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Yusheng Zhou

Yusheng Zhou

Graduate Student

Office: 276CC IPST Building
Telephone: N/A
Fax: 404-894-9140
Mailing Address: 276CC IPST Building
Georgia Institute of Technology
500 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Biosketch | Research Area | Publications | Highlights | Honors


  • Ph. D. Candidate in Materials Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 2010-present
  • M. S. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 2012-2014
  • M. S. in Optics, Beihang University, China,2007-2010
  • B. S. in Applied Physics, Beihang University, China, 2003-2007

Research Area

  • Scanning probe microscopic study of electrical-mechanical coupling effect in one dimensional piezoelectric semiconductor nanowires (ZnO, GaN, CdSe etc.)
  • AFM/SPM based characterization methodology for contact electrification and/or tribo-electrification
  • Development of energy harvesting devices (TENGs) and self power sensors
  • Physical and chemical synthesis of ZnO nanowires with controlled alignment and location, and integration of nanowires into flexible micro/nano-electro-mechanical devices for energy harvesting and mechanical sensing


  1. Y. S. Zhou, S. Wang. Y. Yang, G. Zhu, S. M. Niu, Z. H. Lin, Z. L. Wang. Manipulating surface contact electrification by applied electric field. Nano Letters,14 (3), pp 1567–1572, 2014
  2. Y. S. Zhou*, G. Zhu*, S. Niu*, Y. Liu1, P. Bai1, Q. Jing, Z. L. Wang. Nanometer resolution self-powered static and dynamic motion sensor based on micro-grated triboelectrification. Advanced. Materials. 26 (11), 1719-1724, 2014
  3. Y. S. Zhou*, Y. Liu*, G. Zhu*, Z.H. Lin, C. Pan, Q. Jing, Z. L. Wang. In Situ Quantitative Study of Nanoscale Triboelectrification and Patterning. Nano Letters., 13(6), pp 2771–2776, 2013
  4. Y. Yang*, Y. S. Zhou*, H. Zhang, Y. Liu, S. Lee, Z. L. Wang, A Single-Electrode Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator as Self‐Powered Tracking System. Advanced Materials 25 (45), 6594-6601, 2013
  5. Y. S. Zhou*, R. Hinchet*, Y. Yang, G. Ardila, R. Songmuang, F. Zhang, Y. Zhang, W. Han, K. Pradel, L. Montès, M. Mouis, and Z. L. Wang, “Nano-Newton Transverse Force Sensor Using a Vertical GaN Nanowire based on the Piezotronic Effect" Advanced Materials, 25 (6), 883-888, 2013
  6. Y. S. Zhou*, K. Wang*, W. Han*, S. C. Rai, Y. Zhang, Y. Ding, C. Pan, F. Zhang, W. Zhou, and Z. L. Wang, “Vertically Aligned CdSe Nanowire Arrays for Energy Harvesting and Piezotronic Devices" ACS NANO, 2012, 6 (7), pp 6478–6482
  7. G. Zhu, Y. S. Zhou, P. Bai, X. Meng, Q. Jing, J. Chen, Z. L. Wang. A Shape-Adaptive Thin-Film-Based Approach for 50% High-Efficiency Energy Generation through Micro-Grating Sliding Electrification.  Advanced Materials 26 (23), 3788-3796, 2014
  8. P. Bai*, G. Zhu*, Y. S. Zhou*, et al. Dipole-Moment-Induced Effect on Contact Electrification for Triboelectric Nanogenerator. Nano Research DOI: 10.1007/s12274-014-0461-8
  9. Y. Yang, Y. Zhou, J. M. Wu, and Z. L. Wang, Single Micro/Nanowire Pyroelectric Nanogenerators as Self-Powered Temperature Sensors. ACS NANO, 6 (9), pp 8456–8461, 2012
