Basic Information

Prof. Zhicheng Zhang

Department of Applied Chemistry
School of Science

Xi’an Jiaotong University
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, PR China, 710049

Contact Information

Tel: (+86) 029-82668546

Add: Chemistry Building 304  
          No. 28 Xianning West Road
          Xi’an, P.R.China

Education and work experience


2008.5-now  Xi’an Jiaotong University, Professor 
2005.7-2008.5  The Pennsyvania State University, Postdoc
2002.9-2005.7  PhD. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics  Institute of Chemistry the Chinese Academy of Sciences 
1999.9-2002.7 Master of Material Science and Technology  Xi’anJiaotongUniversity
1995.9-1999.7  Bachelor of Material Science and Technology  Xi’anJiaotongUniversity
Research Interests

Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and its copolymer poly(vinylidene-co-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) are widely utilized as sensor and transducer in electronic and electric fields thanks to their excellent dielectric and piezoelectric properties. More recently, the introduction of some conmonomers with appropriate steric bulk would leads to a great enhancement of their breakdown strength and electric storage capability. These copolymers are expected to work as ideal capacitor materials for energy storage. In addition, fluoro-elastomer is widely used as o-ring in automobile engine for its good oil resistance property. Unfortunately, its Tg is too low (about -25oC) for the o-ring to survive at rigorous environment. How to improve its property at low temperature would be a great subject both in industry and academic. Recently, the controllable free radical polymerization, e.g. atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), has attracted considerable attention and widely employed to synthesis new polymers with well designed structure. But few works has been published about the application in fluoropolymer area, which is expected to be a powerful technique for the functionalization of fluoropolymer. Our research interests are as follows: 

     1)  Synthesis and characterization of the fluoropolymer with novel structure and their functionalization. 
     2)  Study of the dielectric, piezoelectric, and energy storage properties of novel fluoropolymers. 

     3)  Application of ATRP in modification of fluoropolymer to synthesis functional fluoropolymer with tunable properties. 

     4)  Development of fluoropolymer with high energy storage capacity and low energy loss. 

     5)  Application of functionalized fluoropolymer in the modification of fluoro-elastomer to improve its oil resistance property at low temperature. 
     6)  Application of functional fluoropolymer in proton exchange membrane fuel cell.





54. Xiaomeng Zhang, Yifei Zhao, Yuhao Wu, Zhicheng Zhang*. " Poly(tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene) Films for High-Temperature Pulse Capacitors with Low Energy Loss". Polymer 2017, 117: 311-318, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2017.03.022.

53. Yanan Zhang, Yifei Zhao, Shaobo Tan, Zhicheng Zhang* “Inserting -CH=CH- into P(VDF-TrFE) by C-F Activation Mediated with Cu(0) in a Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Elimination Process” Polymer Chemistry, 2017, in press. Feb 10, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/c6py02119k.

52. Yunchuan Xie, Yangyang Yu, Yefeng Feng, Wanrong Jiang, and Zhicheng Zhang* “Fabrication of Stretchable Nanocomposites with High Energy Density and Low Loss from Cross-Linked PVDF Filled with Poly(dopamine) Encapsulated BaTiO3ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (3), pp 2995–3005 Publication Date (Web): January 9, 2017  DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b14166

51. Yefeng Feng, Yuhao Wu, Yunchuan Xie, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhicheng Zhang* “Tunable permittivity in polymer composites filled with Si-based semiconductors by regulating induced polarization”, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 2017, 61, 63-70. April 2017, Pages 63–70.


♦ 2016

  50. Pin Gao*, Wanwan Zhang, Zhicheng Zhang. "Copper-Catalyzed Oxidative ipso-Annulation of Activated Alkynes with Silanes: An Approach to 3-Silyl Azaspiro[4,5]trienones" Org. Lett., 2016,18, 5820-5823

49. Bei Miao, Jingjing Liu, Xiao Zhang, Junyong Lu, Shaobo Tan, Zhicheng Zhang*. Ferroelectric relaxation dependence of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) on frequency and temperature after grafting with poly(methyl methacrylate)RSC Adv., 2016,6, 84426-84438 .

48.  Honghong Gong, Xiaomeng Zhang, Yanan Zhang, Aqun Zheng, Shaobo Tan, Zhicheng Zhang*  Chemical composition characterization of poly(vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene)-based copolymers with F–H decoupled 1H NMR RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 75880-75889.

