Yufeng Zheng

Assistant Professor
Yufeng Zheng
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. 2019— Present
  • Research Associate, Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, The Ohio State University. 2014— July 2019
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, The Ohio State University. 2013— Jul. 2014
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2010
  • B.S., Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 2007
Professional memberships and service

Technical committee

  • Secretary, Titanium Committee, Structural Materials Division, TMS
  • Member, Phase Transformation Committee, Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division, TMS

Conference symposium organizer

  • TMS Annual Meeting 2020
    - Phase Transformations and Microstructural Evolution
    - Purveyors of Processing Science and ICME: A SMD Symposium to Honor the Many Contributions of Taylan Altan, Wei Tsu Wu, Soo-Ik Oh, and Lee Semiatin
  • TMS Annual Meeting 2019
    - Phase Transformations and Microstructural Evolution
  • MS&T Annual Meeting 2018
    - Composition-Processing-Microstructure-Property Relationships of Titanium Alloys
  • TMS Annual Meeting 2018
    - Phase Transformations and Microstructural Evolution
  • MS&T Annual Meeting 2017
    - Phase Transformations and Microstructural Evolution in Ti and Its Alloys

Journal guest editor

  • JOM
    - Composition-Processing-Microstructure-Property Relationships of Titanium Alloys

Journal referee

Serve as invited reviewer for more than 15 journals in the area of metallurgy, characterization and materials processing, including Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Materialia and Materials Research letter.


  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), 2011- present
  • Microscopy Society of America (MSA), 2014- present

Prospective graduate students

Prof. Yufeng Zheng’s research group is seeking motivated graduate and undergraduate students, who are interested in novel metallic materials design (titanium alloys, high entropy alloys and superalloys), additive manufacturing (LENS), advanced characterization (electron microscopy and atom probe tomography), phase transformation and deformation mechanisms in metals.

Prospective applicants should have a degree in materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry and related fields. Applicants with knowledge and experience in physical metallurgy of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, advanced manufacturing and microstructure characterization are highly encouraged to apply. Outstanding visiting scholars and students are also welcome. Please contact Prof. Yufeng Zheng at yufengz@unr.edu including an up-to-date CV and transcript.    

Learn more about our graduate programs 

Research interests

  • Processing-structure-property relationships in metals
  • Advanced electron microscopy
  • Additive manufacturing of metals
  • Novel alloys design
  • ICME & MGI
  • Solid-solid state phase transformation mechanisms

Courses Taught

  • MSE 415/615 Materials Characterization
  • MSE 495/695 Special Problems
  • MSE710 Electron Microscopy

Selected Publications

Published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

Citations: 1309 (Google Scholar, 05/2021), h-index: 19, i10-index: 25 (* as corresponding author; + student supervised)