  10. W. Han, Y. S. Zhou, Y. Zhang, C. Y. Chen, L. Lin, X. Wang, S. Wang, and Z. L. Wang, Strain-Gated Piezotronic Transistors Based on Vertical Zinc Oxide Nanowires ACS NANO, 2012, 6 (5), 3760–3766
  11. G. Zhu, Y. Zhou, S. Wang, R. Yang, Y. Ding, X. Wang, Y. Bando and Z. L. Wang, Synthesis of vertically aligned ultra-long ZnO nanowires on heterogeneous substrates with catalyst at the root. Nanotechnology, 2012, 23 (5)
  12. K Pradel, W Wu, Y. Zhou, X Wen, Y Ding, ZL Wang Piezotronic effect in solution-grown p-type ZnO nanowires and films Nano Lett.,  13 (6), pp 2647–2653 2013, 
  13. Z. H. Lin, G Zhu, Y. S. Zhou, Y Yang, P Bai, J Chen, ZL Wang. A Self‐Powered Triboelectric Nanosensor for Mercury Ion Detection. Angewandte Chemie 125 (19), 5169-5173
  14. S. Niu, Y. Liu, S. Wang, Y. S. Zhou, et al. Theoretical Investigation and Structural Optimization of Single-electrode Triboelectric Nanogenerators. Adv. Funct. Mater. 24(22), pp 3332–3340, 2014
  15. Lin, Z.-H.; Cheng, G.; Yang, Y.; Zhou, Y. S.; Lee, S.; Wang, Z. L. Triboelectric Nanogenerator as a Self-Powered Active UV Photodetector. Adv. Funct. Mater., 24(19), pp 2810–2816, 2014
  16. S Niu, Y Liu, S Wang, L Lin, YS Zhou, Y Hu, ZL Wang. Theory of Sliding‐Mode Triboelectric Nanogenerators. Advanced Materials 25 (43), 6184-6193
  17. Y Yang, H Zhang, ZH Lin, YS Zhou, Q Jing, Y Su, J Yang, J Chen, C Hu, ZL Wang. Human Skin Based Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Harvesting Biomechanical Energy and as Self-Powered Active Tactile Sensor System ACS nano 7 (10), 9213-9222
  18. S Niu, S Wang, L Lin, Y Liu, YS Zhou, Y Hu, ZL Wang Theoretical Study of Contact-Mode Triboelectric Nanogenerators as an Effective Power Source. Energy Environ. Sci. 6 (12), 3576 - 3583
  19. Y Yang, H Zhang, J Chen, Q Jing, YS Zhou, X Wen, ZL Wang. Single-Electrode-Based Sliding Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Self-Powered Displacement Vector Sensor System. ACS nano 7 (8), 7342-7351
  20. Y Yang, H Zhang, ZH Lin, Y Liu, J Chen, Z Lin, Y. S. Zhou, CP Wong, Z L Wang Hybrid Energy Cell for Self-Powered Water Splitting. Energy Environ. Sci. 6, 2429-2434, 2013,
  21. S Niu, Y Hu, X Wen, Y Zhou, F Zhang, L Lin, S Wang, ZL Wang. Enhanced Performance of Flexible ZnO Nanowire Based Room‐Temperature Oxygen Sensors by Piezotronic Effect Advanced Materials. 25 (27), 3701–3706, 2013
  22. G Zhu, J Chen, Y Liu, P Bai, YS Zhou, Q Jing, C Pan, ZL Wang. Linear-grating triboelectric generator based on sliding electrification. Nano letters 13 (5), 2282-2289
  23. G Zhu, ZH Lin, Q Jing, P Bai, C Pan, Y Yang, Y Zhou, ZL Wang. Toward Large-Scale Energy Harvesting by Nanoparticle-Enhanced Triboelectric Nanogenerator Nano Letters., 13 (2), pp 847–853, 2013, 
  24. Jyh Ming Wu , Chen Xu , Yan Zhang , Ya Yang , Yusheng Zhou , and Zhong Lin Wang,Flexible and Transparent Nanogenerators Based on a Composite of Lead-Free ZnSnO3 Triangular-Belts. Advanced Materials, 2012, Online
  25. Guang Zhu, Caofeng Pan, Wenxi Guo, Chih-Yen Chen, Yusheng Zhou, Ruomeng Yu, and Zhong Lin Wang, Triboelectric-Generator-Driven Pulse Electro-deposition for Micropatterning. Nano Letters, 2012, 2012, 12 (9), 4960–4965
