Yuntian Zhu

Distinguished Emeritus Professor

Yuntian Zhu is a distinguished professor of materials science and engineering. His research in recent years has focused on the deformation mechanisms at dislocation level and mechanical behaviors of heterostructured materials, nano/ultrafine-grained materials, and synthesis and processing of carbon nanotube and CNT composites. He is an experimentalist with primary interest in fundamental aspects of materials research and also in designing materials with superior strength and ductility. He recently received the TMS SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, NCSU Alumni Distinguished Research Award, and ASM International Albert Sauveur Award, TMS Leadership Award, and IUMRS Sômiya Award. He has been elected Fellows of TMS, ASM International, APS and AAAS. He is among Highly Cited Researchers 2016 by Thomson Reuters.

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Ph.D 1994

Materials Science and Engineering

University of Texas at Austin

M.S. 1991

Materials Science and Engineering

Oregon Graduate Institution of Science and Technology

M.S. 1988

Materials Science and Engineering

Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

B.S. 1983


Hefei University of Technology, China


Effect of dislocation configuration on Ag segregation in subgrain boundary of a Mg-Ag alloy
Xiao, L., Chen, X., Wei, K., Liu, Y., Yin, D., Hu, Z., … Zhu, Y. (2021), SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 191, 219–224.
Heterostructured materials: superior properties from hetero-zone interaction
Zhu, Y., Ameyama, K., Anderson, P. M., Beyerlein, I. J., Gao, H., Kim, H. S., … Wu, X. (2021), MATERIALS RESEARCH LETTERS, 9(1), 1–31.
Length-dependent carbon nanotube film structures and mechanical properties
Zhang, L., Ma, X., Zhang, Y., Bradford, P. D., & Zhu, Y. T. (2021), NANOTECHNOLOGY, 32(26).
Alloying effects on the plasticity of magnesium: comprehensive analysis of influences of all five slip systems
Ding, Z., Zhao, G., Sun, H., Li, S., Ma, F., Lavernia, E. J., … Liu, W. (2020), JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER, 32(1).
Atomic segregation at twin boundaries in a Mg-Ag alloy
Chen, X. F., Xiao, L. R., Ding, Z. G., Liu, W., Zhu, Y. T., & Wu, X. L. (2020), SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 178, 193–197.
Critical microstructures and defects in heterostructured materials and their effects on mechanical properties
Liu, Y., Cao, Y., Mao, Q., Zhou, H., Zhao, Y., Jiang, W., … Zhu, Y. (2020), ACTA MATERIALIA, 189, 129–144.
Dense dispersed shear bands in gradient-structured Ni
Wang, Y., Huang, C., Li, Y., Guo, F., He, Q., Wang, M., … Zhu, Y. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLASTICITY, 124, 186–198.
Ductility and strain hardening in gradient and lamellar structured materials
Wu, X., Zhu, Y., & Lu, K. (2020), SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 186, 321–325.
Effect of heterostructure and hetero-deformation induced hardening on the strength and ductility of brass
Fang, X. T., He, G. Z., Zheng, C., Ma, X. L., Kaoumi, D., Li, Y. S., & Zhu, Y. T. (2020), ACTA MATERIALIA, 186, 644–655.
Formation of solute nanostructures in an Al-Zn-Mg alloy during long-term natural aging
Liu, J., Hu, R., Zheng, J., Zhang, Y., Ding, Z., Liu, W., … Sha, G. (2020), JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 821.

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