Zhou Kun

Zhou Kun
Associate Professor
Tel: 6790 5499
Email: kzhou@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3-02c-82
  • PhD Nanyang Technological University 2006
  • MS (MechEng) Tsinghua University 2001
  • BS (MechEng) Tsinghua University 1998

Dr. Zhou is an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests focus on micro/nano mechanics of materials, contact mechanics and tribology, novel computational methods for modeling material behavior, additive manufacturing. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, USA from 2007 to 2010. He was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA in the summer of 2013.

He has published over 200 papers in refereed journals including Progress in Materials Science, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, JMPS, CMAME and IJNME. He serves as a founding Editor of Journal of Micromechanics and Molecular Physics, an Associate Editor of Mechanics Research Communications, and an Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Polymers, Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Materials Physics and Mechanics, and Scientific Reports. He also serves on the Elasticity Technical Committee of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

  • Interest:
    Micro/nano mechanics of materials; Contact mechanics and tribology; Modelling and design of sustainable materials; Additive manufacturing.
  • Projects:
    Wear life characterization and enhancement for rails and wheels performance
    Wear of rails and wheels influences the running performance and service life of rail vehicles greatly. This project aims: (i) to develop a theoretical mechanics model for predicting and analyzing wear of rails and wheels and validate the model through experimental wear testing; (ii) to develop surface treatment and coating technology to increase wear resistance; (iii) to optimize the wear performance of rails and wheels through surface treatment and coating technology based on the theoretical model and experimental test.
    Alignment of reinforcement fibres in powder bed
    This project aims to develop new composite powders, which offer the solution to align reinforcement fibres in the powder bed upon printing. The technique of alignment of reinforcement fibres can induce desired mechanical properties for the printed composite products. Therefore, the material and process development could be the potentially strategical solution for multi jet fusion (MJF) to extend its applications.
    Development of 3D printable polymer composites for automotive applications
    This project aims to develop 3D printable polymeric composites for fabricating auto parts with mechanical and functional properties equal or superior to those made by conventional plastic injection molding process.
    Investigation on the processing-microstructure-property correlation to establish qualification requirements for 3D printed metals for marine and offshore applications
    This project aims to study the processing-microstructure-property correlation of high-strength structural steel manufactured by the directed-energy-deposition technique and establish qualification philosophy and/or requirements for marine and offshore applications.

Research Staff and Students under supervision

Research Staff
Name Title Email
Chao Cai Research Fellow cai.chao@ntu.edu.sg
Zhu Wei Research Fellow zhu.wei@ntu.edu.sg
Chen Jiayao Research Fellow jiayao.chen@ntu.edu.sg

PhD Students
Name Project
Tey Wei Shian Mechanical properties of glass fibre-reinforced polymeric composites printed by multi-jet fusion process
Kiran Raj Rolling contact fatigue analysis for predicting crack initiation and propagation
Zheng Han Development of nanoporous materials for electrochemical seawater desalination applications

Selected Publications
  • W. Li, N.  Nguyen-Thanh*, J. Huang and K. Zhou*, Adaptive analysis of crack propagation in thin-shell structures via an isogeometric-meshfree moving least-squares approach. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. Vol. 262, pp. 112613-1–26. 2020
  • D. R. Kripalani, P. –P. Sun, P. Lin, M. Xue and K. Zhou*, Strain-driven superplasticity of ultrathin tin (II) oxide films and the modulation of their electronic properties: A first-principles study. Physical Review B. Vol. 100, pp. 214112-1–8. 2019.
  • W. Zhai and K. Zhou*, Nanomaterials in Superlubricity. Advanced Functional Materials. Vol. 29, pp. 1806395-1–19. 2019.
  • R. Li, S. Yuan, W. Zhang, H. Zheng, W. Zhu, B. Li, M. Zhou, A. W. -K. Law and K. Zhou*, 3D printing of mixed matrix films based on metal-organic frameworks and thermoplastic polyamide 12 by selective laser sintering for water applications. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Vol. 11, pp. 40564–40574. 2019.
  • Y. Wang, Y. J. Tang and K. Zhou*, Self-adjusting activity induced by intrinsic reaction intermediate in Fe-N-C single-atom catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol. 141, pp. 14115–14119. 2019.
  • P. –P. Sun, D. R. Kripalani, L. Bai and K. Zhou*, Prediction of the role of bismuth dopants in organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites on photoelectric properties and photovoltaic performance. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Vol. 123, pp. 12684–12693. 2019.
  • N. Nguyen-Thanh*, W. Li, J. Huang, N. Srikanth and K. Zhou*, An adaptive isogeometric analysis meshfree collocation method for elasticity and frictional contact problems. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. Vol. 120, pp. 209–230. 2019.
  • P. –P. Sun, L. Bai, D. R. Kripalani and K. Zhou*, A new carbon phase with direct bandgap and high carrier mobility as electron transport material for perovskite solar cells. npj Computational Materials. Vol. 9, pp. 1–7. 2019.
  • B. Liu and K. Zhou*, Recent progress on graphene-analogous 2D nanomaterials: properties, modeling and applications. Progress in Materials Science. Vol. 100, pp 99–169. 2018.
  • R. Li, W. Zhang and K. Zhou*, Metal organic framework-based catalysts for photoreduction of CO2. Advanced Materials. Vol. 452, pp 1705512-1–32. 2018.

  • Materials Engineering
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Materials Selection & Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Fundamental Engineering Materials
  • Effects of Cutting Parameters on Surface Roughness of Turned Parts