  26. Ya Yang, Ken C. Pradel, Qingshen Jing, Jyh Ming Wu, Fang Zhang, Yusheng Zhou, Yue Zhang, and Zhong Lin Wang, Thermoelectric Nanogenerators Based on Single Sb-Doped ZnO Micro/ Nanobelts. ACS NANO, 2012, 6 (8), 6984–6989
  27. Guang Zhu, Aurelia C. Wang, Ying Liu, Yusheng Zhou, and Zhong Lin Wang, Functional Electrical Stimulation by Nanogenerator with 58 V Output Voltage. Nano Letters, 2012, 12 (6), 3086–3090
  28. Jong Hoon Jung, Chih-Yen Chen, Byung Kil Yun, Nuri Lee, Yusheng Zhou, William Jo, Li-Jen Chou and Zhong Lin Wang, Lead-free KNbO3 ferroelectric nanorod based flexible nanogenerators and capacitors. Nanotechnology, 2012, 23, 375401
  29. Ya Yang, Wenxi Guo, Ken C. Pradel, Guang Zhu, Yusheng Zhou, Yan Zhang, Youfan Hu, Long Lin, and Zhong Lin Wang, “Pyroelectric Nanogenerators for Harvesting Thermoelectric Energy” Nano Letters, 2012, 12 (6), 2833–2838
  30. Cheng-Ying Chen, Te-Hsiang Liu, Yusheng Zhou, Yan Zhang, Yu-Lun Chueh, Ying-Hao Chu, Jr-HauHe, Zhong Lin Wang, Electricity generation based on vertically aligned PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 nanowire arrays Nano Energy, 2012, 1 (3), 424-428
  31. Jong Hoon Jung, Chih-Yen Chen, Wen-Wei Wu, Jung-Il Hong, Byung Kil Yun, Yusheng Zhou, Nuri Lee, William Jo, Lih-Juann Chen, Li-Jen Chou, and Zhong Lin Wang, In Situ Observation of Dehydration-Induced Phase Transformation from Na2Nb2O6−H2O to NaNbO3 The Journal of Physics Chemistry, 2012, Online
  32. Cheng-Ying Chen, Jun-Han Huang, Jinhui Song, Yusheng Zhou, Long Lin, Po-Chien Huang, Yan Zhang, Chuan-Pu Liu, Jr-Hau He, and Zhong Lin Wang , Anisotropic Outputs of a Nanogenerator from Oblique-Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays. ACS NANO, 2011, 5 (8), 6707–6713
  33. W Cai, G Shang, Y Zhou, P Xu, J Yao An alternative flat scanner and micropositioning method for scanning probe microscope. Rev. of Sci. Instrum. 81 (12), 123701-123701-5, 2010
  34. Y Zhou, G Shang, W Cai, J Yao Cantilevered bimorph-based scanner for high speed atomic force microscopy with large scanning range. Rev. of Sci. Instrum. 81 (5), 053708-5, 2010
  35. Y. Zhou, R WANG, G SHANG, J YAO. Development and applications of monochromator in transmission electron microscope. Journal of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society 1, 18, 2009

Research Highlights

  • Investigated electrical-mechanical coupling effect of one dimensional piezoelectric semiconductor nanowires (ZnO, GaN and CdSe) as potential 2-terminal strain controlled transistors (Advanced Materials, 25 (6), 883-888, 2013;  ACS NANO, 2012, 6 (7), pp 6478–6482; ACS NANO, 2012, 6 (5), 3760–3766)
  • Developed an SPM/AFM based characterization method for in-situ quantification of triboelectrification at nano scale (Nano Letters., 13(6), pp 2771–2776, 2013; Nano Letters,14 (3), pp 1567–1572)
  • Designed and fabricated a self-powered displacement sensor based on micro-grated triboelectrification, achieving combined feature of high resolution, long detection distance, low power consumption and simple structure (Advanced. Materials. 26 (11), 1719-1724, 2014)