Current Status

5th year Ph.D Candidate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Contact Information

2144 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-7167
zhangz.umd [at] gmail.com

Education

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2011)
Advisor: Prof. Teng Li
Dissertation: “Morphologic Instability of Graphene and its Potential Applications”

M.S. in Solid Mechanics (2007)
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Advisor: Prof. Xide Li
Thesis: “Study on the Optical Measurement System for Mechanical Properties of Micro Structures”

B.S. in Engineering Mechanics (2005 )
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

  • Mechanics and dynamics of low-dimensional carbon materials (graphene, CNTs, CNSs)
  • Mechanical instability of thin films and nanostructures
  • Mechanics of thin films and multilayered structures

Academic Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Doctoral Research Award, University of Maryland 2011
  • Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, University of Maryland 2011
  • 1st Place Winner, Modeling and Simulation Panel, Graduate Research Interaction Day, University of Maryland 2011
  • Nominee for Outstanding Poster Award, 2010 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (top 3%) 2010
  • National Science Foundation Student Travel Grant (to attend the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Congress 2010, 40 out of 230) 2010
  • George R. Irwin Centennial Research Award, University of Maryland 2010
  • A.J. Clark School Future Faculty Fellow, University of Maryland 2010
  • Finalist (15 in total, nation-wide), ASME Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) Student Paper Competition 2009
  • ASME AMD Travel Grant (to attend the ASME Congress 2009) 2009
  • A.J. Clark Fellowship, University of Maryland 2007~2011
  • Best Student Paper, the 13th Annual Symposium of Beijing Society of Mechanics 2007
  • Third-class Tsinghua Comprehensive Excellence Scholarship, Tsinghua University 2006
  • First-Class Scholarship of Outstanding Academic Performance, Tsinghua University 2004
  • Excellent Academic Scholarship of Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2002

Teaching Experience

Co-instructor, University of Maryland                Fall 2010
ENME 670, “Continuum Mechanics” (graduate course)
Instructor: Prof. Teng Li

Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland        Spring 2010
ENME 382, “Introduction to Materials and Their Applications
Instructor: Prof. Teng Li and Prof. Aris Christou

Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland        Fall 2008
ENMS 220, “Mechanics of Materials
Instructor: Prof. William Fourney

Teaching Assistant, Tsinghua University            Spring 2005-Fall 2007
Experimental Techniques of Solid Mechanics” (graduate course) and “Experimental Stress Analysis
Instructor: Prof. Xide Li

Journal Publications

  1. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Determining graphene adhesion via substrate-regulated morphology of graphene”, Journal of Applied Physics, 110, 083526 (2011).
  2. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Ultrafast nano-oscillators based on interlayer-bridged carbon nanoscrolls”, Nanoscale Research Letters, 6, 470 (2011).
  3. T. Li,  Z. Zhang, B. Michaux, “Competing failure mechanisms of thin metal films on polymer substrates under tension”,  Invited  paper,  Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 1, 041002 (2011). 
  4. E. Dechaumphai, Z. Zhang, N. P. Siwak, R. Ghodssi and T. Li, “Resonant frequency of gold/polycarbonate hybrid nano resonators fabricated on plastics via nano-transfer printing”, Nanoscale Research Letters, 6, 90 (2011).
  5. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “A molecular mechanics study of morphologic interaction between graphene and Si nanowires on a SiO2 substrate”, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2011, 374018 (2011).
  6. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Carbon nanotube initiated formation of carbon nanoscrolls”, Applied Physics Letters, 97, 081909 (2010). Also highlighted in the Sept. 6, 2010 issue of the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology.
  7. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Graphene morphology regulated by nanowires patterned in parallel on a substrate surface”, Journal of Applied Physics, 107, 103519 (2010). Also highlighted in the Jun. 7, 2010 issue of the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology.
  8. T. Li and Z. Zhang, “Substrate-regulated morphology of graphene”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 43, 075303 (2010).
  9. T. Li and Z. Zhang, “Snap-through instability of graphene on substrates”, Nanoscale Research Letters, 5, 169-173 (2010). 
  10. X. Li, D. Su and Z. Zhang, “A novel technique of microforce sensing and loading”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 153, 13–23 (2009).
  11. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Effects of grain boundary adhesion and grain size on ductility of thin metal films on polymer substrates”, Scripta Materialia, 59, 862-865 (2008).
  12. Z. Zhang, X. Li and W. Shen, “Thermal deformation analysis of a copper microbridge with speckle interferometry and finite element”, Key Engineering Materials, 353-358, 2871-2874 (2007).
  13. X. Li, Y. Yang, C. Wei, Y. Peng and Z. Zhang, “Measurement of micro-scale experimental mechanics based on stage of optical and scanning microscopes”, Journal of Experimental Mechanics (in Chinese), 21 (2006).

Conference Presentations

  1. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Ultrafast nano-oscillators based on carbon nanoscrolls”, 2011 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA (2011).
  2. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Buckling instability of carbon nanoscrolls”, 2011 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA (2011).
  3. Z. Zhang and T. Li, "Carbon nanoscroll-based ultrafast nano-oscillators", International Conference on Nanoscience & Technology (ChinaNANO 2011), Beijing, China (2011).
  4. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “The deformation behavior of carbon nanoscrolls”, ASME Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference (McMAT2011), Chicago, IL (2011).
  5. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Carbon nanotube initiated formation of carbon nanoscrolls”, NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Conference 2011, Atlanta, GA (2011).
  6. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Carbon nanotube initiated formation of carbon nanoscrolls”, 2010 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA (2010).
  7. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Carbon nanotube initiated formation of carbon nanoscrolls”, 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Vancouver, BC Canada (2010).
  8. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “A molecular mechanics study of morphologic interaction between graphene and Si nanowires on a SiO2 substrate”, 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Vancouver, BC Canada (2010).
  9. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Graphene morphology regulated by nanowires patterned on a substrate surface”, the 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, State College, PA (2010).
  10. Z. Zhang, B. Michaux and T. Li, “Origins of large variation in ductility of thin nanocrystalline metallizations on polymer substrates”, the 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, State College, PA (2010).
  11. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “A molecular mechanics study of graphene/nanowires interaction”, Graphene Week 2010: an International Conference on Graphene Science, College Park, MD (2010).
  12. T. Li and Z. Zhang, “Graphene morphology modulated by nanowires patterned on a substrate surface”, International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium, College Park, MD (2009).
  13. Z. Zhang and T. Li, “Snap-through instability of graphene morphology on substrates”, 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2009).
  14. Z. Zhang and X. Li, “The fabrication and application of a novel micro force sensor”, the 13th Annual Symposium of Beijing Society of Mechanics, Beijing, China (2007).
  15. Z. Zhang and X. Li, “Study on the dynamic measurement system for mechanical properties of micro structures and devices”, the 11th Experimental Mechanics Science Conference of China, Dalian, China (2005).

Professional Memberships and Services

  • Reviewer, Journal of Nanomaterials
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, Materials Research Society