47.Feng, Yefeng; Miao, Bei; Gong, Honghong; Xie, Yunchuan; Wei, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhicheng* “High Dielectric and Mechanical Properties Achieved in Crosslinked PVDF/α-SiC Nanocomposites with Elevated Compatibility and Induced Polarization at Interface” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2016, 8(29), 19054-19065. DOI10.1021/acsami.6b04776 

 46.  Zuochen Wang, Jingjing Liu, Honghong Gong, Xiao Zhang, Junyong Lu*, Zhicheng Zhang* “Synthesis of Poly(methyl methacrylate-methallyl alcohol) via Controllable Partial Hydrogenation of Poly(methyl methacrylate) towards High Pulse Energy Storage Capacitors Application”. RSC Advances. 2016, 6, 34855-34865.

 45. Jian Wang, Zhong Li, Yuan Yan, Xiao Wang, Yunchuan Xie, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Improving Ferro- and Piezo- electric Properties of Hydrogenised Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) Films by Annealing at Elevated Temperature” Chinese Journal of Polymer Science. 2016534, 649-658.

 44. Yefeng Feng, Honghong Gong, Yunchuan Xie, Xiaoyong Wei*, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Significantly elevated dielectric permittivity of Si-based semiconductor/polymer 2-2 composites induced by high polarity polymers”. Journal of Physics D: Applied. Physics. 2016, 49, 075503. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/49/7 /075503  

43. Honghong Gong,Bei Miao,Xiao Zhang, Junyong Lu* and Zhicheng Zhang* "High-field Anti-ferroelectric-like Behavior in Uniaxially Stretched Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene) -grafted-poly(methyl methacrylate) Films with High Energy Density." RSC Advances. 2016, 6, 1589 - 1599.

♦ 2015

42. Zhong Li, Jian Wang, Xiao Wang, Qinghao Yang, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Ferro- and piezo-electric properties of a poly(vinyl fluoride) film with high ferro- to para-electric phase transition temperature." RSC Advances. 2015, 5, 80950-80955.

41. Yefeng Feng, Honghong Gong, Yunchun Xie, Xiaoyong Wei, Lanjun Yang, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Strong induced polarity between Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene)and α-SiC and its influence on dielectric permittivity and loss of their composites". Journal of Applied Physics. 2015, 117, 094104.

40. Honghong Gong, Junjie Li, Daming Di, Na Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Influence of less initiator on the living performance of atom transfer radical polymerization and the structure of the synthesized grafted copolymer". RSC Advances. 2015, 5, 19117-19127.

♦ 2014

39. Xin Hu, Shaobo Tan, Guoxin Gao, Yunchuan Xie, Qinzhuo Wang, Na Li,  Zhicheng Zhang*. "Synthesis of Unsaturation Containing P(VDF-co-TrFE-co-CTFE) from (VDF-co-CTFE) in One-Pot Catalyzed with Cu(0)-Based Single Electron ransfer Living Radical Polymerization System".  Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 2014, 2, 3429-34401.

38. Junjie Li, Honghong Gong, Qi Yang, Yunchuan Xie, Lanjun Yang, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Linear-like dielectric behavior and low energy loss achieved in poly(ethyl methacrylate) modified poly(vinylidene-co-trifluoroethylene) ". Applied Physics Letters. 2014, 104, 263901.

37. Weimin Xia, Qingping Zhang, Xiao Wang, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Electrical Energy Discharging Performance of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) by Tuning Its Ferroelectric Relaxation with Polymethyl Methacrylate". Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2014, 131(7): 40114.

36. Jing Chen, Shaobo Tan, Guoxin Gao, Huayi Li, Zhicheng Zhang* “Synthesis and Characterization of Thermally Self-curable Fluoropolymer Triggered by TEMPO in One-pot for High Performance Rubber Application” Polymer Chemistry. 2014,5, 2130-2141.

♦ 2013

35. Fei Wen, Zhuo Xu, Weimin Xia, Hongjun Ye, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhicheng Zhang " High-Energy-Density Poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) Thin Films" Journal of Electronic Materials. 2013, 42, 3489-3493.

34. Fei Wen, Zhuo Xu, Weimin Xia, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhicheng Zhang* “High dielectric permittivity and low dielectric loss nanocomposites based on poly(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) and graphene nanosheets” Journal of Advanced Dielectrics. 2013, 3(2): 1350010.

