Surface Science and Bio-nanomaterials Laboratory Group

Zhao’s group focuses on the studies of surface science and bionanomaterials towards the development of high-performance advanced materials and innovative functional devices, including smart polymers, biopolymers, sustainable polymers, antimicrobial coatings and composites, hydrogels, bionanomaterials, soft materials and interface, biomimetic adhesion, soft robotic devices, 3D printing, etc. It is well known for its interdisciplinary research capacity to take on both fundamental and applied research projects, providing an outstanding training environment for future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

  1. July 28, 2022Cancan's paper on Adhesive Hydrogels Tailored with Cellulose Nanofibers and Ferric Ions for Highly Sensitive Strain Sensors

    Cancan's paper was accepted in Chemical Engineering Journal, entitled Adhesive Hydrogels Tailored with Cellulose Nanofibers and Ferric Ions for Highly Sensitive Strain Sensors.

  2. July 20, 2022NSERC Idea to Innovation grant project award

    Prof Zhao is awarded a NSERC Idea to Innovation grant (2022-2023) entitled “ The Development of Magic-E Materials as Smart Window Films” towards novel materials commercialization.

  3. July 20, 2022New positions available

    One postdoctoral researcher position in the area of smart polymers and functional polymer nanocomposites. The candidate needs to have demonstrated skill sets of polymer synthesis, modification and characterization, and capabilities to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team to carry out assigned research tasks.  One PhD student position in the area of smart polymers, hydrogels, bio-inspired materials, and 3D printing (for enrollment in 2023).

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