Personal details

Name
Professor Cheng Yan
Position(s)
Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanoscience
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: Advanced materials, mechanical characterization and modeling and advanced manufacturing

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

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

  • Metals and alloys materials:

Research focus: processing and structure-property relationship in steels, light alloys, metallic thin films; hydrogen storage alloys and bulk metallic glasses.

  • Composites and advanced materials interface:

Research focus: use of various particles and fibers to make polymer composites with tailored mechanical, electrical and thermal properties; development of bio-inspired composites; characterization of material interfaces at nanoscales, e.g. nano carbon/polymer interface, protein-mineral interface in biological materials, etc.

  • Energy storage materials:

Research focus: electrode materials for Li-ion batteries; mechanical behaviour and reliability of batteries.

  • Solid Mechanics, mechanical characterization and numerical modeling:

Research focus: fatigue and fracture mechanics; mechanical behaviour of a broad range of materials and structures (micro and nano scaled materials, porous and amorphous materials); materials modeling using finite element analysis, molecular dynamics and density function theory.

  • Advanced Manufacturing:

Research focus: additive manufacturing of polymer and metal structures for applications in biomedical engineering; structure-property relationship in 3D printed structures; welding and adhesive technology; reliability of microelctronic and photonic packages.

Grants Prof. Yan has received A$8 million research funds, including 16 grants from Australian Research Council (ARC). Selected Grants from ARC

  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP180102003), 2018-2020 (A$412,993, 1st CI) Characterization of mechanical behavior of lithiated silicon
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP180101955), 2018-2020 (A$408,011, CI) Bio-inspired design to overcome strength-toughness trade-off composites
  • ARC Discovery-Project (DP150101717), 2015-2017 (A$295,900, 1st CI) Characterization of mechanical behavior of TiO2 nanotube thin films
  • ARC Discovery-Project (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 (LE180100090), 2018 (A$1,136,244, CI) Xe-plasma dual beam for advanced future materials
  • ARC LIEF (LE130100036), 2013 (A$310,000, CI) Super high speed grinding facility for difficult-to-machine materials and structure
  • 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:

  • Tohoku University, Japan
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Dalian University of Technology, China
  • National University of Singapore
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Chongqing University, China
  • Tongji University, 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
  • Symposia-chair, Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites (PS6), 19th International Microscopy Congress, Sep, 2018, Sydney, Australia
  • 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), 2013, Taiyuan, 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
2014
Details
Chair, composites symposium, Materials & Austcream 2014, Sydney, Australia
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2008
Details
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 Behavior of Lithiated Silicon
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180102003
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Bio-inspired Design to Overcome Strength-toughness Trade-off of Composites
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180101955
Start year
2018
Keywords
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

Supervision

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)