Zou, Yu

Yu Zou | B.Eng (Beihang University (Beijing Univ. of Aero & Astro)), M.Eng. (McGill University), Dr.Sc. (ETH Zurich), Postdoc (MIT)
Assistant Professor

Office: PT 172A
T: +1 (416) 946-7236
E: mse.zou@utoronto.ca

Research Group: Laboratory for Extreme Mechanics & Additive Manufacturing

Short bio: Dr. Yu Zou joined the MSE Department at U of T as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, after working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from ETH Zurich, McGill University, and Beihang University, respectively, all in Materials Science and Engineering. He was also a JSPS visiting scholar at Kyoto University. At U of T, Dr. Zou leads the Laboratory for Extreme Mechanics & Additive Manufacturing (LEMAM) and the research topics of his group include the design of high-entropy alloys and nanocrystalline alloys, nanomechanical testing, and metal additive manufacturing (3D printing).

Honours & Awards

  • The Dean’s Spark Professorship, FASE, University of Toronto, 2018
  • Connaught New Researcher Award (top-up funding), University of Toronto, 2018
  • The James Clerk Maxwell Writers Prize – honorable mention, 2017
  • The Swiss SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship, 2016
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, 2015
  • The Best Poster Prize for the Nanomechanics Symposium, MRS Fall, 2015
  • Bilateral Japanese-Swiss Young Researchers’ Fellowship, 2014
  • The Rio Tinto – Richard Evans Graduate Fellowship at McGill University, 2011
  • Principal’s Graduate Award at McGill University, 2010

Research Interests

Our group uses novel experimental, analytical, and computational tools to explore materials with extreme properties or under extreme conditions, particularly for metallic materials. Our research includes metals, mechanics, manufacturing, and machine learning (4Ms), and covers many length and time scales. Among our research areas of interest are: high-entropy alloys, nanomechanics, and laser metal additive manufacturing. Of particular interest is to advance the fields of vital importance to the society, including aerospace, biomedical, electronic, environment, and energy sectors.

· Metals: high-entropy alloys, nanocrystalline alloys, porous metals, quasicrystals, and metallic composites

· Mechanics: multiscale mechanics, in-situ instrumentation, and high strain-rate/temperature deformation

· Manufacturing: additive manufacturing (3D printing), cold spray technology, powder metallurgy, and micro- and nanofabrication

· Machine Learning: machine learning for materials/structure design and additive manufacturing


Y. Zou “Nanomechanical studies of high-entropy alloys” (review) Journal of Materials Research, (2018) DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2018.155

C. Meier, R. Penny, Y. Zou, J. Gibss, A.J. Hart “Thermophysical Phenomena in Metal Additive Manufacturing by Selective Laser Melting: Fundamentals, Modeling, Simulation and Experimentation” Annual Review of Heat Transfer, (2017), in press. http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.09510

Y. Zou “Materials selection in micro- or nano-mechanical design: Towards new Ashby plots for small-sized materials” Materials Science & Engineering A, (2017) Doi:10.1016/j.msea.2016.10.123

Y. Zou, J. Wheeler, H. Ma, P. Okle, R. Spolenak “Nanocrystalline high entropy alloys: A new paradigm in high temperature strength and stability” Nano Letters, (2017), 17 (3),1569 http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04716

Y. Zou, P. Okle, H. Yu, T. Sumigawa, T. Kitamura, S. Maiti, W. Steurer, R. Spolenak, “Fracture properties of a refractory high-entropy alloy: In situ micro-cantilever and atom probe tomography studies” Scripta Materialia, 128 (2017) 95-99. Doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2016.09.036

Y. Zou, P. Kuczera, W. Steurer, R. Spolenak “Disappearance of plastic anisotropy in decagonal quasicrystals at small scales and room temperature” Extreme Mechanical Letters, 8 (2016), 229-234. Doi:10.1016/j.eml.2016.02.005

Y. Zou, J. Wheeler, A. Sologubenko, P. Kuczera, W. Steurer, J. Michler, R. Spolenak “Bridging room-temperature and high-temperature plasticity in decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystals by micro-thermomechanical testing” Philosophical Magazine (2016), 1-23. Doi:10.1080/14786435.2016.1234722

Y. Zou, P. Kuczera, A. Sologubenko, T. Sumigawa, T. Kitamura, W. Steurer, R. Spolenak “Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes” Nature Communications 7, (2016). Doi:10.1038/ncomms8748. Highlighted in physicsworld, Nanowerk

Y. Zou, H. Ma, R. Spolenak “Ultrastrong, ductile and stable high-entropy alloys at small scales” Nature Communications 6 (2015). Doi:10.1038/ncomms8748. Highlighted in ETH News; Pro-physik.de; Futurity; Labo; Analytik-news; ScientificAmerican (Asian)

Y. Zou, R. Spolenak, “Size-dependent plasticity in KCl and LiF single crystals: influence of orientation, temperature, pre-straining and doping”. Philosophical Magazine 95 (2015), 1795-1813. Doi: 10.1080/14786435.2015.1008068

H. Ma, Y. Zou, A. Sologubenko, R. Spolenak “Copper thin films by ion beam assisted deposition: strong texture, superior thermal stability and enhanced hardness” Acta Materialia 98 (2015) 17-28. Doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2015.07.013

Y. Zou, S. Maiti, W. Steurer, R. Spolenak, “Size-dependent plasticity in an Nb25Mo25Ta25W25 refractory high-entropy alloy” Acta Materialia 65 (2014) 85-97. Doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2013.11.049

Y. Zou, R. Spolenak, “Size-dependent plasticity in micron- and submicron-sized ionic crystals”. Philosophical Magazine Letters, 93 (2013) 431-438. Doi:10.1080/09500839.2013.797616

Y. Zou, D. Goldbaum, J. A. Szpunar, S. Yue “Microstructure and nanohardness of cold-sprayed coatings: Electron backscattered diffraction and nanoindentation studies” Scripta Materialia, 62 (2010) 395–398. Doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2009.11.034

Y. Zou, W. Qin, E. Irissou, J. Legoux, S. Yue, J. A. Szpunar “Dynamic recrystallization in the particle/particle interfacial region of cold-sprayed nickel coating: Electron backscatter diffraction characterization ” Scripta Materialia 61 (2009) 899-902. Doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2009.07.020

Professional Memberships

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • · The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • · The Metallurgical Society (MetSoc)