trash to Treasure: From Harmful Algal Blooms to High-Performance Electrodes for Sodium Ion Batteries. Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03882, 2015.

Featured by International Business Times, Science World Magazine, The world stage, Phys.org, Techxplore.com, The Weather NetworkLabroots, iflScience, The Green Optimistic, Rooster's Report, Dispatch Tribunal, AmeriPublications, Hydrogen fuel news, Hexapolis, Algae world news, Electronic products, Futurism, Good news network, Algae industry magazine, Today@Wayne, Lab Manager, the Electrochemical Socieity's Blog 


Sina (China), 163 (China), OSEL (Czech), Futura-Sciences (France), Motivateme (India), Iran Daily (Iran), Rinnovabili (Italy), Water Journal (Korea), Biotechindustries (Russia), Geek (Serbia), Vista al Mar (Spain), Ict News (Vietnam), etc.

Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Bio-Inspired Formation of Single-Crystalline Nanoflake Arrays on Flexible Substrates with Superoleophobicity. CrystEngComm, DOI: 10.1039/C5CE01506E, 2015.


Deng, D.*, Li-Ion Batteries: Basics, Progress, and Challenges. Energy Science & Engineering, 3, 385-418, 2015.

Most Accessed 08/2016;Most Accessed 09/2015 to 08/2016.

Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Electrochemical and Top-Down 3D Ion-Carving to Change Magnetic Properties, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201502916, 2015.

Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Amorphous Bimetallic Co3Sn2 Nanoalloys Are Better Than Crystalline Counterparts for Sodium Storage. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 21323-21328, 2015.


Zhu, J.; Ng, K. Y. S.; Deng, D.*, Tunneling Holes in Microparticles to Facilitate the Transport of Lithium Ions for High Volumetric Density Batteries. Nanoscale, 7, 14368-14377, 2015.

Featured by ATLAS of Science: Micromaterials with tunnels for lighter and smaller batteries.


Fonseca, W. S.#; Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Trash to Treasure: Transforming Waste Polystyrene Cups into Negative Electrode Materials for Sodium Ion Batteries. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 3, 2153-2159, 2015.


Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Synthesis of Curved Si Flakes Using Mg Powder as Both the Template and Reductant and Their Derivatives for Lithium-Ion Batteries. RSC Advances, 5, 67315-67322, 2015.


Wang, L.; Deng, D.; Salley, S.; Ng, K. Y. S., Facile Synthesis of 3-D Composites of Mno2 Nanorods and Holey Graphene Oxide for Supercapacitors. Journal of Materials Science, 50, 6313-6320, 2015.


Meng, X.; Deng, D.*, Core-Shell Ti@Si Coaxial Nanorod Arrays Formed Directly on Current Collectors for Lithium-Ion Batteries, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 6867-6874, 2015.


Chen, W.#; Deng, D.*, "Carbonized Common Filter Paper Decorated with Sn@C Nanospheres as Additive-Free Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries", Carbon, 87, 70-77, 2015.


Zhu, J.; Deng, D.*, Wet-Chemical Synthesis of Phase-Pure FeOF Nanorods as High-Capacity Cathodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50, 3079-3083, 2015.

Suma, D.#; Deng, D.*, Facile Synthesis of Fe3O4@g-C Nanorods for Reversible Adsorption of Molecules and Absorption of Ions, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 3, 133-139, 2015.


Chen, W.#; Deng, D.*, "Deflated Carbon Nanospheres Encapsulating Tin Decorated on Layered 3-D Carbon Structures for Low-Cost Sodium Ion Batteries", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 3, 63-70, 2015.


Chen, W.#; Deng, D.*, Sodium-Cutting: A New Top-Down Approach to Cut Open Nanostructures on Nonplanar Surfaces on a Large Scale. Chemical Communications, 50, 13327-13330, 2014.


Zhu, J.; Ng, K. S.; Deng, D.*, Porous Olive-Like Carbon Decorated Fe3O4 Based Additive-Free Electrodes for Highly Reversible Lithium Storage, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI:10.1039/C4TA02958E, 2014.

Wang, L.; Deng, D.; Lev, L. C.; Ng, S., In-Situ Investigation of Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Formation on the Anode of Li-Ion Batteries with Atomic Force Microscopy, Journal of Power Sources, 265, 140-148, 2014.


Addu, S. K., Zhu, J.; Ng, K. S.; Deng, D.*, A Family of Mesocubes, Chemistry of Materials, 26, 4472-4485, 2014.


