Institute of High Performance Computing


People: Vibrant & Dynamic Culture



Engineering Mechanics (EM)

Dr. ZHANG Yong-Wei

Dr. ZHANG Yong-Wei

Research Interests:

  • Multiscale modeling methodology
  • Morphological evolution and mechanical properties of nanostructures
  • Mechanics of biological materials


  • Ph.D Northwestern Polytechnical University, 1989-1992
  • M. Sc Northwestern Polytechnical University, 1986-1989

Published Journals/ Articles:


    Q.H. Cheng, B. Chen, H.J. Gao and Y.W. Zhang, "Sliding-induced non-uniform pretension governs robust and reversible adhesion: a revisit of adhesion mechanisms of geckos". J. Roy.Soc. Inter. 9(67), 283-291 (2012).

    Z.X. Wu, Y.W. Zhang, M.H. Jhon, H.J. Gao, and D.J. Srolovitz, "Nanowire Failure: Long = Brittle and Short = Ductile". Nano Lett.12(2), 910-914 (2012).

    P. Murali, T.F. Guo, Y.W. Zhang et al. "Atomic Scale Fluctuations Govern Brittle Fracture and Cavitation Behavior in Metallic Glasses". Phys. Rev. Lett., 107(21), 215501 (2011).

    Q.X. Pei, Z.D. Sha, Y.W. Zhang, "A theoretical analysis of the thermal conductivity of hydrogenated graphene". Carbon, 9(14), 4752-4759 (2011).

    P. Liu and Y.W. Zhang, "A theoretical analysis of frictional and defect characteristics of graphene probed by a capped single-walled carbon nanotube". Carbon 49(11), 3687-3697 (2011).

    M.S. Bharathi, H. Ramanarayan, Y.W. Zhang, "Pattern formation and nonlinear evolution in alloy surfaces by ion-beam sputtering". Appl. Phys. Lett. 99(8), 083103 (2011).
    J. Wu, Z.J. Liu, J. Song, Y. Huang, K.C. Hwang, Y.W. Zhang and J.A. Rogers, "Stretchability of encapsulated electronics". Appl. Phys. Lett. 99(6), 061911 (2011).

    G. Vastola, V.B. Shenoy, J.Y. Guo and Y.W. Zhang, "Coupled evolution of composition and morphology in a faceted three-dimensional quantum dot". Phys. Rev. B 84(3), 035432 (2011).
    X.X. Zhang, T.F. Guo and Y.W. Zhang, "Instability analysis of a programmed hydrogel plate under swelling". J. Appl. Phys. 109(6), 063527 (2011).
    Z.Q. Zhang, Y.W. Zhang and H.J. Gao, "On optimal hierarchy of load-bearing biological materials". Proc. Roy. Soc. B 278(1705), 519-525 (2011).
    Z.W. Seh, S.H. Liu, S.Y. Zhang, M.S. Bharathi, H. Ramanarayan, M. Low, K.W. Shah, Y.W. Zhang and M.Y. Han, "Anisotropic Growth of Titania onto Various Gold Nanostructures: Synthesis, Theoretical Understanding, and Optimization for Catalysis". Angew. Chem. Inter. Ed. 50(43), 10140-10143 (2011).
    Y. Jiang, G.R. Liu, Y.W. Zhang, L. Chen and T.E. Tay, "A singular ES-FEM for plastic fracture mechanics". Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. Eng. 200(45-46), 2943-2955 (2011).
    V. Sorkin and Y.W. Zhang, "Rotation-dependent epitaxial relations between graphene and the Si-terminated SiC substrate". Phys. Rev. B 82(8), 085434 (2010).
    C. Zheng, P. Liu, J. Li and Y.W. Zhang, "Phase Diagrams for Multi-Component Membrane Vesicles: A Coarse-Grained Modeling Study". Langmuir 26(15), 12659-12666 (2010).
    V.B. Shenoy, C.D. Reddy and Y.W. Zhang, "Spontaneous Curling of Graphene Sheets with Reconstructed Edges". ACS Nano 4(8), 4840 (2010).
     J.Y. Guo, Y.W. Zhang and V.B. Shenoy, "Morphological Evolution and Ordered Quantum structure Foramtion in Heteroepitaxial Cire-Shell Nanowiares". ACS Nano 4(8), 4455 (2010).
     J.L. Xiao, A. Dunham, P. Liu and Y.W. Zhang et al. "Alignment Controlled Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Quartz Substrates". Nano Lett. 9, 4311 (2009).
    V.B. Shenoy, C.D. Reddy, A. Ramasubramaniam and Y.W. Zhang, "Edge-stress-induced warping of graphene sheets and nanoribbons". Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 245501, (2008).
    P. Liu, Y.W. Zhang, Q.H. Cheng and C. Lu, “Simulations of the spreading of a vesicle on a substrate surface mediated by receptor-ligand binding”. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 55(6), 1166 (2007).
    P. Liu, Y.W. Zhang and C. Lu, “Analysis of the oscillatory behavior of double-walled carbon nanotube-based oscillators”. Carbon 44 (1), 27-36 (2006).
    P. Liu, Y.W. Zhang and C. Lu, “Atomistic simulations of formation and stability of carbon nanorings”. Phys. Rev. B 72 (11), 115408 (2005).
    Y.W. Zhang, P. Liu and C. Lu, “Molecular dynamics simulations of the preparation and deformation of nanocrystalline copper”. Acta Mater. 52(17), 5105 (2004).
    P. Liu, Y.W. Zhang and C. Lu, “Computer simulation of Stranski-Krastanov growth of heteroepitaxial film with elastic anisotropy”. Surface Science 526(3), 375 (2003).


