Bio

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

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

In the News

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