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Principal Investigator

Yu Zou

Assistant Professor and Dean's Spark Professor

Department of Materials Science & Engineering (primary appointment)
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (cross-appointed)

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Office: PT 172A


B.Eng. (Beihang University), M.Eng. (McGill University), Dr.Sc. (ETH Zurich), Postdoc (MIT)

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Bio: Dr. Yu Zou joined the MSE Department at U of T as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, after working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT (with A. John Hart). He received his doctorate, master's, and bachelor degrees from ETH Zurich (with Ralph Spolenak), McGill University (with Jerzy Szpunar and Stephen Yue), and Beihang University (with Hua-Ming Wang), respectively, all in materials science and engineering. He was also a JSPS visiting scholar at Kyoto University (with Takayuki Kitamura). His research areas include physical metallurgy, nanomechanics, microstructural analysis, and metal additive manufacturing. At U of T, he has been awarded Connaught New Researcher Award (top-up funding), CFI-JELF award, NSERC Discovery, Engage, CRD, Alliance, RTI Grants, NFRF-Exploration, OCE VIP Grant, Mitacs Grants, and Dean’s Spark Professorship. Dr. Zou is currently serving as the Chair of Materials Technical Section in the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc) in Canada.  

  • Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2022

  • TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 2022

  • TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Young Leader Award, 2021

Postdoctoral Fellow


Sagar Patel, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. University of Waterloo. 2021

M.S. Texas A&M University, College Station. 2016

B.Eng. University of Mumbai. 2014

Research Interests:  Additive Manufacturing, Metamaterials, Design, Machine Learning.

Hobbies: Swimming, Travelling, Hiking.​

Office: TBD


Graduate Students


Zhiying Liu, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Candidate

M.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2018

B.Eng. Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 2015

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Nanofabrication and Nanomechanics, In-situ Micro-mechanical Tests and Characterization.
Hobbies: Hiking, Biking, Photography.

Office: WB 144

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Michel Haché, B.A.Sc.

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A.Sc. Queen’s University. 2018.

Research Interests: Synthesis and Mechanics of Nanocrystalline Alloys Made by Electrodeposition.
Hobbies: Sports, Travelling, Reading.


Office: PT 177



Changjun Cheng, M.Eng.

Ph.D. Candidate


M.Eng. Zhejiang University. 2019

B.Eng. Zhejiang University. 2016

Research Interests: Nanocrystalline High-entropy Alloys and Quasicrystals.

Hobbies: Tennis.

Office: WB 144


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Haoxiu Chen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Candidate


M.Sc. Beihang University. 2019

B.Sc. Beihang University. 2016

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Nanofabrication and Nanomechanics, In-situ Micro-mechanical Tests and Characterization.

Hobbies: Reading, Yoga.

Office: WB 144



Jiahui (Barry) Zhang, B.Eng.

Ph.D. Candidate

B.Eng. Southern University of Science and Technology. 2019

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning, Topology Optimization.

Hobbies: Basketball, Fitness, Travelling.

Office: PT 177


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Tianyi Lyu, B.A.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

B.A.Sc. University of Toronto. 2020

Research Interests: High-entropy Alloy Design with Computational Facilitation.

Hobbies: Soccer, Chinese Calligraphy.

Office: TBD

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Wandong Wang, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

M.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2020
B.Eng. University of Science and Technology Beijing. 2017

Research Interests: High-entropy Alloys, Mechanical Properties, Nano-indentation.

Hobbies: Travel, Movies, Exercise.

Office: TBD

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Mingqiang Li, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

M.Sc. Peking University. 2020
B.Eng. Zhengzhou University. 2016

Research Interests: Mechanics of Semiconductors and Ionic Crystals.

Hobbies: Badminton, Swimming.

Office: TBD

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Lizhong Lang, B.Eng.

Ph.D. Student

B.Eng. Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2021

Research Interests: High-Entropy Alloys, Nanomechanics, In-situ Micro-Mechanical Tests and Characterization.

Hobbies: Soccer, Hiking.

Office: TBD


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Jessie Gagnon, B.Eng.

Master's (MASc) Student

Junior Engineer, Pratt & Whitney. 2021

B.Eng. Laval University, 2019

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, High-Temperature Materials, Properties of Materials at the Nanoscale.

Hobbies: Astronomy, Ballet, Violin.

Office: TBD

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Xiao Shang, M.Eng.

Ph.D. Student

M.Eng, McGill University. 2018

B.Eng. South China University of Technology, 2015

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning.

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Jogging, DIY Projects.

Office: TBD


Manvinder Lalh, B.A.Sc.

Master's  (MASc) Student

B.A.Sc. University of Alberta. 2021

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning. Powder Optimization.

Hobbies: Hockey, Golf, Music, Public Speaking.

Office: TBD


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Wenyue Sun, B.Eng.

Master's (MEng) Student

B.Eng. Xi'an Jiao Tong University. 2020

Research Interests: High-Entropy Alloys, Biomedical Materials, Machine Learning.

Hobbies: Guitar, Travelling.

Office: TBD


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Ajay Talbot, B.A.Sc

Master's (MASc) Student

B.A.Sc. University of Alberta. 2022

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning, New Alloy Design.

Hobbies: Fitness, Snowboarding, Cars, Board Games.

Office: TBD


Zachary Carroll, B.A.Sc

Master's (MASc) Student

B.A.Sc. Queen's University. 2022

Research Interests: Mechanics for energy related materials


Office: TBD



Ruitian Chen, B.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

B.Sc. University of Science and Technology of China, 2022

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Nanomechanics, Machine Learning.

Hobbies: Travelling, Swimming, Snooker.


Office: TBD


Jingjie (Peter) Wei

Master's (MEng) Student

Research Interests: Cold spray, Additive Manufacturing

Hobbies: Reading, Foosball




  • Dr. Xin Chu, Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021).

  • Kun Gao, Visting Ph.D. Student from Beihanh University (2020-2021).

  • Wei Xing, Visting Ph.D. Student from Southern University of Science and Technology (2020-2021).


  • ​Bo Zhu, Visiting Ph.D. Student from Jilin University (2019-2020).

  • Linghao Du, M.A.Sc Student.

  • Eric Liu, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).

  • Volodymyr Vasylyev, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).

  • Tianyi Lyu, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).

  • Szu-Jia (Jessica) Liu, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).

  • Kesarin Palani, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).

  • Zhenying (Eva) Yang, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019-2020).


  • ​Dr. Hongze Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019).

  • Jiaxi (Cecilia) Wang, M.Eng Student.

  • Sameen Ahmad, M.Eng Student.

  • Yujian Wang, Visiting Ph.D. Student from Northwestern Polytechnical University (2018-2019).

  • Lianbo Wang, Visiting Ph.D. Student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2018-2019).

  • Chen Zhang, Visiting Undergraduate Student from Southern University of Science and Technology (2019).

  • Heyu Liu, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2018-2019).

  • Qiaofeng Zhang, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2018-2019).

  • Ruibin Wang, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2018-2019).

  • Chen Ru Tsai, Undergraduate Thesis Student (2018-2019).


  • ​Yuan Gao, M.Eng Student.

  • Jan Truijin, Visiting Master's Student from Eindhoven University of Technology (2018).

  • Jiankai Xiao, visiting undergraduate student from Beihang University (2018).

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