Zhu, J.; Ng, K. S.; Deng, D.*, Micro Single Crystals of Hematite with Nearly 100% Exposed {104} Facets: Preferred Etching and Lithium Storage, Crystal Growth & Design, 14, 2811-2817, 2014.


Zhu, J.; Ng, K. S.; Deng, D.*, "Hollow Cocoon-Like Hematite Mesoparticles of Nanoparticle Aggregates: Structural Evolution and Superior Performances in Lithium Ion Batteries", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 2996-3001, 2014.


Deng, D.*; Lee, J. Y., "Meso-Oblate Spheroids of Thermal-Stabile Linker-Free Aggregates with Size-Tunable Subunits for Reversible Lithium Storage", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 1173-1179, 2014.


Charette, K.#; Zhu, J.; Salley, S. O.; Ng, K. Y. S.; Deng, D.*, "Gram-scale synthesis of high-temperature (900 degrees C) stable anatase TiO2 nanostructures assembled by tunable building subunits for safer lithium ion batteries", Rsc Advances, 4, 2557-2562, 2014.


Wang, L. X.; Deng, D.; Ng, K. Y. S., "Facile one-step synthesis of MnO2 nanowires on graphene under mild conditions for application in supercapacitors", Journal of Materials Science, 48, 6410-6417, 2013.



Publications from Dr. Deng's Previous Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research

Deng, D.; Prendergast, D. P.; MacFarlane, J. K.; Bagatin, R.; Stellacci, F.; Gschwend, P. M., "Hydrophobic Meshes for Oil Spill Recovery Devices", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5, 774-781, 2013.


Deng, D.*; Martin, S. T.; Ramanathan, S., "Synthesis of hollow porous nanospheres of hydroxyl titanium oxalate and their topotactic conversion to anatase titania", Journal of Materials Research, 26, 1545, 2011.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "Linker-free 3D assembly of nanocrystals with tunable unit size for reversible lithium ion storage", Nanotechnology, 22, 2011.


Liu, B.; Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y.; Aydil, E. S., "Oriented single-crystalline TiO2 nanowires on titanium foil for lithium ion batteries", Journal of Materials Research, 25, 1588, 2010.


Deng, D.; Martin, S. T.; Ramanathan, S., "Synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional flat ZnO nanotower arrays as high-efficiency adsorbents for the photocatalytic remediation of water pollutants", Nanoscale, 2, 2685, 2010.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "Direct fabrication of double-rough chestnut-like multifunctional Sn@C composites on copper foil: lotus effect and lithium ion storage properties", Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 8045, 2010.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "Reversible Storage of Lithium in a Rambutan-Like Tin-Carbon Electrode", Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 48, 1660, 2009.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "A Family of Aligned C-Curved Nanoarches", ACS Nano, 3, 1723, 2009. Reported by Frost & Sullivan's Technical Insights; Featured by Nanowerk Spotlight and Next Big Future.


Deng, D.; Kim, M. G.; Lee, J. Y.; Cho, J., "Green energy storage materials: Nanostructured TiO2 and Sn-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries", Energy & Environmental Science, 2, 818, 2009. Invited review; Top 10 accessed EES articles on the Royal Chemical Society web site for six months (Feb-April and Oct-Dec), 2010; Top 25 most-read EES articles for Q1&2, 2011.


Lou, X. W.; Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y.; Feng, J.; Archer, L. A., "Self-supported formatnion of needlelike Co3O4 nanotubes and their application as lithium-ion battery electrodes", Advanced Materials, 20, 258, 2008.


Lou, X. W.; Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y.; Archer, L. A., "Thermal formation of mesoporous single-crystal Co(3)O(4) nano-needles and their lithium storage properties", Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18, 4397, 2008.


Lou, X. W.; Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y.; Archer, L. A., "Preparation of SnO2/Carbon Composite Hollow Spheres and Their Lithium Storage Properties", Chemistry of Materials, 20, 6562, 2008.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "Hollow core-shell mesospheres of crystalline SnO2 nanoparticle aggregates for high capacity Li+ ion storage", Chemistry of Materials, 20, 1841, 2008.


Deng, D.; Lee, J. Y., "One-step synthesis of polycrystalline carbon nanofibers with periodic dome-shaped interiors and their reversible lithium-ion storage properties", Chemistry of Materials, 19, 4198, 2007.