Hao Zhang, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
Associate Chair, Graduate Program, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
Email
hao.zhang@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8340
Address
12-230 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
EdmontonAB
T6G 2H5

Associate Chair, Graduate Program, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
Email
hao.zhang@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Engineering Department Executive Mathematical and Molecular Modeling Corrosion and Wear Materials Characterization and Processing Surface Science and Engineering Thermodynamics Metallurgy


About

Before joining the University of Alberta in September 2007, Dr. Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He received B.E. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University and PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.



Research

Our general area of research is computational and theoretical materials science with focus on understanding the static and dynamic properties of defects and relating the defects properties to thermodynamic, kinetic, chemical, and mechanical properties of materials. In particular, we have been focusing on identifying the string-like cooperative motion in different strongly interacting particle systems, revealing the fundamental atomistic mechanisms for elastic and plastic deformation in metallic glasses, developing crack growth rate model in pipeline steel due to the effect of hydrogen embrittlement, investigating mechanical response in nanostructured materials, and designing high capacity hydrotalcite for CO2 capture. 

Keywords: Modelling, Molecular dynamics, Grain boundaries, Nanoparticles, Metallic glasses