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IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology


Dr. Jing Zhang's Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory

Dr. Jing Zhang's research interests are broadly centered on understanding the processing-structure-property relationships in advanced ceramics and metals for optimal performance in application, and identifying desirable processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, the research group employs a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches, focusing on several areas, including:

1. Processing-Microstructure-Property Relationships: thermal barrier coating, solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen transport membrane, lithium-ion battery

2. Physics-based Multi-scale Models: ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), discrete element models (DEM), finite element models (FEM)

3. Coupled Phenomena: diffusion-thermomechanical properties

4. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (Direct Metal Laser Sintering, DMLS) models

Featured research videos ( Youtube link )

Multi-scale multi-physics modeling of metal 3D printing process:

3D printing of ceramics using in-house designed 3D printer:

Dendritic growth simulation:


1. Dr. Jing Zhang is organizing symposium "Recent Development in Additive Manufacturing: Process and Equipment Development and Applications" , in Materials Science & Technology 2016 (MS&T16) in Salt Lake City, UT (web link). Dr. Zhang will also edit a special issue on Additive Manufacturing in Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (Springer) for the symposium.

2. Dr. Jing Zhang is the guest editor of Special Issue on Advanced Coatings for Energy and Environmental Applications: Design, Processing, Properties, and Performance in Elsevier journal Surface and Coatings Technology (web link). Manuscript submission deadline: July 1, 2016


Jing Zhang
Dr. Jing Zhang
Associate Professor
723 W Michigant Street
SL 260H
Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
E-mail: jz29 *AT* iupui *DOT* edu
Tel: 317-278-7186 (O), 317-274-9741 (Lab)

Group News

(February 2017) Dr. Zhang received the 2017 Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research. The award is for "an individual who has made significant contributions promoting undergraduate research at lUPUl."

(December 2016) Xingye Guo received the prestigious International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA) Scholarship for his thermal barrier coating studies. Congratulations! "Since 1991, the ITSA Scholarship Program has contributed to the growth of the thermal spray community, especially the development of new technologists and engineers." "Up to two one-year scholarships worth $2,000 each may be awarded each year."

(November 2016) Linmin Wu published two papers on stress modeling in lithium ion battery - NMC half cell in Journal of Power Sources, and LiCoO2 half cell in Electrochimica Acta. Congratulations!

(October 2016) Xingye Guo's three papers on thermal barrier coating are published in Surface and Coatings Technology. Congradulations!

(August 2016) Xingye Guo's paper on metal-ceramic interface strength is accepted in Materials & Design. Congradulations!

(August 2016) Yi Zhang's paper on MD modeling of intense pulsed light (IPL) sintering is accepted in Computational Materials Science. Congratulations!

(June 2016) Yi Zhang's paper on MD modeling of DMLS process is accepted in Journal of Materials Research. Congratulations!

(June 2016) Linmin Wu received DOE Fellowship to attend the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering at ANL and ORNL. Congratulations!

(April 13, 2016) U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), Dennis V. McGinn , visited our lab today. Dr. Zhang presented his research in additive manufacturing, novel thermal barrier coating, and lithium ion battery modeling.