B.E. Powder Materials Science and 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

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.



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

Research Interests

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

In the News

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 ABS 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. ABS 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. 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

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