Dr. Xu Zhang

Former member
Department Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design
High-Entropy Alloys
Mechanism-based Alloy Design

Main Focus

  • Establish the relaitonship between the mechanical behavior of mterial and the underlying microsture, using the muliscale method, such as strain gradinet crystal plasticy theory, discrete dislocation dynamic simulation and molecular dynamics.
  • Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials at microscale and nanoscale, such as micropillar, nanotwinned material, nano-crystalline, nano-composite material, nanofoam and thin films.
  • The cyclic behavior of material, especially the ratcheting effect and Bauschinger effect.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Affiliations

  • 2016/09-Present, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 2015/12-Present, Associate Professor, School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China


  • 2002/09-2006/06, Bachelor in Engineering Mechanics: Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, June 2006
  • 2006/09-2011/06, PhD candidate in Solid Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. PhD Title: Strain gradient theory studies on mechanical behaviors of micro and nano materials
  • 2009/09-2010/09, Visiting Student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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