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.


Achieving high hetero-deformation induced (HDI) strengthening and hardening in brass by dual heterostructures
Fang, X. T., Li, Z. K., Wang, Y. F., Ruiz, M., Ma, X. L., Wang, H. Y., … Zhu, Y. T. (2022, January 30),
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.

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  • Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Copper Matrix Composites
  • Processing Heterogeneous Lamella fcc Alloys for Unprecedented High Strength and Ductility
  • Enhancing Corrosion Resistance, Wear Resistance and Fatigue Property of Steels by Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment
  • Aligned Carbon Nanotube Tape for Sensor Technology
  • Nanostructured FE-Cr Alloys for Advanced Nuclear Energy Appplication
  • Bonding Unidirectional Carbon Nanotube with Carbon for High Performance, Low Density Composites
  • Carbon Nanotube Composites
  • Carbon Nanotube Composites
  • Assessment of Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment (SMAT) Technology
  • Probing the Mechanisms of Deformation Twinning in Nanocrystalline fcc Metals
Yuntian Zhu