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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 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.

Since 2018, as the principal investigator (PI), he has secured more than $12 million CAD in research funding from various Canadian funding agencies, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Research Fund (ORF), New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Mitacs).


  • The Brimacombe Award, Metallurgy and Materials Society Canada, 2023             

  • Connaught Innovation Award, University of Toronto, 2023        

  • Ontario Early Researcher Award, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, 2022          

  • TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 2022

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

  • JMR Early Career Scholars Prize, Materials Research Society (MRS), 2020

  • Outstanding reviewer award Acta/Scripta Materialia, 2019

  • The Dean’s Spark Professorship, FASE, University of Toronto, 2018

  • Connaught New Researcher Award (top-up funding), University of Toronto, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellows


Lixin Chen, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D Jilin University, 2018

M.Sc Changchun University of Science and Technology, 2014
B. Eng. Changchun University of Science and Technology, 2011

Research Interests: Electrocatalysis, Catalyst Desgin, 2D Materials, High Entropy Alloy Catalysts.

Hobbies: Swimming


Office: PT176


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Soumya Sohhan Dash, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D Toronto Metropolitan University, 2023

M.Tech National Institute of Technology Rourekla, 2019
B.Tech National Institute of Technology Rourekla, 2019

Research Interests: Physical Metallurgy, Casting and Solidification, Additive Manufacturing, Fatigue, Materials Characterization 

Hobbies: Cycling, Cooking, Photography, Badminton


Office: TBD


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Mingyu Xie, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D Peking University, 2023

B.Sc. Lanzhou University, 2018

Research Interests: Experimental mechanics; Anelasticity of materials; Piezoelectric materials and transducers; Photo-elastic

Hobbies: Basketball, Fitness, Badminton

Office: PT173


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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, Mahjong.

Office: MB220D


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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 and Additive Manufacturing of Energy Materials, High Entropy Alloys and Metallic Glasses in Energy Applications 

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Baking, Guitar

Office: TBD



Ruitian Chen, B.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

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

Research Interests: Crystalline materials, Grain boundary.

Hobbies: Travelling, Swimming, Snooker.


Office: TBD


Jingjie (Peter) Wei

Ph.D. Student

B.A.Sc. University of Toronto. 2022

Research Interests: Cold spray, Additive Manufacturing

Hobbies: Reading, Foosball


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Kailin Chen

Ph.D. Student

B.Eng. Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2023

Research Interests: Mechanics of Solid-State Batteries, High-Entropy Alloy (HEA) Catalysis

Hobbies: Fitness, Singing, Travelling

Office: TBD


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Nuo Qu

Ph.D. Student

B.Eng. Xiamen University, 2023

Research Interests: Nanomechanics, Additive Manufacturing

Hobbies: Violin, Badminton

Office: TBD



Sang Bum Yi

Ph.D. Student

B.Sc. University of Toronto, 2021

M.A.Sc University of Toronto, 2023


Research Interests: High-Entropy Alloys, Physical Properties (Electrical/Magnetic)

Hobbies: Eating, Running

Office: TBD



Zhengyanyan Leo Li

Master's (M.Eng) Student

B.A.Sc. University of Toronto, 2022


Research Interests: Electrodeposition, Bio-ceramics

Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, Cycling

Office: TBD




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

  • Wei Xing, Visiting 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.

  • 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).

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