Group News

News and updates from the Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group, led by Dr. Bi-Cheng Zhou.


    NSF CAREER Award!

    February 26, 2021

    Dr. Zhou has won the prestigious 2021 NSF CAREER Award! The title of his CAREER proposal is "CAREER: A Novel Computational Thermodynamics Framework with Intrinsic Chemical Short-Range Order". This CAREER Award is jointly sponsored by two NSF programs, Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) and Metals and Metal Nanostructure (MMN). We thank program managers Dr. Daryl Hess (CMMT) and Dr. Judith Yang (MMN) for their kind support. We also thank the help from colleagues at UVA MSE and SEAS. This award would not be possible without the hard work from all the Zhou group members, especially Chu-Liang! See also the UVA news coverage: CAREER Award: Opening Vistas for Materials Design.


    HERO coating team funded by ARPA-E

    November 18, 2020

    Dr. Zhou will participate in a research team to develop a High-Entropy Rare-Earth Oxides (HERO) coating for protecting refractory alloys used in turbine engines. The team is funded by the ULTIMATE program in Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).


    Du and Chu-Liang passed qualifying exams

    September 22, 2020

    Du Cheng and Chu-Liang Fu have successfully passed the PhD qualifying exams. Both of them got clean passes. Congratulations!


    Rahim received Distinguished Fellowship

    April 20, 2020

    Rahim received the UVA Engineering Distinguished Fellowship, an award made available only to the top applicants of UVA Engineering program in their first year. Congratulations Rahim!


    Welcome Rahim and Yuan-Chen

    April 15, 2020

    Rahim Zaman and Yuan-Chen Gao joined our group as new PhD students. Welcome!


    Our first paper published!

    January 28, 2020

    The first paper led by Kang from our group "First-principles investigation of the phase stability and early stages of precipitation in Mg-Sn alloys" was published in Physical Review Materials and was selected as the Editors' Suggestions. Congratulations!


    Reducing the cost, increasing the strength of Mg alloys

    July 30, 2019

    Dr. Zhou received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) "DMREF/Collaborative Research: Low Cost, High Strength and Ductile Mg Alloys". He will be collaborating with fellow MSE and Cornell faculty on an investigation into alloy design strategies involving Guinier-Preston zones, which are nanoscale precipitates in alloys. Our group will be responsible for leading the modeling components investigating the Guinier-Preston zone structure and thermodynamic properties in Mg alloys.


    Design of UHTC for oxidation resistance

    January 24, 2019

    Dr. Zhou received his first grant from Office of Naval Research (ONR) with Dr. Beth Opila on "Design of UHTC for oxidation resistance".


    Welcome Kang, Du, and Chu-Liang

    August 20, 2018

    Postdoc Dr. Kang Wang, PhD students Du Cheng and Chu-Liang Fu have joined the group as the first starting members. Welcome!


    A new start!

    August 10, 2018

    Dr. Zhou officially started the Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics group at UVA MSE!