Principal Investigator

Yu Zou

Dean’s Spark Assistant 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

Email: mse.zou at

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

(Google Scholar, Research Gate, LinkedinORCID).

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 and Engage Grants, OCE VIP Grant, Mitacs Accelerate Grant, and Dean’s Spark Professorship.

Postdoc Researchers

Xin Chu


Postdoctoral Researcher

B.Eng. (Central South University)

M.Eng. (McGill University)

Ph.D. (McGill University)

Office: PT 81

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Research interests: Metals, Additive Manufacturing, Cold Spray, Welding

Hobbies: Experience nature, Movies, Academic Writing

Graduate Students

Zhiying Liu


PhD Candidate

M. Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), 2018

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

Office: WB 144


Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, nanofabrication and nanomechanics, In-situ micro-mechanical tests and characterization

Hobbies: Hiking, Biking, Photography

Michel Hache

PhD Candidate

B.A.Sc. (Queen’s University, 2018)

Office: PT177


Research Interests: Synthesis and mechanics of nanocrystalline alloys

Hobbies: Sports, Travelling

Changjun Cheng

PhD Candidate
E.Eng & M.Eng (Zhejiang University)

Office WB 144
Research interests: Nanocrystalline High-entropy alloys and quasicrystals
Hobbies: Tennis

Haoxiu Chen

PhD Candidate

M.Sc.(Beihang University)

B.Sc.(Beihang University)

Office: WB 144


Research Interests: Metal Additive Manufacturing

Hobbies: Reading,Yoga

Jiahui Zhang

PhD Candidate

B.Eng. (Southern University of Science and Technology)

Office: PT 177


Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing,Machine Learning,Topology Optimization

Hobbies: Basketball, Fitness, Travelling

Haokun Sun

Master's Student

B.Eng. (University of Toronto, 2018)

Office: WB144


Research Interests: Powder recycling for Selective Laser Sintering

Hobbies: Music, Travelling

Visiting Scholars and Students

Kun Gao

Visiting PhD Student from Beihang University

Office: PT 81


Research Interests:Simulation: Abaqus / ANSYS / Flow3D / C / Fortran / NX / AutoCAD Experiment: TesnsionTest / Fatigue Test / OM / SEM / Mechanical property

Hobbies: Basketball, Running

Bo Zhu

Visiting PhD Student from Jilin University


Office: MB 220


Research Interests: HEA produced by RF plasma

Hobbies:  Basketball,

Wei Xing

Visiting PhD Student from Southern University of Science and Technology


Office: PT 81 


Research Interests: Metal Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning 

Hobbies:  Sports

Undergraduate Students

  • Eric Liu (MSE UofT) 2019/2020

  • Volodymyr V.Vasylyev(MSE UofT) 2019/2020

  • Tianyi Lyu (MSE UofT) 2019/2020

  • Jessica Liu (MSE UofT) 2019/2020

  • Kesarin Palani (MSE UofT) 2019/2020

  • Eva Yang (MSE UofT) 2019/2020


Postdoctoral Fellow​


  • Dr. Hongze Wang, Year: 2017-2019, Research project: Computational simulation for laser manufacturing.

MASc students


  • Linghao Du, Nanomechanics of ionic crystals

MEng students


  • JiaXi (Cecilia) Wang, 2019, Research project: Bone mechanics

  • Sameen Ahmad, 2019, Research project: SLM of steels

  • Yuan Gao, 2018, Research project: SLM of steels; Now at Huawei (Beijing)

Undergraduate Students


  • Heyu Liu (MSE UofT) 2018/2019

  • Qiaofeng Zhang (MSE UofT) 2018/2019

  • Ruibin Wang (MSE UofT) 2018/2019

  • Chen Ru Tsai (MSE UofT) 2018/2019

Visiting Students

  • Yujian Wang, Visiting PhD Student from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Year: 2018-2019Research project:   Phase-field and mathematical modeling of microstructure evolution

  • Lianbo Wang, Visiting PhD Student from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Year: 2018-2019Research project: Electroplating of nanocrystalline alloys

  • Jan Truijen, Visiting Master's Student from Eindhoven University of Technology, 2018Research project: FEM simulation of cold spray process

  • Jiankai Xiao, visiting undergraduate student from Beihang, 2018; Now graduate student at Stanford.

  • Chen Zhang, visiting undergraduate student from Sustech, 2019

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