Professor Cheng Yan

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Phd in Engineering (University of Sydney)

Broad Area of Research: Mechanical characterization & numerical modelling, composites, energy storage materials, biomaterials and biomechanics

Prof. Cheng Yan and his team are conducting the research in the following areas:

  • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites:

Research focus: use of various nano particles and nano carbon to make polymer composites with tailored mechanical, electrical and thermal properties for applications in light weight structural materials and functional materials (e. g. strain sensors and actuators); additive manufacture of composites; characterization of material interfaces in composites and hybrids (e.g. nano carbon/polymer and metals).

  • Energy storage materials:

Research focus: development high performance electrode materials and binders for rechargeable batteries (Li-ion, Na-ion, Li-S, Li metal, all solid and Zn-air batteries); in-situ characterization and modeling (FEA, MD and phase field) of coupled electrochemistry-mechanics problem; metallic hydrogen storage alloys.

  • Biomaterials and biomechanics:

Research focus: additive manufacturing of polymer and metal structures for applications in biomedical engineering; development of bio-inspired materials and composites; experimental and numerical investigation of strengthening and toughening mechanisms in biomaterials (e.g. bone, nacre).

  • Nanoscale characterization and modeling:

Research focus: mechanical characterization and modelling of nano and 2D materials (e.g. graphene, BN, MOF, nanowires, multi-layer thin films, nanocrystalline and amorphous alloys); density function theory modeling of energy materials and catalysis.

Grants Prof. Yan has received A$9 million research funds, including 18 grants from Australian Research Council (ARC). Selected Grants from ARC

  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP210103266), 2021-2023 (A$562,309, CI) Recyclable and rechargeable all-solid-state sodium ion batteries
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP180102003), 2018-2020 (A$412,993, 1st CI) Characterization of mechanical behavior of lithiated silicon
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP180101955), 2018-2020 (A$408,011, CI) Bio-inspired design to overcome strength-toughness trade-off composites
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP150101717), 2015-2017 (A$295,900, 1st CI) Characterization of mechanical behavior of TiO2 nanotube thin films
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP0344929), 2003-2007 (A$449K, 1st CI), Characterization of soldered and adhesively bonded assemblies in photonic packages
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP0559237), 2005-2007, A$168K, 1st CI, Development of deformation-failure-mechanism based parameters for design of microstructured optical fibre and photonics assembly
  • ARC Linkage-Project (LP200200965), 2021-2023 (A$366,516, CI), High performance bioderived hybrid fillers for rubber composite production
  • ARC Linkage-Project (LP100200318), 2009-2012 (A$216,000, CI), A new generation high crash energy absorbing barrier for improved road safety.
  • ARC Linkage-Project (LP0990514), 2008-2011 (A$156, 840, CI), Development of thin bed concrete masonry structural walls.
  • ARC LIEF (LE190100066), 2019 (A$438, 783, CI) A femtosecond laser micromachining facility for a wide range ofmaterials.
  • ARC LIEF (LE180100090), 2018 (A$1,136,244, CI) Xe-plasma dual beam for advanced future materials
  • ARC LIEF (LE130100036), 2013 (A$310,000, CI) Super high speed grinding facility for difficult-to-machine materials and structure
  • ARC LIEF (LE120100121), 2012 (A$270,000, first CI) An integrated system for characterization of mechanical behaviour of bio- and nanomaterials at micro and nano scales in Queensland.
  • ARC LIEF (LE120100036), 2012 (A$440,000, CI) National in-situ transmission electron microscope facilities.
  • ARC LIEF (LE130100036), 2013 (A$310,000, CI) Super high speed grinding facility for difficult-to-machine materials and structure.
  • ARC LIEF (LE110100017), 2011 (A$300,000, CI) An integrated system for measuring thermoelectric properties of advanced materials.
  • ARC LIEF (LE0989804), 2009 (A$150K, CI), A universal nano-tribometer for surface and thin film characterisation.
  • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (F89800824), 1998-2001 (A$203K, fellow), Fracture behavior of mis-matched interface cracks

Selected list of Awards and Recognitions

  • Inaugural Queensland International Fellowship & category winner (2009)
  • ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF), Australia Research Council (2003)
  • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), Australia Research Council (1998)
  • Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Sydney (2002)
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2014, QUT
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2011, QUT
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2010, QUT
  • Guest Scientist in State Key Laboratory for Strength of Materials, China High Education Committee (2000 – 2001).
  • Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS), Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs of Australia (1994 – 1997).
  • Sydney University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 1994-1997.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visiting scientist, 1987-1988.

Career History

  • 2015 – Present: Professor, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006 – 2015: Senior lecturer/associate professor, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2003 – 2007: ARC Australian Research Fellow (ARF), School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney
  • 1998 – 2001: ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD), Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Additional information

External Collaborations Over the years, Prof Cheng Yan has established long term collaborations with the scientists of the following organisations:

  • Tohoku University, Japan
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • National University of Singapore

Professional and Community Service Roles

  • Committee member, Australia Fracture Group
  • QUT representative, Skills Formation Strategy (SFS) Fibre Composites, QLD Government
  • Steering committee member, ATN-ISTA Australia-China NanoNetwork
  • Symposia-chair, Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites (PS6), 19th International Microscopy Congress, Sep, 2018, Sydney, Australia
  • Co-chair, Biomaterials, polymers & composites symposium, 19th International Microscopy Congress, 9-14 Sep, 2018, Sydney, Australia
  • Executive co-chair, 2018 International symposium on Advanced Materials and Sustainable Technologies, 22-25 July 2018, Brisbane, Australia
  • Chair, Workshop on Recent Advances in Nanomechanics – Science and Facilities, 12 Dec 2017, QUT, Brisbane
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Chair, composites symposium, Materials & Austcream 2014, Sydney, Australia
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2008
Details
Chair, Frontiers in materials science and technology, 2008, Brisbane
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2004
Details
Committee member, Australian Fracture Group (2004~2008).
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2003
Details
ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF), Australia Research Council.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2002
Details
Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Sydney (2002-2004).
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
1998
Details
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), Australia Research Council
Title
Characterization of Mechanical Behavior of Lithiated Silicon
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180102003
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Bio-inspired Design to Overcome Strength-toughness Trade-off of Composites
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180101955
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Characterization of Mechanical Behaviour of TiO2 Nanotube Thin Films
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP150101717
Start year
2015
Keywords
nanotube thin film;mechanical characterization;nanoindentation
  • The Mechanical Property of Advanced Electrode Materials
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Aijun Du