Bio

B.E. Materials Engineering, Central South University, 2010 Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015Post-Doc at The Pennsylvania State University, 2016Post-Doc at Northwestern University, 2017-2018

I am currently looking for one motivated Ph.D. student (U.S. citizenship required) to join my group in 2019 Fall. Those who are interested to join my research group please feel free to contact me by email.

My research areas include computational thermodynamics and kinetics (using the CALPHAD method), ab initio modeling of thermodynamics and diffusion, high-throughput DFT, alloy design, modeling of phase transformations in lightweight and high-temperature alloys, oxidation and corrosion in high-temperature systems, solid state ionic materials for energy applications, defect chemistry, as well as ionic transport.

 

Research Interests

  • Computational thermodynamics and kinetics (the CALPHAD method)
  • Ab initio modeling of thermodynamics and diffusion based on density functional theory
  • Physical metallurgy, theoretical modeling of phase transformations in alloys
  • Oxidation and corrosion in high-temperature systems
  • Electrochemistry, electrochemical corrosion of alloys
  • Solid state ionic materials for energy applications, defect chemistry, ionic transport

Selected Publications

  • “First-principles study of crystal structure and stability of T1 precipitates in Al-Li-Cu alloys,” Acta Mater. 145 (2018) 337-346. ABS K. Kim, B. C. Zhou, and C. Wolverton
  • “A thermodynamic approach to guide reactive element doping: Hf additions to NiCrAl,” Oxid. Met. 87 (2017) 297-310. ABS T. Gheno, B. C. Zhou, A. Ross, X. Liu, G. Lindwall, Z. K. Liu, and B. Gleeson
  • “Diffusion coefficients of alloying elements in dilute Mg alloys: A comprehensive first-principles study,” Acta Mater. 103 (2016) 573-586. ABS B. C. Zhou, S. L. Shang, Y. Wang, and Z. K. Liu
  • “Generalized stacking fault energy, ideal strength, and twinnability of dilute Mg-based alloys: A first-principles study of shear deformation,” Acta Mater. 67 (2014) 168-180. ABS S. L. Shang, W. Y. Wang, B. C. Zhou, Y. Wang, K. A. Darling, L. J. Kecskes, S. N. Mathaudhu, and Z. K. Liu
  • “First-principles calculations and thermodynamic modeling of Sn-Sr and Mg-Sn-Sr systems,” CALPHAD 46 (2014) 237-248. ABS B. C. Zhou, S. L. Shang, Y. Wang, and Z. K. Liu