Prof. Dr. Zhaoju Yu

Age: 40

Area of research: from molecular approach to advanced ceramic materials, from synthesis via processing to properties

Name of my Research Institute:

Xiamen University, P.R. China

Research period at the TU Darmstadt: 01. July 2017 to 30. June 2018

Prof. Dr. Zhaoju Yu.

Questionnaire to the Research Fellow

My field of research is fascinating. To laymen I would explain it in the following comprehensible manner:

My research interest is devoted to molecularly derived advanced energy materials with exceptional properties such as ultra-high temperature resistance in corrosive environments, improved electrochemical water splitting, improved storage capacity for stationary and mobile battery applications, and enhanced electromagnetic absorption and shielding for environmental protection of aerospace devices, vehicles and workspaces from electromagnetic radiation.

My most important success in research to date is…

to systematically assess the interrelation between materials synthesis, phase composition, microstructure and materials properties of single-source precursor-derived multicomponent ceramics and ceramic nanocomposites.

Professor Zhaouji Yu with her host Professor Ralf Riedel.
Professor Zhaouji Yu with her host Professor Ralf Riedel.

I’ve chosen the TU Darmstadt because of…

two reasons. First: TU Darmstadt is one of the leading technical universities in Germany. Its continuous innovative and interdisciplinary research and high level teaching and education have been locally and internationally appreciated and confirmed by various rankings and recommendations.

Second: Leading research work of my host, Prof. Ralf Riedel’s group, in the field of the development of novel strategies suitable for the synthesis of inorganic, oxidic and non-oxidic materials with properties beyond the state of the art.

Questionnaire for the host

Guest of: Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel

Department: Materials and Earth Sciences

Our guest favourably impressed us by… her outstanding expertise in innovative routes for the synthesis of materials with advanced structural and functional properties.

Our team and the TU Darmstadt benefit from our guest’s contribution… to strengthen and to establish new fields of research in our group regarding high-temperature resistant materials, photo catalysts and battery materials for energy conversion and storage applications.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel.