Professor of Mechanics and Materials
Dept. of Structural Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Zhiliang Zhang graduated with a BSc and MSc degree, both in structural engineering, from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland in 1994. Before being appointed as a full Professor in Mechanics and Materials at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2003, Zhang had worked at SINTEF Materials Technology (an industrial research institute), Trondheim, Norway, for 9 years, and played a central role in building up the competence of the SINTEF Fracture Mechanics group to an international level.
Zhang was a visiting young scientist (1998) at GKSS Research Centre, Germany; a visiting researcher (2000-2001) at Harvard University, USA; a visiting professor (2005) at Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT); Changjiang visiting professor (2008-2011) at Beijing University of Science and Technology (USTB); a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2011. Prof. Zhang spent his recent sabbatical at California Institute of Technology (2017-2018).
Prof. Zhang was elected as the chairman of the 20th European Conference on Fracture (ECF20) 2014 by the Council of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) and has been a member of the ESIS executive committee since 2010. Prof. Zhang has been an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) since 2009.
Prof. Zhang founded the NTNU Nanomechanical Lab in 2006, has been the supervisor and co-supervisor of in total more than 44 PhD and post doc candidates. During the last 15 years Prof. Zhang has been the leader at NTNU for 12 externally funded projects with a total budget over 10 million Euro.
Currently, Prof. Zhang studies ice adhesion, hydrogen embrittlement, fracture mechanics and nanomechanics by using combined experimental and multi-scale simulation approaches. He has published more than 230 scientific papers (150 journal papers and 80 conference papers) with the latest ones as a corresponding author in top journals such as Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials Horizons, Nano Letters, Nanoscale, SMALL, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) and Acta Materialia.