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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-Performance 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. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (laser metal powder bed fusion, ceramic slurry extrusion) design and modeling

As an educator, Dr. Jing Zhang is also passionate about mentoring IUPUI students in a variety of SAE vehile student competitions

Media coverage of 3D Printing Processes for Sand Casting ( Additive Manufacturing magzine )

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 a symposium "Additive Manufacturing - Modeling and Simulation of AM Materials, Processes, and Mechanics" , in Materials Science & Technology 2018 (MS&T18) in Columbus, OH. A special issue in an additive manufacturing journal will be arranged. .

2. Dr. Jing Zhang organized a symposium "Modeling and Simulation in Additive Manufacturing: Materials Design, Property Prediction, and Process Control" , in Materials Science & Technology 2017 (MS&T17) in Pittsburg, PA (web link). Dr. Zhang will also edit a special issue entitled "Recent Advances in Additive Manufacturing" in Progress in Additive Manufacturing (Springer) for the symposium.


Jing Zhang
Dr. Jing Zhang
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
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

(June 2018) Dr. Zhang received Purdue Reseach Foundation summer faculty research award.

(June 2018) Yi Zhang received Purdue Reseach Foundation doctoral thesis award.

(March 2018) Xuehui received University Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. studies.

(March 2018) IUPUI team (faculty mentor: Dr. Jing Zhang) took the 9th place among 16 international teams in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2018! Congrats to the team and Michael! The team also received the Endurance Run Award.

(March 2018) Our group received Praxair AMbition Grant . In collaboration with Army Research Laboratory, we will develop metal 3D printing technique of Inconel 718.

(December 2017) Dr. Zhang published a new book "Additive Manufacturing: Materials, Processes, Quantifications and Applications" by Elsevier.

(December 2017) Anudeep, Nishant, Xuehui, and Lingbin received the NSF Student Grant to attend and present at POWDERMET2018 and AMPM2018 conferences in San Antonio, TX. Congratulations!

(December 2017) Dr. Brandon McWilliams, the Team Lead of additive manufacturing from Army Research Laboratory (ARL), visited our group.

(December 2017) Our project entitled "3D Printed Gas Turbine Prototype Manufactured via Direct Metal Laser Sintering Process" has been selected to receive the ASTM Project Grant Award. Congratulations!

(December 2017) Yi Zhang and Xuehui Yang each received $1,800 travel grant from Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) to attend MIM2018 (International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides) in Irvine, CA, on March 5, 2018. Congratulations!

(November 2017) Dr. Zhang was awarded a RTR grant on studying sintering mechanisms in additively manufactured powders.

(August 2017) Dr. Zhang was awarded a research grant on developing ceramic 3D printing technique for metal casting mold.

(August 2017) Dr. Zhang received the Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award. Congratulations!

(June 2017) Linmin received the Purdue Research Foundation PRF doctoral research award. Congratulations!

(May 2017) Dr. Zhang published a new book "Advanced Ceramic and Metallic Coating and Thin Film Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications" by Springer.

(April 2017) Nishant received the Poster Award in 2017 IUPUI Student Research Day for his research "Additive Manufacturing of Ceramic Molds for Sand Casting". Congratulations!