Advanced Nanomaterials Innovation Center

Our goal

To provide comprehensive characterizations of nanomaterials for developing advanced nanomaterials such as super-lubricative, super-tough, super-hard for applications in automotive, aerodynamics, and biomechanics


Prof. Oleksiy PENKOV


Prof. Penkov is currently an associate professor at the Zhejiang University/the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJU-UIUC). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the National Technical University “KhPI” (Ukraine). In 2007, he received his doctorate in physics and mathematics, with a specialty in solid-state physics. During 2011–2019, he was a research professor at the Center for Nano-Wear at Yonsei University (Korea). His research interests cover several areas of physics, materials science, and mechanical engineering, such as nano-layered coatings, tribology, and surface engineering. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of tribology of graphene and graphene-based materials.

Prof. Huan Hu


Prof. Hu got his bachelor’s and master's degrees from Tsinghua University in China and obtained his Ph.D. in the ECE department from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then worked at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a postdoctoral research scientist for almost 3 years. He has led projects in both academia and industry and published 35 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Advanced Materials, PNAS, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology. Moreover, he has a strong application-oriented mindset and filed 20 U.S. patents (10 granted) and 6 Chinese patents (2 granted). He has extensive experience in thin-film materials and biomaterials, as well as various types of atomic force microscopic measurement techniques. He works closely with industry for research innovations and he currently has funding support from the Baidu Inc.

Prof. Weeliat Ong

Prof. Ong is currently an Associate Professor (tenure-track) at ZJUI after a postdoctoral stint at Columbia University. His Ph.D. is from Carnegie Mellon University in the field of nanoscale heat transfer. Before his Ph.D., he worked at the Institute of Microelectronics (A*STAR, Singapore) on microfluidics and bioMEMs research for several years. Wee Liat received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. (Robotics) in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He has published 27 peer-reviewed journals including Nature Materials, Nano Letters. His current research interests include investigating thermal transport at the nanoscale using non-contact laser-based techniques and atomistic simulations.

Prof. Kemal Celebi

Prof. Celebi obtained his BS degree from Bilkent University and MS degree from MIT, both in physics. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2014 and subsequently started his research group at Bilkent University, Turkey. In 2016 he moved back to Switzerland and hold a senior scientist position at ETH Zurich. Dr. Celebi has published in top journals, including one in Science. His recent research interests cover 2D materials, membrane fabrication, nanofluidics and functional coatings.

Reserch Facilities

  • AFM (Oxford Instrument)
  • SEM (Jeol)
  • FIB (Jeol)
  • Ultra-nano Indenter (UNHT3, Anton Paar)
  • A non-contact non-destructive Laser pump-probe