Dr Haifei Zhan

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Role in the Centre

Within QUT’s Centre for Materials Science, Dr Haifei Zhan contributes to the computation, prediction and modelling program with an emphasis on the mechanical properties and thermal transport of advanced nanomaterials. He has been working in the atomistic simulation field since his PhD study and has focused on various nanomaterials and nanostructures, including nanowires, 2D nanomaterials (e.g., graphene, diamane), and 3D nanostructures.

Short Biography

Dr Zhan obtained his PhD degree from QUT in 2013 and then worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at QUT. His thesis received the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. In 2017, he obtained a lecturer position at Western Sydney University. He returned to QUT in 2018 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2020. He was a visitor for Rice University, National University of Singapore, Institute of High Performance Computing (Singapore), and The Pennsylvania State University. So far, he has published 82 articles, including 2 book chapters, 73 journal articles, and 7 conference articles. His research has attracted more than 60 national and international media highlights, including MIT Technology Review. Dr Zhan received ICACM Young Investigator Award from the International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics and the International Young Computational Award from International Conference on Computational Methods. He obtained 2 ARC Discovery projects and received the Endeavour Research Fellowship.

Selected Publications

“High density mechanical energy storage with carbon nanothread bundle” Zhan, H.F.; Zhang, G.; Bell, J.M.; Tan, V.B.C.; Gu, Y.T. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 1905.

“The Best Features of Diamond Nanothread for Nanofiber Application” Zhan, H.F.; Zhang, G.; Tan, V.B.C.; Gu, Y.T. Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 14863.

“Thermal transport in 3D nanostructures” Zhan, H.F.; Nie, Y.H.; Chen, Y.N.; Bell, J.M.; Gu, Y.T. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 30(8), 1903841.

“Diamond nanothread as new reinforcement for nanocomposites” Zhan, H.F.; Zhang, G.; Tan, V.B.C.; Cheng, Y.; Bell, J.M.; Zhang, Y.-W.; Gu, Y.T. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26, 5279-5283.

In situ atomic-scale study on the ultra-large bending behaviors of TiO2-B/anatase dual-phase nanowires” Liu, Q.; Zhan, H.F.; Zhu, H. Y.; Liu, H. W.; Sun, Z. Q.; Bell, J.; Bo, A.; Gu, Y.T. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 7742-7749.