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PhD Materials Science Pennsylvania State University 2005
MS Materials Science and Engineering Sichuan University 2000

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Dr. Yu Zhong is currently a Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State (2005). After a short-term working as Research Associate, he joined Saint-Gobain High Performance Research Center in Northborough, MA. He had spent his 8-year career there working as an internal technical consultant focusing on the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various materials R&D projects. In 2013, He moved to Florida International University (FIU) as Assistant Professor. He received the James Nichols Heald Research Award in 2021, TMS FMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award in 2016, and ONR summer faculty fellowship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Dr. Zhong has more than 70 peer-reviewed journal papers published/accepted, 2 book chapters, and 2 patents. His research has been supported by Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), and Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Advance Casting Research Center (ACRC).

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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Scholarly Work

For a current list of publications, see:

64. Yangyang Fan, Mohammad Asadikiya, Vadym Drozd, Yu Zhong, and Diran Apelian, “Development of an Optimized Two-Step Heat Treatment Schedule of a Novel Castable Al-Mg-Zn alloy”, Metall. Trans. A, Submitted, 2019 63. Fangzhou Xing, Yu Zhong, Lijun Zhang, “Integration of DFT, CALPHAD and numerical simulations for quantitative descriptions of phase transition in lithium battery cathodes and its effects on the capacity fade – A case study in Li-Mn-O system”, Journal of Materials Science & Technology, submitted, 2021 62. Fangzhou Xing, Yu Zhong, Lijun Zhang, “Ionic diffusion-induced phase transition from the spinel LixMn2O4 to t-LiMnO2 and its effect on the evolution of capacity fade: A quantitative numerical study”, Chemistry of Materials, submitted, 2021 61. Fangzhou Xing, Yu Zhong, Lijun Zhang, “Integration of DFT, CALPHAD and numerical simulations for quantitative descriptions of ionic diffusion-induced phase transition from spinel LixMn2O4 to t-LiMnO2 and its effect on the evolution of capacity fade”, Acta Materialia, submitted, 2021 60. Hooman Sabarou, Zigui Lu, Yu Zhong, “A Computational-Assisted Approach to Developing Dual-Phase Composite Materials for Oxygen Transport Membranes (OTMs)”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, submitted, 2020 59. Vadym Drozd, Mohammad Asadikiya, Songge Yang, Yu Zhong, “Energy and Mechanical Properties Predictions in Fe-Ni Binary System by ab initio Calculations”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Accepted, 2020 58.Mohammad Asadikiya, Yifan Zhang, Libo Wang, Diran Apelian, Yu Zhong, “Design of Ternary High-Entropy Aluminum Alloys (HEAls)”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, accepted, 2021 57. Songge Yang, Yi Wang, Zi-Kui Liu, Yu Zhong, “Ab initio Simulations on the Pure Cr Lattice stability at 0K: Verification with the Fe-Cr and Ni-Cr Binary Systems”, CALPHAD, Accepted, 2021 56. Songge Yang, Yu Zhong, “Ab Initio Modeling of fcc Fe-Co-Cr-Ni High Entropy Alloys with Full Composition Range”, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion, 42, 2021, pp. 419–427. 55. Yu Zhong, Shadi Darvish, Benjamin Levitas, Tauny Tambolleo, Srikanth Gopalan, Mei Yang, “An Insight from the CALPHAD approach: How to Control the LaMnO3 Perovskite Formation Via the Molten Salt Synthesis”, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion, Accepted, 2021 54. Mohammad Asadikiya, Songge Yang, Yifan Zhang, Connor Lemay, Diran Apelian, and Yu Zhong, “Design of Aluminum Alloys: A Pathway for Novel Al Alloys“, Journal of Materials Science, 56, 12093–12110(2021) 53. Mei Yang, Bryer C. Sousa, Richard Smith, Hooman Sabarou, Danielle Cote, Yu Zhong, Richard D. Sisson, “Bainitic Transformations and Mechanical Properties of Austempered AISI 5160 Steel”, Materials Performance and Characterization, 10, no. 1 (2021): 110-125. 52. Ali Jammal, Gang Wang, Hanbo Yang, Songge Yang, Yu Zhong, Yiming Rong, “Thermodynamic calculation and characterization of carbide precipitation in laser-deposited material for high speed steel alloy”, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 2020 51. Aditya Moudgal, Sarat Buasai, Yi Jie Wu, Alexander McMahon, Mohammad Asadikiya, Adam Powell, Uday Pal, Yu Zhong, “Finite Element Analysis and Techno-Economic Modeling of Solar SiliconMolten Salt Electrolysis”, JOM, 73, 233–243(2021) 2021

Professional Highlights & Honors
ONR Summer Faculty Fellow Award, 2017
TMS FMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award, 2016
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Award, 2014
Nomination Award, The Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics, 2007


Worcester Magazine
WPI professor part of nationwide push for clean energy

Worcester Magazine spoke with Professor Yu Zhong about his research to produce clean, cost-effective hydrogen fuel. Zhong talks about the two-year project and how it could help address climate change.