office location:306 of Hua Sheng Lou
Research Interests:Energy materials, Energy Conversion and Storage, Micro-nano devices, Self powered Sensor

2015/01~Now: University of Science and Technology Beijing School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, Professor 2011/06~2014/12: Capital Medical University School of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor 2009/08~2010/08: Key Laboratory of Green Energy, South Korea, Research Professor 2006/07~2008/07: Beihang University School of Materials Science and Engineering,Postdoctor Community Service Prof. Cao is the associate editor of Nano Energy (IF: 15.548) and editorial advisory board of Appl. Mater. Today. She is also the editorial committee of the Asian Adv. Mater. Congr. and the director of Chinese Chemical Society. Prof. Cao was invited as the evaluation expert of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education Research Fund, Key Projects of Beijing Science and Technology Commission and so on. She is also a referee for numerous prestigious journals, such as Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy. Mater., ACS Nano, Nano Energy, Nano Research and Biosens. Bioelectron. Honor Education Ministry's New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Plan

Scientific research achievements

In the past five years, Prof. Cao has published more than 100 papers in Energy Environ. Sci.、Adv. Mater.、Adv. Energy Mater.、Nano Energy and ACS Nano. In these published paper, 70 papers have been published in the name of first author or corresponding author, and the IF of about 60 published paper are more than 10, where the maximum impact factor is 33.25, and the average impact factor is 15.68. It is worth mentioning that the citations of these papers are more than 2000, and a single article has been cited 275. Prof. Cao has applied for more than 40 patents, and 20 patents are granted patent. Moreover, the ideas in the granted patents have transformed to products and realized industrialization. Furthermore, the teaching aids based triboelectrification, self-powered pinwheel, triboelectrification air purification system and NairTeng have been listed in the market. Prof. Cao has received funding from the National Key R&D Project from Minister of Science and Technology, China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and other more than 10 projects. The total funding for supporting her research is more than 20 Million.

Enrollment plan

Ph.D Candidates, 1-2 persons one year; Master degree candidate, 2 persons one year. Undergraduate degree winners should come from the University of 211 Project or above.

Representative papers

1.Chen Y. D., Cheng Y., Jie Y., Cao X.*, Wang, N.*, Wang, Z. L.*.. Energy harvesting and wireless power transmission by a hybridized electromagnetic–triboelectric nanogenerator. Energy & Environmental Science, 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9EE01245A. 2.Cao X, Zhang M., Huang J. R., Jiang T., Zou J. D., Wang N. *, Wang Z. L. * Inductor-Free Wireless Energy Delivery via Maxwell’s Displacement Current from an Electrodeless Triboelectric Nanogenerator. Advanced Materials, 2018, 30: 1704077. 3.Li Z. L., Chen J., Guo H. Y., Fan X., Wen Z., Yeh M. H., Yu C. W., Cao X.*, Wang Z. L.* Triboelectrification-Enabled Self-Powered Detection and Removal of Heavy Metal Ions in Wastewater. Advanced Materials, 2016, 28: 2983-2991. 4.Tang W., Han Y., Han C. B., Gao C. Z., Cao X.*, Wang Z. L.* Self-powered Water Splitting Using Flowing Kinetic Energy. Advanced Materials, 2014, 27: 272-276. 5.Jie Y., Ma J. M., Chen, Y. D., Cao X.*, Wang N.*, Wang Z. L.*. Efficient Delivery of Power Generated by a Rotating Triboelectric Nanogenerator by Conjunction of Wired and Wireless Transmissions Using Maxwell's Displacement Currents. Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8: 1802084. 6.Zou J. D., Zhang M., Huang J .R., Bian J., Jie Y., Magnus W, Cao X.*, Wang N.*, Wang Z. L.*. Coupled Supercapacitor and Triboelectric Nanogenerator boost Biomimetic Pressure Sensor. Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8(10): 1702671. 7.Jie Y., Jia X. T., Zou J. D., Chen Y. D., Wang N.*, Wang Z. L.*, Cao X.*. Natural leaf made triboelectric nanogenerator for harvesting environmental mechanical energy. Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8: 1703133. 8.Li T., Xu Y., Xing F., Cao X.*, Bian J., Wang N.*, Wang Z. L.*. Boosting photoelectrochemical water splitting by TENG‐charged Li‐ion battery. Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 7: 1700124. 9.Chen S. W., Cao X.*, Wang N.*, Ma L., Zhu H. R., Willander M., Jie Y., Wang Z. L.*. An ultrathin flexible single‐electrode triboelectric‐nanogenerator for mechanical energy harvesting and instantaneous force sensing. Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 7, 1601255. 10.Cao X., Jie Y., Wang N.*, Wang, Z. L.*. Triboelectric nanogenerators driven self‐powered electrochemical processes for energy and environmental science. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6: 1600665. 11.Chen S. W., Wang N., Ma L., Li T., Willander M., Jie Y., Cao X.*, Wang Z. L.* Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment via a Self‐Powered Electrochemical Process. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6: 1501778. 12.Wu W. J.1, Cao X.1, Zou J. D, Ma Y., Wu X. H., Sun C. Z., Li M., Wang N.*, Wang Z. L.*, Zhang, L. Q.*. Triboelectric nanogenerator boosts smart green tires. Advanced Functional Materials, 2018: 1806331. 13.Li T., Xu Y., Willander M., Xing F., Cao X. *, Wang N. *, Wang Z. L. *. Lightweight triboelectric nanogenerator for energy harvesting and sensing tiny mechanical motion. Advanced Functional Materials, 2016, 26: 4370-4376. 14.Tang W., Jiang T., Fan F. R., Yu A. F., Zhang C., Cao X. *, Wang Z. L. *. Liquid-metal electrode for high-performance triboelectric nanogenerator at an instantaneous energy conversion efficiency of 70.6%. Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, 25: 3718-3725. 15.Guo Y. L., Chen Y. D., Ma J. M., Zhu H. R., Cao X. *, Wang N. *, Wang Z. L. *. Harvesting wind energy: A hybridized design of pinwheel by coupling triboelectrification and electromagnetic induction effects. Nano Energy, 2019, 60: 641-648. 16.Cheng Y., Wu D., Hao S. F., Jie Y., Cao X. *, Wang N. *, Wang Z. L. *. Highly stretchable triboelectric tactile sensor for electronic skin. Nano Energy, 2019, 64: 103907. 17.Wang N., Zou J. D., Yang Y. X., Li X. Y., Guo Y. L., Jiang C., Jia X. T., Cao X. *. Kelp-inspired biomimetic triboelectric nanogenerator boosts wave energy harvesting. Nano Energy, 2019, 55: 541-547. 18.Wang N., Dou W., Hao S. F., Cheng Y., Zhou D., Huang X. M., Jiang C, Cao X.*. Tactile sensor from self-chargeable piezoelectric supercapacitor. Nano Energy, 2019, 56: 868-874. 19.Wu, W. J., Yang T. X., Zhang Y. X., Wang F., Nie, Q. H., Ma Y., Cao, X.*, Wang Z. L. *, Wang N. *, Zhang, L. Q.*. Application of Displacement-Current-Governed Triboelectric Nanogenerator in an Electrostatic Discharge Protection System for the Next-Generation Green Tire. ACS Nano, 2019, 13: 8202-8212. 20.Guo H. J., Jia X. T., Liu L., Cao X. *, Wang N. *, Wang Z. L. *. Freestanding triboelectric nanogenerator enables noncontact motion-tracking and positioning. ACS Nano, 2018, 12: 3461-3467.

Postgraduate training

Doctorate student, 11 persons; Graduate student, 28 persons

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