Prof. Zhao obtained his B. Eng, M. Eng and PhD degrees from ZJU in 1982, 1985 and 1990 respectively. He Joined the Dept of MSE, ZJU in 1985 and studied in RWTH Aachen from 1987 to 1990. He was the associate director of the Dept from 1993 to 1999 and the Dept director from 1999 to 2006. He was promoted to full professor in 1995. He is presently the Qiushi distinguished professor of Zhejiang University, director member of Chinese Materials Research Society and Chinese Rare Earth Society, member of the Expert Committee of NSFC in Metallic Materials, and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Science and Engineering.
Prof. Zhao’s research works focus mainly on thermoelectric materials including bismuth telluride and silver antimony germanium telluride based high-performance thermoelectric nanocomposites and magnesium silicide based environment-friendly thermoelectric materials, and lithium-ion battery materials, especially lithium iron phosphate cathode materials for lithium-ion power batteries. He has published more than 200 SCI-cited journal papers, and holds more than 20 inventions.
Research work

Thermoelectric materials, Lithium-ion materials