Dr. Yilu Zhao

Former Visiting Young Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong

Visiting Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong

Associate Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzhen, China

National Outstanding Young Scientist, HIT, China

(Period of Visit: August 2021 – September 2021)

Dr. Yilu Zhao

Contact Information

Email: zhaoyilu@hit.edu.cn
Dr. Yilu Zhao obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Science at the City University of Hong Kong. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Shenzhen since 2020.

Currently, Dr. Zhao’s research is working on the structures and properties of both ordered and disordered intermetallic material.

She has published 33 papers in various prestigious journals, including Science, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Materials Research Letters, Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

Work Experience

  1. Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China (2020/12- present)
  2. Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Advanced Nuclear Safety and Sustainable Development, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2018/11 – 2020/12)
  3. Senior Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2018/9 – 2018/11)

Research Interests

  • High entropy alloys
  • Multicomponent Intermetallic
  • Deformation mechanisms
  • Advanced nuclear materials and radiation damage
  • Transmission electron microscope and atom probe tomography analysis

Selected Publications

  1. T. Yang*, Y.L. Zhao*, W.P. Li, C.Y. Yu, J.H. Luan, D.Y. Lin, L. Fan, Z.B. Jiao, W.H. Liu, X.J. Liu, J.J. Kai, J.C. Huang, C.T. Liu. Ultrahigh-strength and ductile superlattice alloys with nanoscale disordered interfaces. Science, 369 (2020) 427-432. (*Co-first author)
  2. T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, Y. Tong, Z.B. Jiao, J. Wei, J.X. Cai, X.D. Han, D. Chen, A. Hu, J.J. Kai, K. Lu, Y. Liu, C.T. Liu. Multicomponent intermetallic nanoparticles and superb mechanical behaviors of complex alloys. Science362 (2018), 933-937.
  3. Y.L. Zhao, T. Yang, Y.R. Li, L. Fan, B. Han, Z.B. Jiao, D.Chen, C.T. Liu, J.J. Kai. Superior high-temperature properties and deformation-induced planar faults in a novel L12-strengthened high-entropy alloy. Acta Materialia, 188 (2020), 517-527.
  4. T. Yang*, Y.L. Zhao*, B.X. Cao, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu. Towards superior mechanical properties of hetero-structured high-entropy alloys via engineering multicomponent intermetallic nanoparticles. Scripta Materialia, 183 (2020) 39–44. (*Co-first author)
  5. S.F. Liu, W.T. Lin, Y.L. Zhao*, D. Chen, G.M. Yeli, F. He, S.J. Zhao, J.J. Kai*. Effect of silicon addition on the microstructures, mechanical properties and helium irradiation resistance of NiCoCr-based medium-entropy alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 844 (2020) 1561622. (Corresponding author)
  6. Z.Y. Jin, J. Lyu, Y.L. Zhao*, H.L. Li, X. Lin, G.Q. Xie, X.J. Liu, J.J. Kai, H.J. Qiu, Rugged High-Entropy Alloy Nanowires with in Situ Formed Surface Spinel Oxide As Highly Stable Electrocatalyst in Zn–Air Batteries, ACS Materials Letter, 2 (2020) 1698-1706. (*Co-first author)
  7. Y.L. Zhao, T. Yang, B. Han, J.H. Luan, D. Chen, W. Kai, C.T. Liu, J.J. Kai, Exceptional nanostructure stability and its origins in the CoCrNi-based precipitation-strengthened medium-entropy alloy. Materials Research Letters. 7 (2019) 152–158.
  8. Y.L. Zhao, T. Yang, J.H. Zhu, D. Chen, Y. Yang, A. Hu, C.T. Liu, J.-J. Kai. Development of high-strength Co-free high-entropy alloys hardened by nanosized precipitates. Scripta Materialia, 148 (2018) 51–55.
  9. Y.L. Zhao, T. Yang, Y. Tong, J. Wang, J.H. Luan, Z.B. Jiao, D. Chen, Y. Yang, A. Hu, C.T. Liu, J.-J. Kai, Heterogeneous precipitation behavior and stacking-fault-mediated deformation in a CoCrNi-based medium-entropy alloy. Acta Materialia, 138 (2017) 72-82.
  10. Z. Jia, T. Yang, L.G. Sun, Y.L. Zhao, W.P. Li, J.H. Luan, F.C. Lyu, L.C. Zhang, J.J. Kruzic, J.J. Kai, J.C. Huang, J. Lu, C.T. Liu, A Novel Multinary Intermetallic as an Active Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution. Advanced Materials, 32 (2020) 2000385.
  11. L. Fan, T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, J.H. Luan, G. Zhou, H. Wang, Z.B. Jiao, C.T. Liu, Ultrahigh strength and ductility in newly developed materials with coherent nanolamellar architectures. Nature Communication, 6240 (2020).
  12. T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, L. Fan, J. Wei, J.H. Luan, W.H. Liu, C. Wang, Z.B. Jiao, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu, Control of nanoscale precipitation and elimination of intermediate-temperature embrittlement in multicomponent high-entropy alloys. Acta Materialia, 189 (2020) 47-59.
