Background and activities
Research group: NTNU Nanomechanical Lab
Research areas: Nanomechanics, material mechanics, multiscale simulations, anti-icing, Icephobicicity, Hydrophobicity, Hydrogen EmbrittlementBiography
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. 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 (former Beijing Institute of Steel and Iron) (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 was a member of the executive committee of European Structural Integrity Society (2010-2022). He has just finished his sabbatical at California Institute of Technology (2017-2018).
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 15 PhD students, 7 post-doctoral candidates, co-supervised 5 PhD students, and about 40 master students. He is currently supervising/co-supervising 14 PhD students, working on diverse aspects of engineering materials and nanotechnology by using combined experimental and multi-scale computational simulation approaches.
Professor Zhang holds close contacts with the industry. During the last 13 years he has been the project leader at NTNU for 13 projects funded externally with a total budget more than 94 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 all over the world. His recent research highlights include the design and fabrication of anti-icing surfaces with ice adhesion strength down to 1 kPa, which is probably the lowest in the world for surfaces without using oils abd additives.
He has authored and co-authored about 210 scientific papers (130 journal papers and 80 conference papers) with the latest ones published in top international journals such as Nature Communications, Materials Horizons, 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.
Data-driven computational mechanics
Machine learning based additive manufacturing (3D printing)
Machine learning based material design
Anti-icing technology and ice adhesion mitigation
Metal coated polymer particles for novel applications
Super-Low Ice Adhesion Surfaces
Other timely and updated topics can be found here.
Title: Multiscale Hydrogen Embrittlement Assessment for Subsea Conditions (M-HEAT)
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the PRTROMAKS II program & Industrial pertners
Title: Durable Arctic Icephobic materials
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the PRTROMAKS II program
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
- (2020) Contact area measurement of micron-sized metal-coated polymer particles under compression. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. vol. 165.
- (2020) Avoiding snow and ice accretion on building integrated photovoltaics - challenges, strategies, and opportunities. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. vol. 206.
- (2020) Effect of thermal residual stresses on ductile-to-brittle transition of a bi-material specimen by using the CAFE method. European Journal of Mechanics. A, Solids.
- (2020) Four-point transient potential drop measurements on metal plates. Measurement science and technology. vol. 31.
- (2020) The Need for Standards in Low Ice Adhesion Surface Research: A Critical Review. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. vol. 34 (3).
- (2020) Nanoscale Correlations of Ice Adhesion Strength and Water Contact Angle. Coatings.
- (2020) Enhancement of Thermal Boundary Conductance of Metal–Polymer System. Nanomaterials. vol. 10 (4).
- (2020) Enabling phase transition of infused lubricant in porous structure for exceptional oil/water separation. Journal of Hazardous Materials. vol. 390.
- (2020) Supergiant elasticity and fracture of 3D spirally wound MoS2. International Journal of Fracture.
- (2020) CO2 Wetting on Pillar-Nanostructured Substrates. Nanotechnology.
- (2020) Effect of grain boundary on the crack-tip plasticity under hydrogen environment: an atomistic study. Journal of Applied Physics. vol. 127.
- (2020) Ultrafast self-healing and highly transparent coating with mechanically durable icephobicity. Applied Materials Today. vol. 19.
- (2019) Cohesive zone modelling of anodic dissolution stress corrosion cracking induced by corrosion product films. Philosophical Magazine. vol. 99 (9).
- (2019) Numerical study of hydrogen influence on void growth at low triaxialities considering transient effects. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. vol. 164.
- (2019) Substrate slip steps promote cracking and buckling of thin brittle film. Scripta Materialia. vol. 163.
- (2019) Understanding the role of hollow sub-surface structures in reducing ice adhesion strength. Soft Matter. vol. 15 (13).
- (2019) Magnetically Enhanced Mechanical Stability and Super-Size Effects in Self-Assembled Superstructures of Nanocubes. Advanced Functional Materials. vol. 29 (46).
- (2019) Durable low ice adhesion foams modulated by submicron pores. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. vol. 58 (38).
- (2019) Epidermal Gland Inspired Self-Repairing Slippery Lubricant-Infused Porous Coatings with Durable Low Ice Adhesion. Coatings. vol. 9 (10).
- (2019) CAFE based Multi-scale Modelling of Ductile-to-Brittle Transition of Steel with a Temperature Dependent Effective Surface Energy. Materials Science & Engineering: A. vol. 755.