    • Y.W. Zhang, L.X. Lu and M.S. Bharathi, "Self-assembly of Ordered Epitaxial Nanostructures on Unusual Substrates", US MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 1-6 April, 2013.
    • Y.W. Zhang, Q.X. Pei and Z.D. Sha, "Thermal Conductivity of Graphene-Graphane Composites", 6th International Conference on Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting, Istabul Turkey. 2-4 July, 2012.
    • Z.X. Wu, Y.W. Zhang, D.J. Srolovitz, "Understanding the Size Effect in Mechanical Properties of Nanotwinned Copper", 23rd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Beijing China, 19-24, (2011).
    • Y.W. Zhang, "Catch Bond Clusters under Difference Load Distributions". US MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 9-13 April, 2012.
    • Y.W. Zhang, Q.H. Cheng, B. Chen, H.J. Gao, "Sliding Induced Pre-tension Controls Robust and Reversible Adhesion" 48th Annual Technical Meeting of Society of Engineering Science, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 12-14 October, 2011.
    • Y.W. Zhang, "Morphological Instability and Formation of Ordered Nanostructures on Epitaxial Systems: From Planar to Curved Substrates", 3rd International Workshop on Epitaxial Growth & Fundamental Properties of Semiconductor Nanostrutures", TraunKirchen, Austria, 11-16 September, 2011,
    • Y.W. Zhang and J.Y. Guo, "Three-dimensional Modeling of Coupled Morphological and Compositional Evolution during Quantum Dot growth", 8th Internal Workshop on Epitaxial Semiconductors on Patterned Substrates and Novel Index Surfaces, Como, Italy June 15-18, 2010.
    • Z.X. Wu, Y.W. Zhang, D.J. Srolovitz, "Dislocation–twin Interaction Mechanisms for Ultrahigh Strength and Ductility in Nanotwinned Copper", MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2009
    • Y.W. Zhang, P. Liu and J.Y. Guo, "Heteroepitaxial Growth of Quantum Dots, Wires and Fortresses through Surface Pre-patterning",MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2009
    • Y.W. Zhang, “Level set simulation of dislocation dynamics during heteroepitaxial thin film growth”, SIAM Annual Conference on materials and dislocations. Philadelphia, June 2-6, 2008.
    • Y. W. Zhang, “Epitaxial Growth of Quantum Dots on Pre-patterned Substrate Surface”, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Austin Texas, June 3-7 2007.

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