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Professor Cheng Yan

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science

Personal

Name
Professor Cheng Yan
Position(s)
Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science
Discipline *
Materials Engineering, Nanotechnology
Phone
+61 7 3138 6630
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Phd in Engineering (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • ARC Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials
  • Materials Australia
  • Engineers Australia
Keywords

Composites, nanomaterials, advanced materials interfaces, nanomechanics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Broad Area of Research: Nanocomposites, Advanced materials interfaces, Nanomechanics

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cyadvancedmaterialsgroup/

Prof. Cheng Yan and his team are conducting the research in the following areas:

1) Nanocomposites 

  • Polymer nanocomposites as functional and light weight structural materials
  • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites for energy storage
  • 3D printing for advanced manufacturing

2) Advanced materials interfaces

  • Mechanical, thermal and electrical behavior of polymer-nanocarbon (CNT & graphene) interfaces
  • Organic-inorganic interfaces in biomaterials (e.g. protein-mineral in bone)
  • Interface mechanical behavior in nano multi-layer thin films

3) Nanomechanics

  • Deformation and failure of small sized materials and structures
  • Structure-property relationship in porous materials
  • Mechanical behavior of amorphous materials

Grants Prof. Yan has received A$6 million research funds, including 12 grants from Australian Research Council (ARC).

Selected Grants from ARC

  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP150101717), 2015-2017 (A$295,900, first CI) Characterization of mechanical behavior of TiO2 nanotube thin films
  • ARC Discovery-Project/Australian Research Fellowship (DP0344929), 2003-2007 (A$449K, first CI), Characterization of soldered and adhesively bonded assemblies in photonic packages
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP0559237), 2005-2007, A$168K, first CI, Development of deformation-failure-mechanism based parameters for design of microstructured optical fibre and photonics assembly
  • ARC Linkage-Project (LP100200318), 2009-2012 (A$216,000, CI), A new generation high crash energy absorbing barrier for improved road safety.
  • ARC Linkage-Project (LP0990514), 2008-2011 (A$156, 840, CI), Development of thin bed concrete masonry structural walls.
  • ARC LIEF (LE120100121), 2012 (A$270,000, first CI) An integrated system for characterization of mechanical behaviour of bio- and nanomaterials at micro and nano scales in Queensland.
  • ARC LIEF (LE120100036), 2012 (A$440,000, CI) National in-situ transmission electron microscope facilities.
  • ARC LIEF (LE130100036), 2013 (A$310,000, CI) Super high speed grinding facility for difficult-to-machine materials and structure.
  • ARC LIEF (LE110100017), 2011 (A$300,000, CI) An integrated system for measuring thermoelectric properties of advanced materials.
  • ARC LIEF (LE0989804), 2009 (A$150K, CI), A universal nano-tribometer for surface and thin film characterisation.
  • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (F89800824), 1998-2001 (A$203K, fellow), Fracture behavior of mis-matched interface cracks

Selected other funds

  • Australia-China Special Fund for Scientific & technological Cooperation-Round 7 (CH070160), 2008-2010, (Australian CI, $38, 000).
  • AINSE 2011 grant (A$=3000, CI) Phase transition study on rhombohedral sodium niobate
  • CRC Rail Innovation (A$409 K, 2008-2012, CI) Longer life insulated rail joints

Selected list of Awards and Recognitions

  • Inaugural Queensland International Fellowship & category winner (2009)
  • ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF), Australia Research Council (2003)
  • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), Australia Research Council (1998)
  • Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Sydney (2002)
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2014, QUT
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2011, QUT
  • Vice Chancellor Performance Award, 2010, QUT
  • Guest Scientist in State Key Laboratory for Strength of Materials, China High Education Committee (2000 – 2001).
  • Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS), Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs of Australia (1994 – 1997).
  • Sydney University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 1994-1997.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visiting scientist, 1987-1988.

Career History

  • 2015 – Present: Professor, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006 – 2015: Senior lecturer/associate professor, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2003 – 2007: ARC Australian Research Fellow (ARF), School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney
  • 1998 – 2001: ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD), Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney
This information has been contributed by Professor Cheng Yan.

Teaching

Teaching Areas

  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Nanostructured Materials
This information has been contributed by Professor Cheng Yan.

Experience

External Collaborations Over the years, Prof Cheng Yan has established long term collaborations with the scientists of the following organizations:

  • National University of Singapore
  • Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Tohoku University, Japan
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Chongqing University, China
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Dalian University of Technology, China

Professional and Community Service Roles

  • Committee member, Australia Fracture Group
  • QUT representative, Skills Formation Strategy (SFS) Fibre Composites, QLD Government
  • Steering committee member, ATN-ISTA Australia-China NanoNetwork
  • Convener of composite symposium, The 3rd biennial Conference of the Combined Australian Materials Societies, incorporating Materials and Austceram (CAMS 2014),
  • Co-chair of international committee, International Workshop on Innovation and Commercialization of Micro & Nanotechnology (ICMAN), 2009, Chongqing, China
  • Co-chair, International Conference on Frontiers in Materials Science and Technology, 2008, Brisbane, Australia
  • Convener of Composites Symposium, International Conference on Materials & Austcream, 2007, Sydney, Australia
This information has been contributed by Professor Cheng Yan.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2006
Details
Convener, composites symposium, Materials & Austcream 2007, Sydney
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2006
Details
Co-chair, Frontiers in materials science and technology, 2008, Brisbane
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2004
Details
Committee member, Australian Fracture Group (2004~2008).
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2003
Details
ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF), Australia Research Council.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2002
Details
Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Sydney (2002-2004).
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
1998
Details
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), Australia Research Council

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Characterization of Mechanical Behaviour of TiO2 Nanotube Thin Films
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP150101717
Start year
2015
Keywords
nanotube thin film; mechanical characterization; nanoindentation
Title
Development of Deformation-Failure-Mechanism Based Parameters for Design of Microstructured Optical Fibre and Photonics Assembly
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0559237
Start year
2005
Keywords
Microstructured Optical Fibre; Thermal Mechanical Behavior; Reliability; Photonics Assembly and Packaging; Moisture Assisted Failure; Adhesive Bonding
Title
A New Generation High Crash Energy Absorbing Barrier for Improved Road Safety
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200318
Start year
2010
Keywords
Road Safety Barrier; Crash Energy Absorption; Flexible; Polymeric Foams; Composites

Supervision

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)