Yuntian Zhu

Distinguished 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


The formation mechanism of a novel interfacial phase with high thermal stability in a Mg-Gd-Y-Ag-Zr alloy
Xiao, L. R., Cao, Y., Li, S., Zhou, H., Ma, X. L., Mao, L., … Han, X. D. (2019), ACTA MATERIALIA, 162, 214–225.
A novel approach to align carbon nanotubes via water-assisted shear stretching
Yu, Y., Zhao, C., Li, Q., Li, J., & Zhu, Y. (2018), COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 164, 1–7.
Alleviating surface tensile stress in e-beam treated tool steels by cryogenic treatment
College, D. A., & Zhu, Y. T. (2018), Materials Science & Engineering. A, Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 722, 167–172.
Effect of strain rate on mechanical properties of Cu/Ni multilayered composites processed by electrodeposition
Fu, Z. R., Zhang, Z., Meng, L. F., Shu, B. P., Zhu, Y. T., & Zhu, X. K. (2018), Materials Science & Engineering. A, Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 726, 154–159.
Extraordinary Bauschinger effect in gradient structured copper
Liu, X. L., Yuan, F. P., Zhu, Y. T., & Wu, X. L. (2018), Scripta Materialia, 150, 57–60.
Grain refining and mechanical properties of AZ31 alloy processed by accumulated extrusion bonding
Han, T. Z., Huang, G. S., Deng, Q. Y., Wang, G. G., Jiang, B., Tang, A. T., … Pan, F. S. (2018), Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 745, 599–608.
Influence of microstructure on thermal stability of ultrafine-grained Cu processed by equal channel angular pressing
Liang, N., Zhao, Y., Li, Y., Topping, T., Zhu, Y., Valiev, R. Z., & Lavernia, E. J. (2018), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 53(18), 13173–13185.
Ni nanobuffer layer provides light-weight CNT/Cu fibers with superior robustness, conductivity, and ampacity
Zou, J. Y., Liu, D. D., Zhao, J. N., Hou, L. G., Liu, T., Zhang, X. H., … Li, Q. W. (2018), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(9), 8197–8204.
Origins and dissociation of pyramidal dislocations in magnesium and its alloys
Ding, Z. G., Liu, W., Sun, H., Li, S., Zhang, D. L., Zhao, Y. H., … Zhu, Y. T. (2018), Acta Materialia, 146, 265–272.
Quantifying the synergetic strengthening in gradient material
Wang, Y. F., Huang, C. X., Wang, M. S., Li, Y. S., & Zhu, Y. T. (2018), Scripta Materialia, 150, 22–25.

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