Group Members

Group Leader

Dr. Zhe Cheng

Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Miami, Florida 33199
Tel: +1-305-348-1973
Dr. Cheng CV


Before joining FIU, Professor Cheng worked in the area of advanced metallization materials for silicon solar cells at the Central Research & Development department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) in Wilmington, Delaware.  Dr. Cheng’s expertise is in the design, synthesis, processing, and characterizations of advanced functional ceramic and ceramic-metal hybrid materials for solid-state energy conversion (such as solid oxide fuel cells and solar cells) and applications under extreme conditions (such as high temperature or high pressure)

Ph.D. Students

Suprabha Das

2020 Aug –
M.S. University of Allahabad (a central university), Allahabad, India (2019)
B.S. Physics, University of Calcutta (2017)
Current Project: Novel Rapid Processing of Advanced Ceramics
Major Publications & Presentations:
1. Das, Suprabha; Dubois, Diego; Sozal, Md Shariful Islam; Emirov, Yusuf; Jafarizadeh, Borzooye; Wang, Chunlei; Drozd, Vadym; Durygin, Andriy; Cheng, Zhe*. “Synthesis and flash sintering of zirconium nitride powder,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2022), 105, DOI:10.1111/jace.18421 


Wenhao Li

2021 Aug –
M.S. Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China (2020)
B.S. Process Equipment and Control Engineering, Sichuan University, China (2017)
Current Project: New electrode and electrolyte materials for intermediate temperature proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (IT-PCSOFC)


Raiyan Bin Sabroj

2023 Jan –
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Bangladesh (2021)

Current Project: Flash sintering for tungsten and related materials


Md Shariful Sozal

2019 Aug –
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET), Bangladesh (2014)

Current Project: Fundamentals for hydrogen electrode reaction of intermediate temperature proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (IT-PCSOFC)
Major Publications & Presentations:
1. Sozal, Md Shariful Islam; Tang, Wei;  Das, Suprabha; Li, Wenhao; Durygin, Andriy; Drozd, Vadym; Zhang, Cheng; Jafarizadeh, Borzooye; Wang, Chunlei; Agarwal, Arvind; Ding, Dong; Cheng, Zhe*. “Electrical, thermal, and H2O and CO2 poisoning behaviors of PrNi0.5Co0.5O3-δ electrode for intermediate temperature protonic ceramic electrochemical cells,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2022)
47 (51), 21817-21827. DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.05.011




Undergraduate Students