Background and activities
Two research areas: Fracture Mechanics and Nanomechanics
Zhiliang Zhang graduated with a BSc and MSc degree, both in structural engineering, from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland in 1994, working on modeling of ductile fracture. Before being appointed as a full Professor in Mechanics and Materials at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2003, Zhang had worked at SINTEF Materials Technology, Trondheim, for 9 years, and played a central role in building up the competence of the Fracture Mechanics group to an international level. He was a visiting young scientist (1998) at GKSS Research Centre, Germany and a visiting scientist (2000-2001) at Harvard University, USA. He was a visiting professor at Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) (2005) and Changjinag visiting professor at Beijing University of Science and Technology (2008-2011). Since 2009 Professor Zhang has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). He was a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2011. He is currently a member of the executive committee of European Structural Integrity Society (2010-2016) and the International Congress on Fracture (2013-2017).
Professor Zhang was the founder of NTNU Nanomechanical Lab, which was officially opened on the 29th of August 2006 by the former NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digerns. He was the chairman of the 20th European Conference on Fracture (ECF20) which was successfully held at Trondheim from 30 June to 4 July 2014 with about 600 participants from all over the world.
Since 2004 Professor Zhang has educated 12 PhD students, 5 post-doctoral candidates, and 34 master students. He is currently supervising/co-supervising 19 PhD students, working on diverse aspects of engineering materials and nanotechnology by using combined experimental and multi-scale computational simulation approach.
Professor Zhang holds close contacts with the industry. During the last 13 years he has been the project leader at NTNU for 12 projects funded externally with a total budget more than 70 million NOK. His work on the complete Gurson model, crack tip constraints J-Q-M formulations and many new mechanical testing methods have been widely referred in the literature, and his UMAT code of the complete Gurson model to ABAQUS has been distributed in many countries.
He has authored and co-authored about 200 scientific papers (120 journal papers and 80 conference papers) with the latest ones published in top international journals such as Nature Communications, Nano Letters, SMALL, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS), Polymer and Acta Materialia.
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Ongoing Research Projects
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) Size-dependent Phase Transformation and Fracture of ZnO Nanowires. Procedia IUTAM. vol. 21.
- (2017) Room temperature characteristics of polymer-based low ice adhesion surfaces. Scientific Reports. vol. 7.
- (2017) Cement sheath modification using nanomaterials for long-term zonal isolation of oil wells: Review. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. vol. 156.
- (2017) Displacement mechanism of oil in shale inorganic nanopores by supercritical carbon dioxide from molecular dynamics simulations. Energy & Fuels. vol. 31 (1).
- (2017) Fracture toughness of hydrogen charged as-quenched ultra-high-strength steels at low temperatures. Materials Science & Engineering: A. vol. 688.
- (2017) Investigation of thermal transport in polymer composites with percolating networks of silver thin films by the flash diffusivity method. Journal of Applied Physics. vol. 121 (2).
- (2017) Room-Temperature Curing and Grain Growth at High Humidity in Conductive Adhesives with Ultra-Low Silver Content. Journal of Electronic Materials. vol. 46 (7).
- (2017) A special notched tensile specimen to determine the flow stress-strain curve of hardening materials without applying the Bridgman correction. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. vol. 179.
- (2017) Angle-Dependent Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Solution-Processed Organic Semiconducting Nanobelts. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. vol. 121 (22).
- (2017) Effect of Nanoparticles on Spontaneous Imbibition of Water into Ultraconfined Reservoir Capillary by Molecular Dynamics Simulation. Energies. vol. 10 (4).
- (2017) Grain-size Induced Strengthening and Weakening of Dislocation-free Polycrystalline Gas Hydrates. Procedia IUTAM. vol. 21.
- (2017) Modeling nanoscale ice adhesion. Acta mechanica solida Sinica.
- (2017) On determining the Poisson's ratio of viscoelastic polymer microparticles using a flat punch test. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. vol. 128-129.
- (2016) Electromechanical characterization of individual micron-sized metal coated polymer particles. Journal of Applied Physics. vol. 119 (24).
- (2016) CuO/Cu based superhydrophobic and self-cleaning surfaces. Scripta Materialia. vol. 118.
- (2016) Molecular Dynamics Study of di-CF4 Based Reverse Micelle in Supercritical CO2. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. vol. 42 (18).
- (2016) Contact Resistance and Metallurgical Connections Between Silver Coated Polymer Particles in Isotropic Conductive Adhesives. Journal of Electronic Materials. vol. 45 (7).
- (2016) Controlling the Conduction Mechanisms in Isotropic Conductive Adhesives with Silver-Coated Polymer Spheres. Electronic Components and Technology. vol. 2016-August.
- (2016) Electrical four-point probing of spherical metallic thin films coated onto micron sized polymer particles. Applied Physics Letters. vol. 109 (4).
- (2016) Multiaxial stress–strain response and displacive transformations in NiTi alloy from first principles. Acta Materialia. vol. 109.