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

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)


  • 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.

Courses taught by Yingxi Elaine Zhu

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Winter Term 2022

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