Dr. Zhao received B.S. and M.S. degrees in polymer chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Akron. After completing his postdoctoral research in Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Zhao joined the chemistry faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2002 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2008, and became a full professor in 2013. His current research interests center on stimuli-responsive soft and hybrid materials, including environmentally responsive hairy particles, stimuli-sensitive block copolymer micelles and gels, hybrid hydrogels, chemically crosslinked hydrogels, and supported catalysts.
Focus Areas: Polymer Chemistry | Surface Chemistry | Polymer Hydrogels | Polymer Brushes
Skills and Expertise: Polymer Synthesis and Characterization | Surface Modification and Analysis | “Living”/Controlled Polymerization Techniques | Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels | Preparation of Hairy Nanoparticles