Background and activities
Research group: NTNU Nanomechanical Lab
Research areas: Nanomechanics, material mechanics, multiscale simulations, anti-icing, Icephobicicity, Hydrophobicity, Hydrogen Embrittlement
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 (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 (2010-2018) and the International Congress on Fracture (2013-2017). He is currently spending 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 13 PhD students, 7 post-doctoral candidates, and about 40 master students. He is currently supervising/co-supervising 17 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 77 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.
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.
Project and master student topics:
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.
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
- (2019) Phase transition enabled durable anti-icing surfaces and its DIY design. Chemical Engineering Journal. vol. 360.
- (2018) Resistance Analysis of Spherical Metal Thin Films Combining Van Der Pauw and Electromechanical Nanoindentation Methods. Journal of Electronic Materials. vol. 47 (11).
- (2018) Deformation and fracture of micron-sized metal-coated polymer spheres: an in situ study. Advanced Engineering Materials. vol. 20 (7).
- (2018) Microgel Evolution at Three-Phase Contact Region and Associated Wettability Alteration. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. vol. 558.
- (2018) Design and Preparation of Sandwich-Like Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Sponges with Super-Low Ice Adhesion. Soft Matter. vol. 14 (23).
- (2018) Focused ion beam milling of self-assembled magnetic superstructures: an approach to fabricate nanoporous materials with tunable porosity. Materials Horizons. vol. 5 (6).
- (2018) Constraint effect on the brittle-to-ductile transition of single-crystal iron induced by dislocation mobility. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. vol. 149.
- (2018) Competitive adsorption and diffusion of CH4/CO2 binary mixture within shale organic nanochannels. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. vol. 53.
- (2018) Effect of microstructure on the impact toughness transition temperature of direct-quenched steels. Materials Science & Engineering: A. vol. 712.
- (2018) Effects of local grain size and inclusions on the low-temperature toughness of low-carbon as-quenched martensite. Materials Science & Engineering: A.
- (2018) A review on wetting and water condensation - perspectives for CO2 condensation. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. vol. 256.
- (2018) A method for determining material's equivalent stress-strain curve with any axisymmetric notched tensile specimens without Bridgman correction. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. vol. 135.
- (2018) Numerical study on the effect of the Lüders plateau on the ductile crack growth resistance of SENT specimens. International Journal of Fracture. vol. 214.
- (2018) Study of low-temperature effect on the fracture locus of a 420-MPa structural steel with the edge tracing method. Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures. vol. 41 (8).
- (2018) Displacement of Nanofluids in Silica Nanopores: Influenced by Wettability of Nanoparticles and Oil Components. Environmental Science: Nano. vol. 5.
- (2018) Atomistic insights into the nanofluid transport through an ultra-confined capillary. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. vol. 20 (7).
- (2018) Grain-size Controlled Mechanical Properties of Polycrystalline Monolayer MoS2. Nano letters (Print). vol. 18.
- (2018) Nature-inspired Entwined Coiled Carbon Mechanical Metamaterials: Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Nanoscale. vol. 10.
- (2018) Atomistic dewetting mechanics of Wenzel and monostable Cassie–Baxter states. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. vol. 20 (38).
- (2018) Hydrogen-microvoid interactions at continuum scale. International journal of hydrogen energy. vol. 43 (21).