Zhongbo Hu got his B.S. from National University of Defence Technology in 1983, his M.S. from the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986 and his Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Missouri University Research Reactor (MURR) from 1994 to 1996, as a postdoctoral research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) from 1996-1998, as an engineer (1998-1999) and a senior engineer (1999-2001) at ComEd in Chicago. He joined the faculty of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002 and is currently a Professor in Materials Science. He has extensive experience in structural characterizations of functional materials. He has authored about 150 peer-reviewed papers.