The Zhao research group is part of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Our research theme is focused on mechanics and material chemistry using experimentation and multi-scale modeling approach. Research interests include:

  • Elements of mechanics such as deformation, stress, plasticity, fracture.
  • Elements of electrochemistry such as mass transport, charge transfer, interfacial reaction, and phase transformation.
  • In-situ experiments.
  • Multiscale modeling, first-principles, molecular dynamics, and finite element modeling.
  • Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, all-solid-state batteries.
  • Organic electrochromics, organic electrochemical transistors, superelastic organic semiconductors.

We are grateful for the sponsorship of College of Engineering at Purdue University, ASME, 3M, NSF, and ONR.

We are grateful for the sponsorship of College of Engineering at Purdue University, ASME, 3M, NSF, and ONR.

    Recent news (more...)

  • Our Collaborative work with Dr. Yijin Liu's group on thermal annealing of lattice defects in battery materials is accepted on Nature Communications. Congratulations to Xiaomei!
  • Dr. Zhao presented at the KLA Battery Symposium on operando measurement of mechanical properties of electrodes in batteries. Recording is here.
  • Our viewpoint article in collaboration with Prof. Lin at VT and Dr. Liu at SLAC on statistical nature of mechanical failure in batteries is accepted on ACS Energy Letters!
  • Dr. Zhao is elected a Fellow of ASME, Congratulations!
  • Xianyang successfully passed his PhD thesis defense, Congratulations Dr. Wu!
  • Rong's two papers are both among the most cited in JMPS since 2018, Congratulations to the team!
  • In collaboration with CIE, Dr. Zhao's work on Active Learning through Flipped Classroom in Mechanical Engineering has been accepted on International Journal of STEM Education, Congratulations! Read the story.
  • Xiaomei's paper on DFT modeling of grain boundaries and their impact on Li kinetics in NMC cathodes is accepted on JPCC. Congratulations to Xiaomei!
  • Hong's paper on molecular mechanisms of superelasticity and ferroelasticity in organic crystals is accepted on Chemistry of Materials without external reviews. After a long-time rebuttal with JACS, this work is finally appreciated. Congratulations to Hong!
  • Luize gave a great final defense on her thesis, Congratulations to Dr. Vasconcelos! Xiaokang successfully passed the prelim exam, Congratulations to Xiaokang!