Sarah (Ying) Zhong

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah (Ying) Zhong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Before joining USF in 2019, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UCSD in 2017. The USF GREEN Lab led by Dr. Zhong is specialized in advanced manufacturing techniques. To address mask shortage problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed a patent-pending technology to efficiently disinfect masks and surfaces (NSF RAPID grant). She also invented an ultra-fast electrostatic printing technique for the manufacturing of binder-free multifunctional flexible devices (NSF CMMI grant). Within the first 2.5 years of joining USF, Dr. Zhong secured 3 NSF awards and 2 USF internal awards with a total funding amount of over one million dollars. In 2022 she received an NSF CAREER Award, one of the most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty. Her NSF CAREER project will manufacture officially aligned nanolayered architectures through electrostatic levitation. She is the guest editor for Frontiers in Chemistry, Advisor for JOM, and Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. Her work has been published in top journals including Environmental Science & Technology (Supplementary cover), Acta Materialia, Small, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (Supplementary cover), and more. 

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