Huiyuan Zhu, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
269 Goodwin Hall
Phone: (540)231-5498
Fax: (540)231-5022

Dr. Huiyuan Zhu is currently an assistant professor in Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT). Before coming to VT, she was a research scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She joined ORNL in November 2014 as one of the inaugural Liane Russell fellows. She spent four years at Brown University as both a research assistant and a teaching assistant with Prof. Shouheng Sun and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in August 2014. She received her B. Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, 2009.

Outside research, she loves sci-fi novels. Her favorite one is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. “Don’t Panic. Mostly Harmless!”


Professional Experience

2018.8-Present: Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

2014.11-2018.6: Research Staff (Liane B. Russell Fellow), Nanomaterials Chemistry Group, Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN


Teaching Experience

Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020: Mass and Energy Balances (CHE 2114)

Fall 2020: Modern Aspects of Nanoscience and Electrocatalysis (CHE 5984) 

Fall 2019, Fall 2018: Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics (CHE5094)


Honors and Awards

·     2022   Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award, College of     

                  Engineering, Virginia Tech

·     2022   NSF CAREER Award

·     2021   Class of Influential Researcher, Industrial and Engineering   

                 Chemistry Research

·     2021   Emerging Investigator, Nanoscale

·     2020  Jeffress Trust Award

·     2020  ORAU Ralph E Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

·     2020  Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry A

·     2020  Doctoral New Investigator Award, ACS Petroleum Research


·     2019   Assistant Professor Mentoring Award, Virginia Tech      

·     2014   Liane B. Russell Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

·     2013   Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed

                  Students Abroad

·     2013   IPMI (International Precious Metals Institute) Gemini Graduate

                 Student Award