Wilsdorf Hall, Rm 303D 395 McCormick Road
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Prof. Bi-Cheng Zhou's research interests lie in computational thermodynamics and kinetics of materials. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2015 in MSE with a minor in computational science and a subsequent one-year postdoc from the Pennsylvania State University, both under the guidance of Prof. Zi-Kui Liu. In 2017, he joined Prof. Chris Wolverton’s group at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2018, he joined the University of Virginia as an assistant professor in the MSE department, where he has been collaborating with colleagues and continues to apply computational thermodynamics and kinetics methods to the studies of metal alloys, additive manufacturing, high-temperature corrosion, and aqueous corrosion.



B.E. Powder Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, China, 2010

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Post-Doc, Pennsylvania State University, 2016

Post-Doc, Northwestern University, 2017-2018

Research Interests

Thermodynamics and kinetics
First-principles alloy theory
Phase transformation
High temperature materials and corrosion
Electrochemical corrosion

Selected Publications

“Potential-pH diagrams considering complex oxide solution phases for understanding aqueous corrosion of multi-principal element alloys,” npj Mater Degrad 4 (2020) 35 K. Wang, J. Han, a. Y. Gerard, J. R. Scully, B. C. Zhou
“Atomic structures of ordered monolayer GP zones in Mg-Zn-X (X= Ca, Nd) systems” Scripta Mater. 216 (2022) 114744. D. Cheng, E. R. Hoglund, K. Wang, J. M. Howe, S. R. Agnew, B. C. Zhou
“First-principles study of crystal structure and stability of T1 precipitates in Al-Li-Cu alloys,” Acta Mater. 145 (2018) 337-346. 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. 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. B. C. Zhou, S. L. Shang, Y. Wang, and Z. K. Liu

Courses Taught

MSE 6230 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials
MSE 6240 Kinetics of Transport and Transformations in Materials
MSE 2090 Introduction to Materials Science
MSE 3070 Kinetics and Phase Transformation in Materials


NSF CAREER Award 2021
Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference - Physical Metallurgy 2023