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Jian Zhi Hu, PhD

Dr. Jian Zhi Hu Headshot

Jian Zhi Hu, Ph.D.
Adjoint Professor, PNNL

Dr. Hu’s web page at PNNL

Office: PNNL
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Education and Credentials

  1. Ph.D., Applied Physics, Wuhan Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  2. M.S., Applied Physics, Wuhan Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  3. B.S., Physics, Lanzhou University, China


Dr. Jian Zhi Hu is a senior scientist (Level-V) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and is a mentor for junior scientist, postdoctor and graduate student research. Dr. Hu joined PNNL in 2000. Prior to then, Dr. Hu was an assistant research professor at University of Utah’s Department of Chemistry from 2000 to 2001; and a research professor and associate at several scientific institutions.

Dr. Hu has nearly 30 year’s research experience in solid state and liquid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI). Dr. Hu has developed, including pioneering, many techniques, including:

  • Slow and ultra slow magic angle spinning, or magic angle turning (MAT) NMR techniques with sample spinning rate ranged from 1 to about 1000 Hz for enhanced spectral resolution in solids, semi-solids and biological materials
  • The combined high temperature (up to 240 C or more) and high pressure (up to 50 atm or more) MAS NMR
  • Constant flow MAS NMR for in situ characterization of heterogeneous catalyst materials and reaction mechanisms
  • in situ NMR capabilities for energy storage systems such as Li-ion, Li-S, Li-metal and non-aqueous flow batteries
  • High-resolution proton NMR metabolic profiling in vitro in human body fluids, ex vivo in excised intact tissues/organs, and in vivo in live animals
  • High-resolution and -sensitivity proton metabolite NMR spectrum on samples with very limited masses and volumes.

Dr. Hu is an author and co-author of about 230 peer-reviewed publications with h-index of 44. He holds 11 issued U.S. patents, 3 foreign patents and two R&D 100 awards that are all related to NMR technology development and applications.