Yu Zhong

Yu (Michael) Zhong, PhD
Assistant Professor
(305) 348-7258

Dr. Yu (Michael) Zhong Joined the MME department as an Assistant Professor in August, 2013. After obtaining his M.S. degree from Sichuan University, China in 2000, he went to the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2005. After a couple of months worked as Research Associate, Dr. Zhong joined Saint-Gobain (a fortune 200 company) and had worked as a senior internal technical consultant at NWRDC at Northborough, MA for eight years. He was in charge of all the researches in North America related to the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various ceramics projects. His current research focuses on the Integrated Materials and Process Design, which is to combine the efforts of theoretical understanding and experimental verification to accelerate the development of new materials. Dr. Zhong has authored more than 18 peer reviewed journal papers. During the career in Saint-Gobain, he has authored more than 30 internal technical reports, 16 invention disclosures, and 2 patents. He has been the reviewer for more than 10 international journals. He is the recipient of the Nomination Award of the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics and also serves as the committee member for ASM Alloy Phase diagram.

Honors & Awards

  • Nomination Award of the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics


My research will focus on the Integrated Materials and Processes Design, a combination of engineering design and materials science. It is the integration of the following three parts: the fundamental first-principles calculations, thermodynamics and kinetics, and the theory-guided experiments. First-principles quantum mechanics technique based on density functional theory has progressed significantly and demonstrated in many cases the accuracy of predicted thermodynamic properties comparable with experimental uncertainties. Computational thermodynamics and kinetics has emerged and established itself as the most efficient way of performing realistic calculations of thermodynamic properties of multi-component systems and the detail material evolutions under various conditions. The computational thermodynamics and kinetics bridges the fundamental physics of materials and microstructural evolution. Experiment is key to the success of materials and process design. Experiments are needed to verify the accuracy of the modeling predictions. They are required to fill the gaps where theories were not sufficiently predictive and quantitative. They will also provide critical supplemental data for the improvement of modeling. The integration of these three parts can greatly accelerate the development of new materials. My current research interests include:

  • Oxygen Transport Membrane
  • Lithium Ion Battery: Electrode and Electrolyte design
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
  • High performance refractory Materials, such as Al2O3, SiC, Si3N4, B4C, ZrB2, etc.
  • Corrosion simulation
  • Light Alloys including: Magnesium alloys and Aluminum alloys
  • Construction materials, like Cement, Gypsum, etc

Selected Publications:

  1. Y. Zhong, A. Saengdeejing, L. Kecskes, B. Klotz, and Z. K. Liu, “Thermodynamic modeling of Cu-Hf binary system”, Acta Materialia, Vol. 61, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 660-669., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2012.10.014
  2. Y. Zhong, D. D. MacDonald, “Thermodynamics of the Zr-H Binary System Related to Nuclear Fuel Sheathing and Pressure Tube Hydriding”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 423, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 87-92., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2012.01.016
  3. C. Levy, Y. Zhong, C. Morel, S. Marlin, ” Thermodynamic Stabilities of La2Zr2O7 and SrZrO3 in SOFC and Their Relationship with LSM Synthesis Processes”, Journal of the electrochemistry society, vol.157, Issue 11, 2010, pp. B1597-B1601.
  4. M. Yang, Y. Wang, Y. Zhong, and Z. K. Liu, “Defect Chemistry and Thermodynamic Modeling of LaCoO3-δ”, Solid State Ionics, vol.178 Issue 15-18, 2007, pp. 1027-1032., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2007.04.014
  5. Y. Zhong, J. Liu, R. A. Witt, Y. H. Sohn, and Z. K. Liu, “Al2(Mg,Ca) Phases in Mg-Al-Ca Ternary System: First-Principles Prediction and Experimental Identification”, Scripta Materialia, Vol. 55, No.6, 2006, pp.573-576., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2006.03.068
  6. Y. Zhong, M. Yang, and Z. K. Liu, “Contribution of First-Principles Energetics to the Al-Mg Thermodynamic Database”, CALPHAD, 2005, pp. 303-311., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.calphad.2005.08.004
  7. Y. Zhong, C. Wolverton, Y. Austin Chang and Z. K. Liu, “A Combined CALPHAD/First-Principles Remodeling of the Thermodynamics of Al-Sr:Unsuspected Ground State Energies by “Rounding up the (Un)usual Suspects””, Acta Metall. Vol. 52, No. 9, 2004, pp. 2739-2754., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2004.02.022