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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.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. NSF student scholarship is available .


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

(July 2018) Dr. Zhang received an NSF grant to support students attending MS&T18 AM symposium Scholarship application

(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.