Zhao, Minhua

Minhua Zhao
Guest Researcher
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
A. James Clark School of Engineering
General Research Interests: 
  • Electron microscopy
  • Material property characterization at the nanoscale 
  • Optical characterization techniques
  • Numerical modeling techniques 
  • Use of ImageJ and Inspect3D for image analysis, 3D reconstruction and 3D visualization.
  • Development of new characterization techniques for R&D support

Dr. Minhua Zhao is a guest researcher in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, and the Polymeric Materials Group of the Materials and Construction Research Division (MCRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Zhao joined the Polymeric Materials Group at NIST sponsored by National Research Council NIST/NIH postdoctoral fellowship in June 2007. His expertise was nanoscale characterization using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) and related techniques. His current focus was subsurface characterization of nanostructures in polymer composites by the development of quantitative electric force microscopy technique.

Prior to joining Polymeric Materials Group, he was a postdoc at the University of Connecticut, working on nanomechanical and electrochemical characterization of single living cells using AFM and functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes.
Dr. Zhao attained his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh in December 2004. His research topic was nanomechanical and electromechanical characterization on one dimensional nanostructures using atomic force microscopy. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor and lecturer for six years at Zhejiang University in China, where he got his BS and MS degrees from the Department of Material Science & Engineering.
Dr. Zhao has published 19 papers in high-impact peer reviewed journals with over 300 SCI citations so far and was the first author of a book chapter related to SPM applications. He was a frequent reviewer for several journals including Nanotechnology, Journal of Polymer Science and Journal of Applied Polymer Science.


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2004
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China, M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, 1994
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China, B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, 1991