  1. Rongpei Shi, Yipeng Gao, Dian Li+, Wenrui Zhao+, Yufeng Zheng*, Recent Advances in the Design of Novel β-Titanium Alloys using Computational Simulation and Advanced Characterization, Advanced Engineering Materials, DOI:1002/adem.202100152 (Invited Review)
  2. Xing Zhang, Dian Li+, Yiliang Liao, Yufeng Zheng*, Three-dimensional Characterization of Selective Laser Melted Graphene Oxide-Reinforced Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb Alloy, JOM (2021), DOI: 1007/s11837-021-04666-2
  3. Kaka Ma, Yufeng Zheng*, Sriswaroop Dasari, Dalong Zhang, Hamish L. Fraser, Rajarshi Banerjee, Precipitation in Nanostructured Metals: a Review, MRS Bulletin (2021), DOI:1557/s43577-021-00066-8
  4. Abhishek Sharma, Vishal Soni, Sriswaroop Dasari, Srinivas Mantri, Yufeng Zheng, Hamish L. Fraser, Rajarshi Banerjee, Fine Scale α Precipitation in Ti-19at%V in the Absence of Influence from ω Precipitates, Scripta Materialia, 196 (2021) 113766
  5. Stoichko Antonov, Rongpei Shi, Dian Li+, Zachary Kloenne, Yufeng Zheng*, Hamish L. Fraser, Dierk Raabe, Baptiste Gault, Nucleation and Growth of α Phase in a Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy: Influence from the Nano-scale, ordered-orthorhombic Oʺ Phase and α Compositional Evolution, Scripta Materialia, 194 (2021) 113672
  6. Pu Deng, Houshang Yin, Miao Song, Dian Li+, Yufeng Zheng, Barton C. Prorok, Xiaoyuan Lou, On the Thermal Stability of Dislocation Cellular Structures in Additively Manufactured Austenitic Stainless Steels: Roles of Heavy Element Segregation and Stacking Fault Energy, JOM, 72 (2020) 4232-4243
  7. Yipeng Gao, Yufeng Zheng*, Hamish L. Fraser, Yunzhi Wang, Intrinsic Coupling Between Twinning Plasticity and Transformation Plasticity in β Titanium Alloys: a Symmetry and Pathway Analysis, Acta Materialia, 196 (2020) 488-504
  8. Yipeng Gao, Jia-hong Ke, Bo Mao, Yiliang Liao, Yufeng Zheng, Larry K. Aagesen, Twinning Path Determined by Broken Symmetry: a Revisit to Deformation Twinning in Hexagonal Close-packed Titanium and Zirconium, Physical Review Materials, 4, 070601 (R) (2020)
  9. Duyao Zhang, Dong Qiu, Mark A. Gibson, Yufeng Zheng, Hamish L. Fraser, Arvind Prasad, David StJohn, Mark A. Easton, Refining Prior-β Grains of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy Through Yttrium Addition, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 841 (2020) 155733
  10. Stoichko Antonov, Yufeng Zheng, John M. Sosa, Hamish L. Fraser, Jonathan Cormier, Paraskevas Kontis, Baptiste Gault, Plasticity Assisted Redistribution of Solutes Leading to Topological Inversion during Creep of Superalloys, Scripta Materialia, 186 (2020) 287-292
  11. Song Lu, Stoichko Antonov, Longfei Li, Chengpeng Liu, Xiaona Zhang, Yufeng Zheng, Hamish L. Fraser, Qiang Feng, Atomic Structure and Segregation Behavior of Creep Defects in a Co-Al-W-based Single Crystal Superalloys under High Temperature and Low Stress, Acta Materialia, 190 (2020) 16-28.
  12. Xing Zhang, Bo Mao, Yiliang Liao, Yufeng Zheng*, Selective Laser Melting of Graphene Oxide-Reinforced Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb: Improved Manufacturability and Mechanical Strength, Journal of Materials Research, 35 (15), 1998-2005.
  13. Stoichko Antonov, Zachary Kloenne, Yipeng Gao, Dong Wang, Yunzhi Wang, Qiang Feng, Hamish L. Fraser, Yufeng Zheng*, Novel Deformation Twinning System in a Cold Rolled High-strength Metastable- β Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy, Materialia, 9 (2020) 100614.
  14. Srinivas Mantri, Talukder Alam, Yufeng Zheng, James Williams, Rajarshi Banerjee, Influence of Post Deposition Annealing on Microstructure and Properties of Laser Additive Manufactured Titanium Copper Alloys, Additive Manufacturing, 32 (2020) 101067.
  15. Qianglong Liang, Dong Wang, Yufeng Zheng*, Shuangshuang Shao, Yulin Hao, Rui Yang, Dipankar Banerjee, Hamish L. Fraser, Yunzhi Wang, Shuffle-nanodomain Regulated Strain Glass Transition in Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn Alloy, Acta Materialia, 186 (2020) 415-424.
  16. Abigail K. Ackerman, Vassili A. Vorontsov, Ioannis Bantounas,Yufeng Zheng, Yanhong Chang, Thomas McAuliffe, William A. Clark, Hamish L. Fraser, Baptiste Gault, David Rugg, David Dye, Interface Characteristics in an α+β Titanium Alloy, Physical Review Materials, 4, 013602 (2020).
  17. Vishal Soni, Bharat Gwalani, Talukder Alam, Sriswaroop Dasari, Yufeng Zheng, Oleg N. Senkov, Daniel Miracle, Rajarshi Banerjee, Phase Inversion in a Two-phase, BCC + B2, Refractory High Entropy Alloy, Acta Materialia, 185 (2020) 89-97.
  18. Vishal Soni, Oleg. N. Senkov, J-P. Couzinie, Yufeng Zheng, Bharat Gwalani, Rajarshi Banerjee, Phase Stability and Microstructure Evolution in a Ductile Refractory High Entropy Alloy, Materialia, 9 (2020) 100569.
  19. Qianglong Liang, Zachary Kloenne, Yufeng Zheng*, Dong Wang, Stoichko Antonov, Yipeng Gao, Yulin Hao, Rui Yang, Yunzhi Wang, Hamish L. Fraser, The Role of Nano-scaled Structural Non-uniformities on Deformation Twinning and Stress-induced Transformation in a Cold Rolled Multifunctional β-Titanium Alloy, Scripta Materialia, 177 (2020) 181-185.
  20. Yufeng Zheng*, Stoichko Antonov, Qiang Feng, Rajarshi Banerjee, Dipankar Banerjee, Hamish L. Fraser, Shuffle-induced Modulated Structure and Heating-induced Ordering in the Metastable β-Titanium Alloy, Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Scripta Materialia, 176 (2020) 7-11.
  21. Duyao Zhang, Dong Qiu, Mark A. Gibson, Yufeng Zheng, Hamish L. Fraser, David StJohn, Mark Easton, Additive Manufacturing of Ultrafine-grained High-strength Titanium Alloys, Nature, 576, 91-95 (2019).