Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

Research group: NTNU Nanomechanical Lab

Research areas: Fracture mechanics, nanomechanics, multiscale simulations, anti-icing, icephobicicity, hydrogen embrittlement

Education: BSc (1985) and MSc (1988) - Tongji University, Shanghai; PhD (1994)- LUT, Finland

Biography: Prof Zhiliang Zhang, founder of NTNU Nanomechanical Lab since 2006, executive committee member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (2010-2022), has been supervisor and co-supervisor of in total more than 44 PhDs and post docs candidates, and 40 master students since 2005. 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 (the largest independent research institute in Scandinavia), Trondheim, for years, and played a central role in building up the competence of the Fracture Mechanics group to an international level. Prof. Zhang was elected as the chairman of the 20th European Conference on Fracture (ECF20) 2014 by the Council of ESIS. Prof. Zhang has been an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) since 2009. Prof. Zhang started his research in nanomechanics and nanotechnology when he was a visiting scientist at Harvard University, USA in 2000-2001. He was visiting profesor at University of Science and Technology Beijing, China, in 2010, a JSPS fellow at Kyoto University, Japan, in 2011, and a visiting scholar at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, in 2017-2018. Currently he focuses on interface mechanics, material design and nanomechanics by using combined experimental and multi-scale computational simulation approaches.  During the last 15 years Prof. Zhang has been the project leader at NTNU for 14 externally funded projects with a total budget over 12 million Euro. He has published about 210 scientific papers (130 journal papers and 80 conference papers) with the latest ones as the corresponding author published in top journals such as Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials Horizons, Nano Letters, Nanoscale, SMALL, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS), Polymer and Acta Materialia.

Some ongoing Research Projects

Title: Multiscale Hydrogen Embrittlement Assessment for Subsea Conditions (M-HEAT)
Duration: 2019-2022
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the PRTROMAKS II program & Industrial pertners

Title: Safe Pipelines for Hydrogen Transport - HyLINE 
Duration: 2019-2022
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the ENERGIX program & Industrial pertners

Title: Durable Arctic Icephobic materials
Duration: 2016-2020
Funding: Norwegian Research Council the PRTROMAKS II program

Duration: 2014-2018
Funding: 17 mkr from the Norwegian Research Council
Duration: 2016-2020
Funding: 9 mkr from the Norwegian Research Council FRINATEK program
Title: Nanotechnology for anti-icing application 
Duration: 2013-2016
Funding: Statoil AS
Title: Integrity of Nickel Alloys in Subsea Applications (INASA)
Duration: 2014-2017
Funding: Aker solution and NTNU
Duration: 2014-2018
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Wintershall Holding GmbH
Title: Nano-enabled sustainable cement sheath behind casings (led by Prof. Pål Skalle)
Duration: 2013-2017
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council
Title: Arctic Materials – Effect of residual stresses
Duration: 2013-2017
Funding: from the Norwegian Research Council and the industry


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