Dr Man Zhang

Dr Man Zhang


Dr Zhang’s research area is mainly focused on functional ceramics, including dielectrics, piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics. She is carrying out research on the fundamental physics of those materials and their applications in sensors, capacitors, clean energy, communication, healthcare, etc. 

Dr Zhang’s research has been funded by EPSRC and industry. She has published 22 high impact papers in Advanced Energy Materials, Journal of Materials Science & Technology, Acta Materialia, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ACS Photonics, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Chemistry of Materials, etc. She serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals.She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOMMM) and she is a Charted Engineer (CEng). 

Research interests

Dr Zhang’s research is focused on the fabrication, characterization and applications of novel functional ceramics. 

A notable achievement has been made in her research on the dielectric behaviour of ferroelectrics at THz frequency. She has reported for the first time that ferroelectric domain walls are active at the THz band, which will boost applications of ferroelectrics at this frequency range; Her research on clean energy has reported a facile and low cost way of producing noble-metal-free photocatalyst with high photocatalytic property and extended working optical frequency. Her work also involves the development of high entropy ferroelectric ceramis with greatly improved properties, ferroelectric materials for high temperature piezoelectric sensors, dielectrics for dental application, room temperature multiferroic materials for memory application, etc.

Her research interests include: 

  • Novel electro optic ferroelectrics 
  • Lead free ferroelectrics for capacitors and piezoelectric sensors
  • Application of dielectrics at MW and THz frequency
  • Ferroelectrics for clean energy 
  • Multiferroelectrics for computer memories
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  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
  • M.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering
  • B.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
  • Charted Engineer

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