Zhou’s physics-based approach to computational materials promises a deeper understanding of materials’ equilibrium structure.
Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
The Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group in the Univeristy of Virginia’s Materials Science and Engineering department is led by Professor Bi-Cheng Zhou. We do application-inspired fundamental research in materials science. Our research areas include computational thermodynamics and kinetics (the CALPHAD method), Ab initio modeling of thermodynamics and diffusion based on density functional theory, physical metallurgy and theoretical modeling of phase transformations in alloys, oxidation and corrosion in high-temperature systems, electrochemical corrosion of alloys.
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Research Aims to Reduce the Processing Cost and Increase the Strength and Formability of Magnesium Alloys
Research group employed computational modeling to understand a magnesium-tin alloy’s precipitation sequence.
Opila has assembled a team to develop a coating that will protect high-temperature alloys from rapid oxidation.