  13. C. Wang, K.F. Lin, Y.L. Zhao, T. Yang, T.L. Zhang, W.H. Liu, C.H. Hsueh, H.C. Lin, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu. Martensitic transformation and mechanical behavior of a medium-entropy alloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 786 (2020) 139371.
  14. Z. Wang, C. Wang, Y.L. Zhao, Y.C. Hsu, C.L. Li, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu, C.H. Hsueh, High hardness and fatigue resistance of CoCrFeMnNi high entropy alloy films with ultrahigh-density nanotwins. International Journal of Plasticity, 131 (2020) 102726.
  15. S.F. Liu, D. Chen, S.J. Zhao, W.T. Lin, F.L. Meng, Y.L. Zhao, Y.L. Guma, F. He, Y.R. Li, H. Niu, J.J. Kai, Temperature-dependent helium induced microstructural evolution in equiatomic NiCo and NiFe concentrated solid solution alloys. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 545 (2020), 152715.
  16. G.M. Yeli, D. Chen, K. Yabuuchi, Akihiko Kimura, S.F. Liu, W.T. Lin, Y.L. Zhao, S.J. Zhao, J. J. Kai. The stability of γ′ precipitates in a multi-component FeCoNiCrTi0.2 alloy under elevated-temperature irradiation. Journal of Nuclear Materials. 540 (2020) 152364.
  17. W.H. Liu, Yang Tong, S.W. Chen, W.W. Xu, H. H. Wu, Y. L. Zhao, T. Yang, X. L. Wang, X. J. Liu, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu, Unveiling the Electronic Origin for Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions in High-Entropy Alloys. Matter, 2 (2020) 751-763.
  18. T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, J.H. Luan, B. Han, J. Wei, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu. Nanoparticles-strengthened high-entropy alloys for cryogenic applications showing an exceptional strength-ductility synergy. Scripta Materialia. 164 (2019) 30-35.
  19. T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, W.H. Liu, J. H. Zhu, J.J. Kai, C. T. Liu. Ductilizing brittle high-entropy alloys via tailoring valence electron concentrations of precipitates by controlled elemental partitioning. Materials Research Letters. 6 (2018) 600–606.
  20. T. Yang, Y.L. Zhao, W.H. Liu, J.J. Kai, C.T. Liu. L12-strengthened high-entropy alloys for advanced structural applications. Journal of materials research. 2018.
  21. Y. Tong, D. Chen, B. Han, J. Wang, R. Feng, T. Yang, C. Zhao, Y.L. Zhao. W. Guo, Y. Shimizu, C.T. Liu, P.K. Liaw, K. Inoue, Y. Nagai, A. Hu, J.J. Kai. Outstanding tensile properties of a precipitation-strengthened FeCoNiCrTi0.2 high-entropy alloy at room and cryogenic temperatures. Acta Materialia, 165 (2019) 228-240.
  22. D. Chen, S.J. Zhao, J.R. Sun, P.F. Tai, Y.B. Sheng, Y.L. Zhao, G.M. Yeli, W.T. Lin, S.F. Liu. W. Kai J.J. Kai. Diffusion controlled helium bubble formation resistance of FeCoNiCr high-entropy alloy in the half-melting temperature regime. Journal of Nuclear Materials. (2019) 151747.
  23. D. Chen, F. He, B. Han, Q.F. Wu, Y. Tong, Y.L. Zhao, Z.J. Wang, J.C. Wang, J.J. Kai. Synergistic effect of Ti and Al on L12-phase design in CoCrFeNi-based high entropy alloys. Intermetallics, 110 (2019) 106476.
  24. W.T. Lin, S.F. Liu, D. Chen, C.Q. Dang, H. Niu, Y.L. Zhao, B. Han. Y. Lu, J.J. Kai. Interaction between recrystallization and helium behavior in cold-rolled nickel. Materials Letters. 250 (2019) 68-71.
  25. D. Chen, Y. Tong, J. Wang, B. Han, Y.L. Zhao, F. He, J.J. Kai. Microstructural response of He+ irradiated FeCoNiCrTi0.2 high-entropy alloy. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 510 (2018) 187-192.
  26. B. Han, J. Wei, Y. Tong, D. Chen, Y.L. Zhao, J. Wang, F. He, T. Yang, C. Zhao, Y. Shimizu, K. Inoue, Y. Nagai, A. Hu, C.T. Liu, J.-J Kai. Composition evolution of gamma prime nanoparticles in the Ti-doped CoFeCrNi high entropy alloy. Scripta Materialia, 148 (2018) 42-46.
  27. D. Chen, Y. Tong, H. Li, J. Wang, Y.L. Zhao, A. Hu, J.J. Kai. Helium accumulation and bubble formation in FeCoNiCr alloy under high fluence He+ implantation. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 501 (2018) 42-46.
  28. Y.F. Ye, Q. Wang, Y.L. Zhao, Q.F. He, J. Lu, Y. Yang. Elemental segregation in solid-solution high-entropy alloys: Experiments and modeling. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 681 (2016) 167-174.
  29. B.A. Sun, S.H. Chen, Y.M. Lu, Z.G. Zhu, Y.L. Zhao, Y. Yang, K.C. Chan, C.T. Liu. Origin of Shear Stability and Compressive Ductility Enhancement of Metallic Glasses by Metal Coating. Scientific Reports. 6 (2016) 1-12.
  30. X.J. Liu, Y.L. Zhao, Y. Lu, W.W. Xu, J.P. Jia, C.P. Wang. Steady-state dynamical phase diagram calculation of U–Nb binary system under irradiation: Ballistic effect. Journal of Nuclear Materials. 451 (2014) 366-371.