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

Ultra-strength Materials

In Situ Nanomechanics

Rechargeable Batteries

3D-printed Materials

2D Materials

  • Y. Yang, X. Li, M. Wen, E. Hacopian, W. Chen, Y. Gong, J. Zhang, B. Li, W. Zhou, P. M. Ajayan, Q. Chen, T. Zhu and J. Lou. Brittle fracture of 2D MoSe2. Advanced Materials, 29, 1604201 (2017)
  • 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