Deyang Qu, Ph.D.

Professor/Department Chair/Johnson Controls Endowed Chair
Mechanical Engineering

To learn more about Dr. Qu, visit his website.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1993
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Wuhan University, China, 1986

Research Overview:
The rapid proliferation and commercial success of micro-hybrid and hybrid vehicles has not only led to an increase in the demand for advanced secondary batteries, but also renewed interests in the development of both the traditional lead acid batteries to suit for the micro-hybrid applications and the high capacity traction batteries for true electric vehicles, which are believed to be the next generation of transportation for urban commuters. Longer and stronger energy storage systems are not only critical to national energy independence from foreign oil, but also important to the nation’s strong military and space program.

Professor Qu's researchers are focused on the research and development of renewable energy. The research areas covered are: Metal air, Supercapacitors, Fuel Cells, Lead Acid, Hydrogen Storage Materials and Alkaline Batteries
As the first Johnson Controls Endowed Chair, Professor Qu also leads the collaborations between University of Wisconsin and Johnson Controls partnering for the aligned and targeted research to improve and develop the next generation of car batteries; AND to develop curriculum and educate our engineering students for the talent pipeline development in order to support future skill set needs.

The research is funded by the Office of Vehicle Technology, Department of Energy; Office of Naval Research; NASA (ElectroChem Inc.); the Army (Aspen Product Group); and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Maxwell) and Johnson Controls Inc.

Selected Publications

  • J.F. Wen, Z.Z Xie, X.R. Zhang, D. Zheng, C. Zeng, D.Y. Qu, R. Li, H.L. Tang, L. Xiao, Deyu Qu, “Highly dispersed MnO2 in porous carbon coupled with nitrogen-doped highly ordered mesoporous carbon with enhanced H-insertion: A new approach to hybrid supercapacitor” ACS Appl. Mater. & Interface 6(2014)22687-22694.
  • Q. Wang, X.Q. Yang, D.Y. Qu, “In-situ ESR Spectro-electrochemical investigation of the Superoxide Anion Radical During the Electrochemical O2 Reduction Reaction in Aprotic Electrolyte”, Carbon, 61(2013)336-341.
  • G. Gourdin, J. Collins, D. Zheng, M. Foster, D. Qu, “Spectroscopic Compositional Analysis of Electrolyte during Initial SEI Layer Formation” J. Phy. Chem. C 118(2014)17383-17394.
  • D. Zheng, H-S Lee, X.Q. Yang, D.Y. Qu, “Electrochemical Oxidation of Solid Li2O2 in Non-aqueous Electrolyte Using Peroxide Complexing Additives for Lithium-Air Batteries”, Electrochem. Commun. 28(2013)17-19.
  • Y. Wang, Dong Zheng. Xiao-Qing Yang, Deyang Qu “High Rate Oxygen Reduction in Non-aqueous Electrolyte with the Addition of Perfluorinated Additives”, Energy & Environmental Science 4(2011)3697-3702
  • C. Tran, X.Q. Yang, D.Y. Qu, “Investigation of the Gas-Diffusion-Electrode used as Lithium/Air Cathode in Non-aqueous Electrolyte and the Importance of Carbon Material porosity”, J. Power Sources 195(2010)2057-2063
  • C. Felice, S. Ye, D.Y. Qu, “Nafion-Montmorillonite Nanocomposite Membrane for the Effective Reduction of Fuel Crossover”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 49(2010)1514-1519
  • D.Y. Qu, “Investigation of hydrogen physisorption active sites on the surface of porous carbonaceous materials”, Chem-EUR. J. 14(2008)1040-1046
  • D.Y.Qu and H Shi, “Studies of Activated Carbon Used in Double-Layer Capacitors”, J. Power Sources, 74(1998)99-107