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


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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Xin Chu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. McGill University. 2020

M.Eng. McGill University. 2016

B.Eng. Central South University. 2014

Research Interests: Metals, Additive Manufacturing, Cold Spray, Welding.

Hobbies: Experience Nature, Movies, Academic Writing.

Office: PT 81


Graduate Student

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

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


Haoxiu Chen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Candidate


M.Sc. Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics). 2019

B.Sc. Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics). 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


Haokun Sun, B.A.Sc.

Master's Student

B.A.Sc. University of Toronto. 2018.

Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Selective Laser Melting, Recycled Powder, Maraging Steel, Aluminum, Copper.

Hobbies: Music, Travelling.

Office: WB 144


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

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

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

Visiting Scholar and Student

Kun Gao, B.Eng.

Visiting Ph.D. Student from Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

B.Eng. Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics). 2016

Research Interests: Computational Simulation (Abaqus, ANSYS, Flow3D, C, Fortran, NX, AutoCAD).

Hobbies: Basketball, Running.

Office: PT 81


Wei Xing, M.Sc.

Visiting Ph.D. Student from Southern University of Science and Technology


M.Sc. Harbin Institute of Technology. 2016

B.Eng. Northeast Forestry University. 2014

Research Interests: Metal Additive Manufacturing, Machine Learning.

Hobbies: Sports.

Office: PT 81




  • ​Bo Zhu, Visiting Ph.D. Student from Jilin University.

  • 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).

© 2020 Yu Zou