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Hao Zhang, PhD



Chemical and Materials Engineering

About Me

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.


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