Yufeng Zheng

Assistant Professor and Director of the Electron Microscopy Core Share Facility
Yufeng Zheng

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.    

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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 417/617 Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • MSE 420/620 Ferrous and Non-ferrous Alloys
  • MSE 460/703 Physical Metallurgy
  • MSE 710 Electron Microscopy

Selected Publications

Published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. 
Citations: 2001 (Google Scholar, 05/2022), h-index: 24, i10-index: 33 (* as corresponding author; + student supervised)

  1. Al Amin, Dian Li+, Xiaomeng Duan, N. Vijayaraghavan, Harigovind G. Menon, Jacob Wall, Mark Weaver, Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng, Yufeng Zheng, Lin Li, Feng Yan, Enhanced Efficiency and Stability in Sb2S3 Seed Layer Buffered Sb2Se3 Solar Cells, Advanced Materials Interfaces, (2022), DOI: 10.1002/admi.202200547
  1. Qianglong Liang, Shuangshuang Zhao, Chuanxin Liang, Tengfei Zhao, Dong Wang, Xiangdong Ding, Shilei Li, Yandong Wang, Yufeng Zheng, Xiaobing Ren, Michael Mills, Yunzhi Wang, Strain States and Unique Properties in Cold-Rolled TiNi Shape Memory Alloys, Acta Materialia, 231 (2022) 117890, DOI: 1016/j.actamat.2022.117890
  1. Shuangshuang Zhao, Qianglong Liang, Dong Wang, Yuanchao Ji, Yu Wang, Yufeng Zheng*, Xiangdong Ding, Michael Mills, Xiaobing Ren, Yunzhi Wang, Quasi-linear Superelasticity with Ultralow Modulus in Tensile Cyclic Deformed NiTi Strain Glass, Advanced Engineering Materials, (2022):2200239. DOI: 1002/adem.202200239
  1. Rongpei Shi, Dian Li+, Stoichko Antonov, Xingjun Liu, Yufeng Zheng*, Origin of Morphological Variation of Grain Boundary Precipitates in Titanium Alloys, Scripta Materialia, 214 (2022) 114651, DOI: 1016/j.scriptamat.2022.114651
  1. Yufeng Zheng, Rajarshi Banerjee, Yunzhi Wang, Hamish L. Fraser, Dipankar Banerjee, Pathways to Titanium Martensite, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, (2022), DOI: 1007/s12666-022-02559-9
  1. Al Amin, Liping Guo, S.N. Vijayaraghavan, Dian Li+, Xiaomeng Duan, Harigovind G. Menon, Jacob Wall, Subhadra Gupta, Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng, Yufeng Zheng, Lin Li, Feng Yan, Solution-Processed Vanadium Oxides as a Hole-Transport Layer for Sb2Se3 Thin-Film Solar Cells, Solar Energy, 231 (2022) 1-7, DOI: 1016/j.solener.2021.11.009
  1. Prithiv T. Sukumar, Zachary Kloenne, Dian Li+, Rongpei Shi, Yufeng Zheng, Hamish L. Fraser, Baptiste Gault, Stoichko Antonov, Grain Boundary Segregation and Its Implications regarding the Formation of the Grain Boundary α Phase in the Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy, Scripta Materialia, 207 (2022) 114320, DOI: 1016/j.scriptamat.2021.114320
  1. Yalong Wang, Mengyuan Hao, Dian Li+, Pei Li, Qianglong Liang, Dong Wang, Yufeng Zheng*, Qiaoyan Sun, Yunzhi Wang, Enhanced Mechanical Properties of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr-1Zr by Bimodal Lamellar Precipitate Microstructures via Two-step Aging, Materials Science & Engineering: A, 829 (2022) 142117, DOI:1016/j.msea.2021.142117
  1. N. Vijayaraghavan, Jacob Wall, Harigovind G. Menon, Xiaomeng Duan, Liping Guo, Al Amin, Xiao Han, Linyan Kong, Yufeng Zheng, Lin Li, Feng Yan, Interfacial Engineering with NiOx Nanofibers as Hole Transport Layer for Carbon-based Perovskite Solar Cells, Solar Energy, 230 (2021) 591-597, DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2021.10.039
  1. Dian Li+, Xing Zhang, Wenrui Zhao+, Darlene Merrill+, Noah Myer+, Stoichko Antonov, Yiliang Liao, Yufeng Zheng*, The Role of High-Index Twinning on Hierarchical α Microstructure in Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy, JOM 73 (2021) 2303-2311, DOI: 1007/s11837-021-04757-0
  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)
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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)
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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).