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Prof. Di Zhang, Member of CAS

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Prof. Di Zhang serves as a chair professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and director of the State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites.He was elected as a member of CAS in 2023.He was graduated from the School of Mechanical Engineering of Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1982, obtained Master and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Osaka University in Japan in 1985 and 1988 respectively, and has been joined in Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 1988. In 2001, he was selected as a distinguished professor in the "Yangtze River Scholars Award" of the Ministry of Education. He has long been engaged in basic research on the application of metal matrix composites, and has made systematic and innovative research achievements in composite design and preparation, deformation processing, structure-effect relationship, and configuration control. He has published more than 600 SCI-indexed papers in academic journals, with more than 23,000 SCI citations, and has published 3 academic monographs in Chinese and English. He has undertaken major projects such as the National 863 Program, the 973 Program, the National Key R&D Program, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China,and has been granted more than 90 Chinese invention patents, and has formulated 3 national standards for metal matrix composite materials. Guiding basic research and supporting applied research, he has developed a series of lightweight and high-strength metal matrix composite materials for a number of major engineering projects in China, which have been successfully applied in high-tech fields such as aerospace.  He has won 2 second prizes of the National Natural Science Award (both as the first author) and 4 first prizes at the provincial and ministerial levels.

Research Interests
 1. Process of advanced metal matrix composites;
 2. Basic and applied research of Morph Genetic materials.

   Biographical Information

Education Experience:
 1.02.1978 -01.1982 B. S.  Xi-an Jiao Tong University
 2.10.1982 -03.1985 M. S. Osaka University
 3.04.1985 -03.1988 Ph. D Osaka University
 1.04.1974. -12.1976 Educated Youth Gaojiazhuang group of Zhouzhi Country in Shaanxi Province
 2.01.1977 -01. 1978Worker Xi’an Electric Foundry
 3.09.1988 -12.1989Lecturer Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
 4.01.1990-12.1993 Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
 5.12.1993- now, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Overseas Experience:
1.12.1991-11.1993, Visiting Scholar Central laboratory, Yuasa Corporation, Japan
2.08.1994-05.1995,Visiting Scholar Central laboratory, Yuasa Corporation, Japan
3.11.1996-03.1997,Visiting Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University
4.11.1997-02.1999, Visiting Professor Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electron Microscopy, Osaka University
5.07.2001-10.2001,Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany
6.01.2003-2008(total 10months, 2months/year), Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Saga University
Commissions of trust
Executive Director of Chinese Compostie Materials Society
Professional Committee of Metal Matrix and Ceramic Matrix Composites
Editorial Member of international journal“Composites Science and Technology”, 2007-
Editorial Member of international journal “Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials”, 2011-
Associate Editor of “Journal of Composites Materials”, 2006-
Editorial Member of “Chinese Science Bulletin”, 2006-
Editorial Member of “ActaMetallurgicaSinica”, 2008-

   Research Interests

1.Process of advanced metal matrix composites;
 2.Basic and applied research of Morph Genetic materials.

