Yingxi Elaine Zhu

Yingxi Elaine Zhu

Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


  • 313-577-1842
  • yzhu3@wayne.edu
  • 5050 Anthony Wayne Dr, Detroit, MI 48202
  • College of Engineering

Yingxi Elaine Zhu


  • 8/2015-present,   Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University, MI
  • 5/2015-8/2015,   Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • 8/2009-5/2015,   Associate Professor, Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • 11/2004-7/2009,   Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • 8/2003-10/2004,   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, MA (Advisor: Prof. David A. Weitz)
  • 1/2002-7/2003,   Research Scientist, R&D Center, General Motors, MI


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001. (Ph.D. Advisor: Prof. Steve Granick)
  • B.S., Polymer Science and Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1997.

Research Interests

Polymers and colloids in solutions and under confinement, lipid biomembranes, surface and interfacial science, nanocolloidal and supramolecular assembly, membrane separation, energy materials

Research Projects

  • Molecular/macromolecular structure and dynamics at surface and interface
  • Biointerfacial interactions, lipid bilayers, protein aggregation
  • Experimental physics of soft condensed matter: structure and dynamics of polymers, colloids, and supramolecular complexes
  • Ac-electrokinetic and microfluidic techniques for molecular/colloidal manipulation, functional energy-related material synthesis, controlling encapsulate release
  • (Bio)rheology and tribology
  • Membrane separation and filtration
  • Solid polymer electrolyte for Li-ion battery

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

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