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Associate Professor Dong Zhili

Phone: (+65) 6790 6727
Office: ABN-B1c-19
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Eligible for 1 PhD scholarship supported by school in AY2020

Current Research Interests

(a) Processing of alloys, ceramics, and synthesis of polyoxometalates
(b) Functional geo-mimetic materials (including apatite-type, perovskite-type, spinel-type, wurtzite-type, anatase-type, and layered-type)
(c) X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy of metals and ceramics
(d) Coating and interface structure analysis by TEM/EELS
(e) Electronic structure/crystal structure -- property relationships

Biographical Information

  • Ph.D. (Materials Science and Engineering), Tsinghua University (in alliance with Osaka University), 1989
  • B.Eng. (Metallic Materials Engineering), Tsinghua University, 1984


  • Member, Microscopy Society of America, since 1999
  • Member, Materials Research Society of Singapore, since 2001.


Selected Publications

(a) J. Nutting, J. M. Guilemany, Z. Dong, “Substrate/coating interface structure of WC-Co high velocity oxygen sprayed coating on low alloy steel”, Materials Science and Technology, 1995, Vol.11, No.9, p 961-966.

(b) Z. L. Dong, K. A. Khor, C. H. Quek, T. J. White and P. Chaeng, “TEM and STEM analysis on heat-treated and in vitro plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite /Ti-6Al-4V composite coatings”, Biomaterials, 2003 (1), 24, p97-105.

(c) T. J. White, Z. L. Dong, “Structural derivation and crystal chemistry of apatite”, Acta Crystallographica B, 2003, 59 (1), p1-16.

(d) Z. L. Dong and T. J. White, “Calcium-lead fluoro-vanadinite apatites: I Disequilibrium structure”, Acta Crystallographica B, 2004, 60 (2), p138-145.

(e) L. Z. Zhang, W. Gu, Z. L. Dong, X. Liu, B. Li and M. L. Liu, “Syntheses, structures and properties of a series of photochromic hybrids based on Keggin tungstophosphates”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2009, 182, p1040 -1044.

(f) Y. Q. Shen, A. Tok, Z. L. Dong, “Development of translucent oxyapatite ceramics by spark-plasma sintering”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2010, 93 (10), p 3060-63.

(g) Y. X. Tang, Z. Chen, Z. L. Dong, “In situ formation of large-scale Ag/AgCl nanoparticles on layered titanate honeycomb by gas phase reaction for visible light degradation of phenol solution”, Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental, 2011, 106, p577-585.

(h) Y. Q. Shen, R. Chen, G. G. Gurzadyan, J. L. Xu, H. D. Sun, K. A. Khor, Z. L. Dong, “Fabrication ans spectroscopic characterization of Ce3+ doped Sr2Y8(SiO4)6O2 translucent ceramics”, Optical Materials, 2012, 34, p 1155-1160.

(i) Z. P. Li, M. Bosman, Z. Yang, P. Ren, L. Wang, L. Cao, X. J. Yu, C. Ke, M. B. H. Breese, A. Rusydi, W. G. Zhu, Z. L. Dong, and Y. L. Foo, “Interface and surface cation stoichiometry modified by oxygen vacancies in epitaxial manganite films”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2012, 22, p 4312-21.

(j) Y. Tang, Z. Jiang, G. Xing, A. Li, P. D. Kanhere, Y. Zhang, T. C. Sum, S. Li, X. Chen, Z. L. Dong, Z. Chen, “Efficient Ag@AgCl cubic cages photocatalyst profited from ultrafast plasmon induced electron transfer process” Advanced Functional Materials, 2013, 23, p 2932-2940.

Funded Projects:

(a) Advanced Waste Gasification/Pyrolysis for Bio-energy Production (NEA ETRP Project 0901 140, from 2010)

(b) Development of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Ultra High Performance Concrete (Funded by ceEntek Inc, from 2012)

(c) Controlled Synthesis of Catalytic Polyoxometalates for the Removal of Phenol from Waste Water (Tier1, from 2013)