Metallic Materials for Marine and Nuclear Engineering

DATEDecember 31, 2022

Research Interests

Advanced Metallic Materials for Marine, shipbuilding and Nuclear Engineering


The group of Metallic Materials for Marine and Nuclear Engineering currently has 7 teachers (1 professor, 2 associate professors and 4 lecturers), including 2 doctoral supervisors, 6 master's supervisors, 1 Heilongjiang Longjiang chair professor, 1 Heilongjiang Outstanding Youth Fund winner and 2 CNNC young talents. Guided by the demand for metallic materials in the fields of marine, shipbuilding and nuclear engineering, the group is engaged in basic and engineering application researches on designing, processing and manufacturing of novel and advanced metallic materials. This group broke through the key technology of purification of nuclear grade high-purity hafnium. The weldable nanoprecipitate-strengthened steels for ships has been developed. The group has won more than 30 projects, such as national key research and development projects and key projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, etc. The group has won several government and community awards. They have published more than 150 papers in academic journal, such as Sci. Adv., Adv. Sci., Acta Mater., Inter. J. Plast. More than 50 invention patents have been filed. Some of research have been applied to the industry. The group has maintained long-term cooperation with universities and research institutes in the field of marine and nuclear engineering in Russia, the United States, Ukraine and other countries.

We are recruiting young talents as Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral researcher. International students are welcome to apply for PnD and master’s degrees in our group.


1. Liyuan Liu, Yang Zhang*, Junpeng Li, Mingyu Fan, Xiyu Wang, Guangchuan Wu, Zhongbo Yang, Junhua Luan, Zengbao Jiao, Chain Tsuan Liu, Peter K Liaw, and Zhongwu Zhang **, Enhanced strength-ductility synergy via novel bifunctional nano -precipitates in a high entropy alloy entropy, International Journal of Plasticity, 2022, 153:103235.

2. L. Y. Liu , Y. Zhang, J. H. Han, X. Y. Wang, W. Q. Jiang, C. T. Liu and Z. W. Zhang*, and P. K. Liaw *, Nano-precipitate-Strengthened High-Entropy Alloys, Advanced Sciences, 2021, 8, 2100870.

3. Ye Cui, Yang Zhang, Lixin Sun, Mikhail Feygenson, Xun-Li Wang, Peter K. Liaw , Ian Baker & Zhongwu Zhang*, Phase transformation via atomic-scale periodic interfacial energy, Materials Today Physics 24 (2022) 100668.

4. Liyuan Liu, Yang Zhang*, Jingming Ma, Yongxuan Shang, Jihong Han, Junpeng Li, Zhongwu Zhang*, Transition of plastic deformation mechanisms governed by spacing of nano-precipitates in a high entropy alloy, Scripta Materialia 217 (2022) 114771.

5. Mingyu Fan, Ye Cui*, Yang Zhang, Xinghao Wei, Xue Cao, Peter K Liaw, and Zhongwu Zhang*, Achieving high strength-ductility synergy in an Mg97Y1Zn1Ho1 alloy via a nano-spaced long-period stacking-ordered phase, Journal of Magnesium and alloys, 2022, DOI: 10.1016/j.jma.2022.01.002.

6. B. Z. Long, Y. Zhang*, G. H. Guo, Y. Cui, L. X. Sun, D. Chen, F. C. Jiang, T. Zhao, G. Zhao, Z. W. Zhang*, Enhanced dynamic mechanical properties and resistance to the formation of adiabatic shear band by Cu-rich nano-precipitates in high-strength steels, International Journal of Plasticity, 138 (2021):102924.

7. Muhammad Naeem, Haiyan He, Fan Zhang, Hailong Huang, Stefanus Harjo, Takuro Kawasaki, Bing Wang, Si Lan, Zhenduo Wu, Feng Wang, Yuan Wu, Zhaoping Lu, Zhongwu Zhang, Chain T. Liu, Xun-Li Wang*, Cooperative deformation in high-entropy alloys at ultralow temperatures, Science Advances 6 (2020) 134002.

8. S. S. Xu, J. P. Li, Y. Cui, Y. Zhang, L.X. Sun, J. Li, J. H. Luan, Z. B. Jiao, X-L. Wang, C. T. Liu, Z. W. Zhang*, Mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms of a novel austenite-martensite dual phase steel, International Journal of Plasticity, 2020, 128: 102677.

9. Songsong Xu, Yu Zhao, Liangwei Sun, Liang Chen, Xin Tong, Jing Zhang, Yun Zou, Junpeng Li, Guangai Sun, J. Gong, Zhongwu Zhang*. Nanoscale precipitation and its influence on the precipitation strengthening mechanisms in an ultra-high strength low-carbon steel, International Journal of Plasticity, 113 (2019) 99-110.

10. Y. Zhao, X. Tong, X. H. Wei, S. S. Xu, S. Lan, X-L. Wang, Z. W. Zhang*, Effects of microstructure on crack resistance and low-temperature toughness of ultra-low carbon high strength steel, International Journal of Plasticity, 116 (2019) 203-215.

11. Z. W. Zhang, C. T. Liu, X.-L. Wang, M. K. Miller, D. Ma, G, Chen, J. R. Williams, B. A. Chin,Effects of Proton irradiation on precipitation of nanoclusters in ferritic steel containing fcc alloying additions, Acta Materialia, 60 (2012): 3034–3046.

12. Z. W. Zhang, G Chen, G L Chen. Dynamics and mechanism of columnar grain growth of pure iron under directional annealing. Acta Materialia, 55(2007): 5988-5998.

13. Y. R. Wen, A. Hirata, Z. W. Zhang, T. Fujita, C. T. Liu, J.H. Jiang, M. W. Chen*,Microstructure characterization of Cu-rich nanoprecipitates in a Fe-2.5 Cu-1.5 Mn-4.0 Ni-1.0 Al multicomponent ferritic alloy, Acta Materialia, 61(6), 2013: 2133-2147.

14. Z.B. Jiao, J.H. Luan, Z.W. Zhang, M.K. Miller, W.B. Ma, C.T. Liu, Synergistic effects of Cu and Ni on nanoscale precipitation and mechanical properties of high-strength steels, Acta Materialia 61 (2013) 5996–6005.

15. Z. B. Jiao, J. H. Luan, Z. W. Zhang, M. K. Miller, C. T. Liu, High strength steels hardened mainly by nanoscale NiAl precipitates, Scripta Mater. (2014) 87: 45-48.


Zhongwu Zheng