   Selected Publications

1.Peng, Wenhong; Zhu, Shenmin; Wang, Wanlin; Zhang, Wang; Gu, Jiajun; Hu, Xiaobin; Zhang, Di; Chen, Zhixin. 3D Network Magnetophotonic Crystals Fabricated on Morpho Butterfly Wing Templates. ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS. 2012, 22, 10, 2072-2080.(IF=10.179)
2.Tan, Yongwen; Gu, Jiajun; Xu, Linhua; Zang, Xining; Liu, Dingxin; Zhang, Wang; Liu, Qinglei; Zhu, Shenmin; Su, Huilan; Feng, Chuanliang; Fan, Genlian; Zhang, Di. High-Density Hotspots Engineered by Naturally Piled-Up Subwavelength Structures in Three-Dimensional Copper Butterfly Wing Scales for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Detection. ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS. 2012, 22, 8, 1578-1585. (IF= 10.179)
3.Guo, Xianglong; Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Minmin; Qin, Jining; Zhang, Di; Lu, Weijie. Effects of degree of deformation on the microstructure, mechanical properties and texture of hybrid-reinforced titanium matrix composites.ACTA MATERIALIA. 2012, 60, 6-7. (IF=3.755)
4.Wang, Jingyue; Li, Zhiqiang; Fan, Genlian; Pan, Huanhuan; Chen, Zhixin; Zhang, Di. Reinforcement with graphenenanosheets in aluminum matrix composites. SCRIPTA MATERIALIA. 2012, 66, 8, 594-597. (IF=2.699)
5.Jiang, Lin; Li, Zhiqiang; Fan, Genlian; Cao, Linlin; Zhang, Di. The use of flake powder metallurgy to produce carbon nanotube (CNT)/aluminum composites with a homogenous CNT distribution.CARBON. 2012, 50, 5, 1993-1998. (IF=5.378)
6.Jiang, Lin; Li, Zhiqiang; Fan, Genlian; Cao, Linlin; Zhang, Di. Strong and ductile carbon nanotube/aluminum bulk nanolaminated composites with two-dimensional alignment of carbon nanotubes. SCRIPTA MATERIALIA. 2012, 66, 6, 331-334. (IF=2.699)
7.Liu, Qinglei; Gu, Jiajun; Zhang, Wang; Miyamoto, Yoshinari; Chen, Zhixin; Zhang, Di. Biomorphic porous graphitic carbon for electromagnetic interference shielding.JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY. 2012, 22, 39, 21183-21188. (IF=5.968)
8.Song, Fang; Su, Huilan; Chen, Jianjun; Moon, Won-Jin; Lau, Woon Ming; Zhang, Di. 3D hierarchical porous SnO2 derived from self-assembled biological systems for superior gas sensing application. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY. 2012, 22, 3, 1121-1126. (IF=5.968)
9.Tan Yongwen, GuJiajun, Zang Xining, Xu Wei, Shi Kaicheng, XuLinhua, Zhang Di.Versatile. Fabrication of Intact Three-Dimensional Metallic Butterfly Wing Scales with Hierarchical Sub-micrometer Structures. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION.2011, 50,36, 8307-8311. (IF=13.455)
10.Shi Nan, Li Xiaohui, Fan Tongxiang, Zhou Han, Ding Jian, Zhang Di, Zhu Hanxing. Biogenic N-I-codoped TiO2 photocatalyst derived from kelp for efficient dye degradation. Energy &Enviorment Science.2011, 4, 1, 172-180.(IF=9.61)
11.Zhou Han, Fan TongXiang, Zhang Di.Biotemplated Materials for Sustainable Energy and Environment: Current Status and Challenges. CHEMSUSCHEM. 2011, 4, 10, 1344-1387.(IF=6.827)
12.Zhou, Han, Li, Xufan, Fan, Tongxian), Osterloh, Frank E, Ding, Jian, Sabio, Erwin M., Zhang, Di, Guo, Qixin. Artificial Inorganic Leafs for Efficient Photochemical Hydrogen Production Inspired by Natural Photosynthesis. ADVANCED MATERIALS.2010, 22, 9, 951.(IF=13.877)
13.Hong, Wei, Hu, Xiaobin, Zhao, Binyuan, Zhang, Fan, Zhang, Di. Tunable Photonic Polyelectrolyte Colorimetric Sensing for Anions, Cations and Zwitterions.ADVANCED MATERIALS.2010, 22, 44, 5043. (IF=13.877)

   Research Projects

Professor Zhang is the leader of many domestic research projects such as, National Natural Science foundation of China, 973plan, 863plan,  and inter-government collaboration projects. At the same time his group cooperates well with many world-famous universities and companies, such as Rio Tinto Alcan (Canada), Bayer (German), Morgan Crucible (the United Kingdom), The Dow Chemical Company (the United States of America) and Toyota Company (Japan). Professor Zhang’s research fields are process of advanced metal matrix composites, basic and applied research of Morph Genetic materials.

   Honors & Awards


CAS Member, China,2023

Chang Jiang Scholars Program Professor, China, 2001

The first and second prize of Shanghai Science and Technology progress; China, 2003

The first prize of Shanghai Natural Science Award; China, 2006

The second prize of National Teaching Achievement Award; China. 2009

Incubation Award by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission; 2012

Guided 2 students to obtain the National Excellent Doctoral dissertation and 6 students to obtain Shanghai outstanding doctoral thesis. China

More than14 invited lectures at international schools and conferences.