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Research Associate Professor

Education Experience

Mar. 2014-Apr. 2016   University of Virginia Postdoctoral
Jan. 2011-Feb. 2014 Politecnico di Milano PHD
Sep. 2006-Jul. 2009 Politecnico di Milano Master
Sep. 2002-Jul. 2006 Tongji University Bachelor

Work Experience

From Mar. 2018,Southern University of Science and Technology,Research Associate Professor

Nov. 2017-Mar. 2018 Southern University of Science and Technology Research Assistant Professor

May. 2016-Oct. 2017 Ningbo International Material Genetic Engineering Institute Research Fellow

Apr. 2014-Apr. 2016 University of Virginia Associate research Fellow

Aug. 2009-Jan. 2011 Politecnico di Milano Assistant Research Fellow

Research Field

Material science-Physics, electrochemistry, metallurgy, etc.


Overseas High-Caliber Personnel (Level C)


  1. F. Zhao, S. Franz, A. Vicenzo, P.L. Cavallotti, M. Sansotera, W. Navarrini, Electrodeposition of nanostructured columnar cobalt for self-lubricant coatings, Electrochimica Acta 56 (2011) 9644–9651.

  2. F. Zhao, S. Franz, A. Vicenzo, M. Bestetti, F. Venturini, P.L. Cavallotti, Electrodeposition of Fe-Ga thin films from eutectic-based ionic liquid, Electrochimica Acta 114 (2013) 878-888.

  3. Hashempour, A. Vicenzo, F. Zhao, M. Bestetti, Direct growth of MWCNTs on 316 stainless steel by chemical vapor deposition: Effect of surface nano-features on CNT growth and structure, Carbon 63 (2013) 330–347.

  4. F. Zhao, A. Vicenzo, M. Hashempour, M. Bestetti, Supercapacitor electrodes by direct growth of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on Al: a study of performance versus layer growth evolution, Electrochimica Acta 150 (2014) 35–45.

  5. M. Hashempour , A. Vicenzo, F. Zhao, M. Bestetti, Effects of CVD direct growth of carbon nanotubes and nanofibers on microstructure and electrochemical corrosion behavior of 316 stainless steel, Materials Characterization 92 (2014) 64-76.

  6. F. Zhao, S. Franz, A. Vicenzo, M. Bestetti, P.L. Cavallotti, Nanopillar array film of cellular cobalt by wet etching of the grain boundaries, Materials letters 141 (2015) 172-175.

  7. F. Zhao, Y. Xu, M. Mibus, G. Zangari, The induced codeposition of Cu-Ge alloy films, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 164 (6) D354-D361.

  8. F. Zhao, Y. Xu, M. Tumelero, S. Pelegrini, A. Pasa, G. Zangari, Electrical Conductivity in Electrodeposited Cu-Ge(O) Alloy Films,JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 165 (13)13 D628-D634