Dr. Weitian Zhao’s areas of technical expertise center on inorganic materials synthesis processes and surface analysis using analytical and microscopic techniques. He has research experience in the area of biomedical materials and energy materials and has worked on a variety of topics including biocompatibility of metal implants, surface chemistry studies, microfluidic devices and nanoparticle synthesis.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Zhao was a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. His research topic focused on materials for biomedical applications. One of the key progress in his Ph.D. thesis is the development of a novel protocol for surface biocompatibility evaluation. In this project he managed a collaborative effort with several research groups in Switzerland. Within the framework of his doctoral thesis, he has also performed fundamental studies of crystal formation mechanism at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA.
Dr. Zhao holds also a master degree from Cornell University and a bachelor degree from Tsinghua University. His academic training was on the chemistry of materials involving inorganic materials for fuel cell catalysis where he performed synthesis work and electrochemical characterization of materials including intermetallic compounds, transition metal oxides and nitrides.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lasusanne, 2018
- M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 2014
- B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2012
- Mandarin Chinese
Zhao W, Lemaître J, Bowen P. A comparative study of simulated body fluids in the presence of proteins, Acta Biomaterialia 2017; 53:506–514.
Zhao W, DiSalvo FJ. Direct access to macroporous chromium nitride and chromium titanium nitride with inverse opal structure, Chemical Communications 2015; 51:4876–4879.
Zhao W, Michalik D, Ferguson S, Hofstetter W, Lemaître J, von Rechenberg B, Bowen P, Oral Presentation, Rapid evaluation of bioactive Ti-based surfaces using a titration method. 29th European Conference on Biomaterials, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2018. Awarded: Best Presentation Award.
Zhao W, Michalik D, Ferguson S, Hofstetter W, Nuss K, Lemaître J, von Rechenberg B, Bowen P. Oral Presentation, Novel in vitro method for the evaluation of bioactive materials. E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Strasbourg, France, 2018.
Zhao W, Lemaître J, Bowen P. Oral presentation, In vitro evaluation of bioactive implant materials. MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ, 2017.