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Dr. Qiaofu Zhang

Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, the Ohio State University, 2017
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, the Ohio State University, 2012
  • B.S. Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 2010

Dr. Qiaofu Zhang joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MTE) at The University of Alabama as an assistant professor in August 2023. He had his PhD from the Ohio State University in 2017, with research on thermodynamics, kinetics and precipitation modeling and high throughput experiments. Shortly after that, Dr. Zhang joined QuesTek Innovations LLC, a small business located at Evanston, IL, but also a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and ICME-based materials design. He was a materials design engineering and later a senior materials design engineer at QuesTek Innovations LLC before joining the University of Alabama. He was selected as a fellow of Scialog: Sustainable Minerals, Metals, and Materials (SM3) 2024-2026.

Research topics in Zhang’s Research Lab includes:

  1. ICME modeling to link materials’ process-structure-property relations using Calphad-based microstructural models and physical-based property models;
  2. Developing new materials using ICME-based materials design approach;
  3. Advanced manufacturing;
  4. High-throughput methods for materials informatics.

Materials of interests varies from Ni-based superalloys, Al-alloys, Cu-alloys, Steels, and ceramic-metal composites, with specific engineering applications in industry.

Affiliated Areas
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Sureka Yadav, Qiaofu Zhang, Amit Behera, Ravi S Haridas, Priyanshi Agrawal, Jiadong Gong, Rajiv S. Mishra, “Role of Binder Phase on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Mechanically Alloyed and Spark Plasma Sintered WC-FCC HEA Composites”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 877(2021), 160265.
  • Wei Zhong, Qiaofu Zhang, Ji-Cheng Zhao. “A Simple Yet General Model of Binary Diffusion Coefficients Emerged from a Comprehensive Assessment of 18 Binary Systems.” Acta Materialia 215 (2021), 117077.
  • Zhangqi Chen, Qiaofu Zhang, and Ji-Cheng Zhao “pydiffusion: A Python library for diffusion simulation and data analysis”, Journal of Open Research Software, 7(1)(2019) 13.
  • Qiaofu Zhang, Surendar K Makineni, John Allison and Ji-Cheng Zhao, “Effective Evaluation of Interfacial Energy by Matching Precipitate Sizes Measured Along a Composition Gradient with Kampmann-Wagner Numerical (KWN) Modeling”. Scripta Materialia 160(2019) 70-74.
  • Qiaofu Zhang and Ji-Cheng Zhao. “Extracting interdiffusion coefficients from binary diffusion couples using traditional methods and a forward-simulation method.” Intermetallics, 34 (2013) 132-141.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of Scialog: Sustainable Minerals, Metals, and Materials (SM3) 2024-2026.
  • 1st Awardee in Challenge 3: Macro-scale Structure-to-Properties Predictions, Additive Manufacturing Modeling Challenge Series by America Makes and Air Force Research Laboratory (2020).
  • 1st Place in Macroscale Tensile Tests at Different Orientations (CHAL-AMB2022-04-MaTTO ), “Best modeling results predicting Macroscale tensile behavior of as-built IN625 specimens at different orientations”, Additive Manufacturing Benchmarks 2022 by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (2022).

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