33. Fei Wen, Zhuo Xu, Shaobo Tan, Weimin Xia, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhicheng Zhang*. "Chemical Bonding Induced Low Dielectric Loss and Low Conductivity in High-K poly (vinylidene fluoride trifluorethylene/Graphene Nanosheets Nanocomposites" ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2013, 5(19), 9411-9420.

32.Shaobo Tan, Xin Hu, Shujiang Ding, Zhicheng Zhang*, Huayi Li, Lanjun Yang “Significantly improving dielectric and energy storage properties via uniaxially strething crosslinked P(VDF-co-TrFE) films”. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2013, 1 (35), 10353 - 10361.

31.Xin Hu, Junjie Li, Huayi Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Cu(0)/2,6-bis(imino)pyridines catalyzed SET-LRP of MMA initiated with P(VDF-co-CTFE)”. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 2013, 51(20), 4378-4388. 

30. Weimin Xia, Zhuo Xu*, Zhicheng Zhang*, Huayi Li “Dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of a poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) synthesized via a hydrogenation process”. Polymer. 2013, 54, 440-446.

29. Junjie Li, Xin Hu, Guoxin Gao, Shujiang Ding, Huayi Li, Lanjun Yang, Zhicheng Zhang* “Tuning Phase Transition and Ferroelectric Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) via Grafting with Desired Poly(methacrylic ester)s as Side Chains”. Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2013,1,1111-1121.

28. Fei Wen, Zhuo Xu, Weimin Xia, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhicheng Zhang*. “High energy density nanocomposites based on poly (vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene) and barium titanate”. Polymer Engineering and Science. 2013, 53(4), 897-904.

27. Qiuping Zhang, Weimin Xia, Zhigang Zhu, Zhicheng Zhang*.“Crystal Phase of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) Synthesized via Hydrogenation of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co- chlorotrifluoroethylene)”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2013,127(4), 3002-3008.

♦ 2012

26. Shaobo Tan, Junjie Li, Guoxin Gao, Huayi Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Synthesis of fluoropolymer containing tunable unsaturation by a controlled dehydrochlorination of P(VDF-co-CTFE) and its curing for high performance rubber applications”. Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2012, 22, 18496-18505.

25. Junjie Li, Shaobo Tan, Shujiang Ding, Huayi Li, Lanjun Yang, Zhicheng Zhang* “High-field antiferroelectric behaviour and minimized energy loss in poly(vinylidene-co-trifluoroethylene)-graftpoly(ethyl methacrylate) for energy storage application” Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2012, 22(44), 23468-23476.

24. Xin Hu, Junjie Li, Huayi Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Synthesis and characterization of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene)-grafted-poly(acrylonitrile) via single electron transfer-living radical polymerization process”. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 2012, 50(15), 3126-3134.

23. Weimin Xia, Zhuo Xu, Qiuping Zhang, Zhicheng Zhang*. Yuanqing Chen “Dependence of Dielectric, Ferroelectric, and Piezoelectric Properties on    Crystalline Properties of P(VDF-co-TrFE) Copolymers”. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. 2012, 50, 1271-1276.

22. Weimin Xia, Zhuo Xu, Fei Wen, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Electrical energy density and dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene)/BaSrTiO3 nanocomposites”. Ceramics International. 2012, 38,1071-1075.

♦ 2011

21. Shaobo Tan, Erqiang Liu, Qiuping Zhang, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Controlled Hydrogenation of P(VDF-co-CTFE) to Prepare P(VDF-co-TrFE-co-CTFE) in the Presence of CuX(X=Cl, Br) Complexes”. Chemical Communications. 2011, 47(15), 4544–4546.

20. Shaobo Tan, Junjie Li, Zhicheng Zhang*.“Study of Chain Transfer Reaction in the Initiation Stage of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”. Macromolecules. 2011, 44, 7911-7916.

19. Junjie Li, Qingjie Meng, Wenjing Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Influence of Crystalline Properties on the Dielectric and Energy Storage Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride)”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2011, 122(3), 1659-1668.

♦ 2010

18. Weimin Xia, Fei Wen, Zhuo Xu, Wenjing Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Crystalline Properties Dependence of Dielectric and Energy Storage Properties of Poly (vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene)”. Applied Physics Letters. 2010, 97, 222905.

17. Wenjing Li, Qingjie Meng, Yuansuo Zheng, Zhicheng Zhang*. Weimin Xia, Zhuo Xu. “Energy Storage Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride)”. Applied Physics Letters. 2010, 96, 192905.

