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 paper on asynchronous-to-synchronous transition of Li reactions in solid-solution cathodes is accepted in Nano Letters! Congratulations to Nikhil and Luize for their hard work and dedication on this work!
  • Our review on chemomechanics of rechargeable batteries is accepted in Chemical Reviews! Congratulations to Luize, Rong, and every group member!
  • Sameep's paper on computational modeling of high-capacity composite electrodes is accepted in Journal of Applied Mechanics without revision! Congratulations to Sameep!
  • Xiaokang's paper on doping kinetics of organic mixed ionic and electronic conductors is accepted in EML, congratulations to Xiaokang!
  • Xiaokang receives the very competitive Outstanding Research Award from the College of Engineering. Congratulations to Xiaokang! Nikhil gave a nice presentation and passed the prelim examination. Congratulations to Nikhil!
  • Our Collaborative work with Dr. Yijin Liu and Prof. Feng Lin on Dynamics of particle network in battery electrodes is accepted on Science! Congratulations to Nikhil! Read the perspective by Dr. Xiao.
  • 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!
  • 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.