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Research group: NTNU Nanomechanical Lab

Biography: Professor Zhiliang Zhang, founder of NTNU Nanomechanical Lab since 2006, executive committee member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (2010-2022), has been a supervisor and co-supervisor of in total more than 51 PhDs and post docs candidates, and 45 master students since 2005. Before being appointed as a full Professor of 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 for organizing 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 professor 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, surface phobicity, 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 220 scientific papers (140 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, Advaned Science, 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.


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