16. Qingjie Meng, Zhicheng Zhang*, T. C. Mike Chung. “Energy storage study of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorotrifluoro ethylene) terpolymers”. Polymer. 2009, 50, 707-715.

15. Qingjie Meng, Wenjing Li, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Effect of Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) Addition on Dielectric and Energy Storage Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF)”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2010, 116(5), 2674.

14. Shaobo Tan, Qinghao Yang, Zhicheng Zhang*. “Synthesis and Characterization of P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)-g-SPS”. Acta Polymerica Sinica. 2010,11,1269-1275.

13. Erqiang Liu, Zhicheng Zhang*. “A New Method Preparing VDF/CTFE/TrFE Terpolymer by Reductive Dechlorination of VDF/CTFE Copolymer”. Acta Polymerica Sinica. 2010, 8, 1087-1093.

♦ 2009

12. Zhicheng Zhang, T. C. Mike Chung. “The structure-Property relationship of PVDF-based polymers with energy storage and loss under applied electric fields”. Macromolecules. 2007, 40, 9391-9397.

11. Zhicheng Zhang, E. Chalkova, M. Fedkin, C. M. Wang, S. N. Lvov, S. Komaneni, T. C. Mike Chung. “Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-g-sulfonated Polystyrene Graft Copolymers for Proton Exchange Membrane”. Macromolecules. 2008, 41, 9130-9139.

10. Zhicheng Zhang, Zhiming Wang, T. C. Mike Chung. “Synthesis of Chain End Functionalized Fluoropolymers by Functional Borane Initiators and Application in the Exfoliated Fluoropolymer/Clay Nanocomposites”. Macromolecules. 2007, 40, 5235-5240.

09. Zhicheng Zhang, T.C. Mike Chung. “Study of Fluoropolymers for High Pulsed Capacitor with High Energy Density and Low Energy Loss”. Macromolecules. 2007, 40, 783-785.

08. Zhicheng Zhang, T.C. Mike Chung. “Reaction Mechanism of Borane/Oxygen Radical Initiators during the Polymerization of Fluoromonomers”. Macromolecules. 2006, 39(16), 5187-5189.

07. Zhicheng Zhang, Zhanxia Lu, Shangtao Chen, Huayi Li, Xiaofan Zhang, Yingying Lu, Youliang Hu. “Synthesis of branched polyethylene from ethylene stock by an interference-free tandem catalysis of TiCl4/MgCl2 and iron catalyst”. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical. 2005, 236(1-2), 87-93.

06. Zhicheng Zhang, Junfeng Zou, Nannan Cui, Yucai Ke,, Youliang Hu “Ethylene Oligomerization Catalyzed by a Novel Iron Complex Containing Fluoro and Methyl Substituents”. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical. 2004, 219(2), 249-254.

05. Zhicheng Zhang, Shangtao Chen, Xiaofan Zhang, Huayi Li, Yucai Ke, Yingying Lu, Youliang Hu. “A series of novel 2,6-bis(imino)pyridyl iron catalysts: synthesis, characterization and ethylene oligomerization”. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical. 2005, 230(1), 1-8.

04. Zhicheng Zhang, Nannan Cui, Yingying Lu, Yucai Ke, Youliang Hu “Preparation of LLDPE by in situ Copolymerization of Ethylene with a New Iron Oligomerization Catalyst and rac-Et(Ind)2ZrCl2”. Journal of Polymer Science A: Polymer Chemistry. 2005,43, 984-993.

03. Zhicheng Zhang, Ruyi Wang, Yucai Ke, Yuansuo Zheng, Cunyue Guo, Nannan Cui, Youliang Hu. “A metalloncene catalyst supported on MMT used in in situ polymerization to prepare LLDPE”. Acta Polymerica Sinica. 2004, (5), 713-718.

02. Zhang Zhicheng, Ke Yucai, Lu Yingying, Cui Nannan, Hu Youliang “Synthesis of a novel bis(imino)pyridyl iron complexes and study on oligomerization of ethylene”. Acta Polymerica Sinica. 2005, (2),191-196.

01. Zhicheng Zhang, Cunyue Guo, Nannan Cui, Yucai Ke, Youliang Hu. “Preparation of LLDPE by in situ copolymerization of ethylene with Zr supported on MMT/Fe/MAO catalyst system”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2004, 94(4), 1690-1696.