Seminar on Computational Materials Physics and Mechanics for Design

Dr Zhe Liu, Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Monash University
Time: Thursday 1 June 2017, 11.00 am
Location: Mechanical Engineering Seminar Room, E311, Building 170, Block E
Next Thursday Dr Zhe Liu, Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Monash University, will give a special materials Seminar on Computational Materials Physics and Mechanics for Design 
Abstract
The advancement of modern computation techniques has enabled the ability to predict physical properties of crystal structures, establish structure-properties of materials, and simulate physical and mechanical processes for well-defined yet complex systems. Multiscale computation is becoming a powerful tool for the design of complex systems. In this talk, I will present my group’s research on computational designs for InGaN, understanding solute atom segregation in coherent twin boundaries for MgGdZn; and revealing the scaling law of ion transport confined in graphene cascading nanoslits for energy storage applications. In each of the studies, I will demonstrate the interplay between experiments and computation, demonstrating the indispensable role of computation to drive the advance of materials physics/mechanics and materials design.
Biography
Dr Zhe Liu has Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University China and a PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University, USA. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr Alex Zunger in the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer. His research focuses on (i) developing and employing computer simulation methods for the design of materials including metallic alloys, semiconductors, oxides and 2D actuation materials; and (ii) nano-fluidics and nan-ionics for dynamic molecular transport in nanochannels, including gas molecule transport in nanoporous materials for gas separation and storage. Dr Liu has published more than 90 papers, including 15 papers in Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, JACS and PRL.