Professor YuanTong Gu

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Role in the Centre

As a computer modeller and mechanical engineer, YuanTong Gu applies advanced computer modelling tools to explore mechanical and thermal properties and mechanisms of advanced materials. His team use modelling and simulation techniques, including DFT, Molecular Dynamics, Coarse Grained model, and continuum mechanics model, to explore the deformation and thermal properties of nanomaterials and its devices from atomic scale, to meso-scale to macro-scale. Advanced computer modelling not only helps to establish a better understanding of existing materials but also guides the design and creation of new materials. It is believed that more and more material experiments can be conducted through computer modelling and simulation.

Short Biography

Professor YuanTong Gu is a prestigious ARC Future Fellow. He is a world-renowned expert in computational mechanics including computational materials. He has secured around $18M research fund including 16 ARC research grants. He has a demonstrated ability to lead large inter-disciplinary research teams and engage with stakeholders from academia to industry. A recent example is the remarkable success of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC). Prof Gu has authored more than 300 refereed journal publications and one popular book. Most of his publications are in highly ranked journals including Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials and Nano Letters. His publications have attracted more than 10K citations in Google Scholar. He was Editor-in-Chief for the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, is Associate Editor for two prestigious international journals, and an Editorial Board Member for five other journals. He is now a GC member of The International Association for Computational Mechanics and an Executive Committee Member of the Australian Association on Computational Mechanics. Prof Gu has obtained several awards and prizes in computational mechanics including The International Computational Methods Award and The ICACM Computational Mechanics Award. He has been invited to give more than 30 plenary and invited talks at international conferences. He has also served as a conference chair for two international conferences. Prof Gu is leading The Laboratory for Advanced Modelling and Simulations in Engineering and Science (LAMSES) in QUT, which is one of the largest Australian research groups on computational mechanics, including around 30 researchers and PhD students. A total of 33 PhD students have graduated under Prof Gu’s supervision.

Selected Publications

Liu, G.R; Gu, Y.T. An introduction to meshfree methods and their programming 2005, Springer, Germany.

“The best features of diamond nanothread for nanofibre applications” Zhan, H.; Zhang, G.; Tan, V.B.C.; Gu, Y. Nat Commun 2017, 8, 14863.

In Situ Atomic-Scale Study on the Ultralarge Bending Behaviors of TiO2-B/Anatase Dual-Phase Nanowires” Liu, Q.; Zhan, H.; Zhu, H.; Liu, H.; Sun, Z.; Bell, J.; Bo, A.; Gu, Y. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 11, 7742-7749.

“Thermal Transport in 3D Nanostructures” Zhan, H.; Nie, Y.; Chen, Y.; Bell, J.M.; Gu, Y. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 1903841.

“Diamond Nanothread as a New Reinforcement for Nanocomposites” Zhan, H.; Zhang, G.; Tan, V.B.C.; Cheng, Y.; Bell, J.M.; Zhang, Y.-W.; Gu, Y.; 2016, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26(29), 5279-5283.

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