Research in the Zhu Group is focused on the mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms in a variety of material systems. We conduct the modeling and simulations using the atomistic, continuum and multiscale methods. The goal of our modeling research is to help design materials with drastically improved and even unprecedented performance. Recent research themes in the Zhu Group are listed below.

Nanomechanics of Ultra-strength Materials

In Situ Nanomechanics

Chemomechanics of Rechargeable Battery Electrodes

2D Materials

  • P. Zhang, L. Ma, F. Fan, Z. Zeng, C. Peng, P. E. Loya, Z. Liu, Y. Gong, J. Zhang, X. X. Zhang, P. M. Ajayan, T. Zhu and J. Lou. Fracture toughness of graphene. Nature Communications, 5, 3782 (2014)

Shape Memory Alloys

Multiscale Modeling