Tianran Zhang


Address:  College of Materials Science and Opto-Electronic Techonolgy, University of Chinese Academy of Science

Research Areas

1. Controllable fabrication of Inorganic nanomateirals for electrocatalysis

2. Long lifetime rechargeable metal air batteries

3. Denisty functional theory modelling and applications


09/2009-06/2014    Ph.D. in Material of Physic and Chemistry, Nankai University, China

09/2005-06/2009    B.Sc. in Material of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, China


2021            Associate Professor ,College of Material Science and Opto-Electronic Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Science  

2015-2020   Research Fellow, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore

2014-2015   Research AssistantDirect Alcohol Fuel Cell Group, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


1. T. R. Zhang, F. Y. Cheng, J. Du, Y. X. Hu, J. Chen, Efficiently Enhancing Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalytic Activity of MnO2 using Facile Hydrogenation. Adv. Energy Mater., 2015, 5, 1400654.

2. T. R. Zhang, S. L. Zhang, S. Cao, Q. F. Yao, J. Y. Lee, Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap between Quasi-neutral and Alkaline Rechargeable Zinc-air Batteries by an Efficient Hybrid Battery DesignEnergy Storage Mater., 2020, 33, 181-187. 

3.  Y. X. Hu#, T. R. Zhang#, F. Y. Cheng, Q. Zhao, X. P. Han, J. Chen, Recycling Application of Li–MnO2 Batteries as Rechargeable Lithium–Air Batteries. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 27, 4338-4343. (#co-first author)

4.  F. Y. Cheng, T. R. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Du, X. P. Han, J. Chen, Enhancing Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction on MnO2 with Vacancies, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 2474-2477. 

5. T. R. ZhangZ. L. Tao and J. Chen, Magnesium-Air Battery: From Principle to Application, Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1,196–206. 

6. T. R. Zhang, Y. S. Zhu, J. Y. Lee, Unconventional Noble Metal-free Catalysts for Oxygen Evolution in Aqueous Systems, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 8147-8158. 

7. T. R. Zhang, S. L. Zhang, S. Cao, Q. F. Yao, J. Y. Lee, A Self-Templating Redox-Mediated Synthesis of Hollow Phosphated Manganese Oxide Nanospheres as Noble-Metal-like Oxygen Electrocatalysts, Chem. Mater., 2018, 30, 8270-8279. 

8. T. R. Zhang, N. N. Tham, Z. L. Liu, A. Fisher, J. Y. Lee, Promotion of the Bifunctional Electrocatalytic Oxygen Activity of Manganese Oxides with Dual-affinity Phosphate, Electrochim. Acta, 2018, 277, 143-150.

9.  T. R. Zhang, X. M. Ge, Z. Zhang, N. N. Tham, Z. L. Liu, A. Fisher, J. Y. Lee, Improving the Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction Activity of Manganese Oxide Nanosheets with Sulfurization-Induced Nanopores, ChemCatChem, 2018, 10, 422-429. 

10. T. R. Zhang, X. J. Yang, S. Q. Yang, D. X. Li, F. Y. Cheng, Z. L. Tao, J. Chen, Silica Hollow Nanospheres as New Nanoscaold Materials to Enhance Hydrogen Releasing from Ammonia-Borane, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 18592-18599. 

11. T. R. Zhang, X. Jiang, G. C. Li, Q. F. Yao,J. Y. Lee, A Red-Phosphorous-Assisted Ball-Milling Synthesis of Few-Layered Ti3C2Tx (MXene) Nanodot Composite, ChemNaoMat., 2018, 4, 56-60. 

12. T. R. Zhang, D. X. Li, Z. L. Tao, J. Chen, Understanding Electrode Materials of Rechargeable Lithium Batteries via DFT Calculations, Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 2013, 23, 256–272. 

13. T. R. Zhang, D. X. Li, S. Q. YangJ. Chen, Application of First Principles Calculations in Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries, Journal of Elelctrochemistry, 2012, 18, 235-242.

14. S. L. Zhang, S Cao, T. R. Zhang, J. Y. Lee, Plasmonic OxygenDeficient TiO2-x Nanocrystals for Dual-Band Electrochromic Smart Windows with Efficient Energy Recycling, Adv. Mater., 2020, 32 (43), 2004686.

15. S. Cao, S. L. Zhang, T. R. Zhang, Q. F. Yao, J. Y. Lee, A Visible Light-Near-Infrared Dual-Band Smart Window with Internal Energy Storage, Joule, 2019, 3,1152-1162.

16.  H. B. Lin, S. L. Zhang, T. R. Zhang, H. L. Ye, Q. F. Yao, G. Y. Zheng, J. Y. Lee, Elucidating the Catalytic Activity of Oxygen Deficiency in the Polysulfide Conversion Reactions of Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Adv. Energy Mater., 2018, 8, 1801868.

17.   S. J, Peng, F. Gong, L. L. Li, D. Yu, D. X. Ji, T. R. Zhang, Z. Hu, Z. Zhang, S. L. Chou, Y.H. Du, S. Ramakrishna, Necklace-like Multishelled Hollow Spinel Oxides with Oxygen Vacancies for Efficient Water Electrolysis, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 13644-13653.

18. T. H. Chang, T. R. Zhang, H. T. Yang, K. R. Li, Y. Tian, J. Y. Lee, P. Y. Chen, Controlled Crumpling of Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide (MXene) for Highly Stretchable, Bendable, Efficient Supercapacitors, ACS Nano, 2018, 12, 8048-8059.

19. Z. Zhang, T. R. Zhang, J. Y. Lee, Enhancement Effect of Borate Doping on the Oxygen Evolution Activity of α-Nickel Hydroxide, ACS App. Nano Mater., 2018, 1, 751-758.

20.  S. L. Zhang, S. Cao, T. R. Zhang, A. Fisher, J. Y. Lee, Al3+ Intercalation/de-intercalation-Enabled Dual-band Electrochromic Smart Windows with a High Optical Modulation, Quick Response and Long Cycle Life, Energy Environ. Sci. 2018, 11, 2884-2892.

21.  S. L. Zhang, S. Cao, T. R. Zhang, Q. F. Yao, A. Fisher, J. Y. Lee, Monoclinic Oxygen-Deficient Tungsten Oxide Nanowires for Dynamic and Independent Control of Near-Infrared and Visible Light Transmittance, 2018, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 291-297.

22.  S. L. Yang, T. R. Zhang, G. C. Li, L. Q. Yang, J. Y. Lee, Facile Synthesis of N/M/O (M= Fe, Co, Ni) Doped Carbons for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis in Acid Solution, Energy Storage Materials2017, 6, 140-148.

23.  X. Jiang, T. R. Zhang, J. Y. Lee, A Polymer-Infused Solid-State Synthesis of a Long Cycle-Life Na3V2(PO4)3/C Composite, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2017, 5, 8447–8455.

24. S. J. Peng, T. R. Zhang, L.L. Lin, C. Shen, F. Y. Cheng, M. Srinivasan, Q. Y. Yan, S. Ramakrishna, J. Chen, 3D Cu-doped CoS Porous Nanosheet Films as Superior Counter Electrodes for Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells, Nano Energy, 2015, 16, 163-172.

 25. X. P. Han, F. Y. Cheng, T. R. ZhangJ. G. Yang, Y. X. Hu, J. Chen, Hydrogenated Uniform Pt Clusters Supported on Porous CaMnO3 as a Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction and Evolution, Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 2047–2051.