Di Zhang, Ph.D.


Di Zhang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering di.zhang@valpo.edu 219.464.6371 Gellersen Hall, Room 129B


B.S.- East China University of Science and Technology
M.S.- Lamar University
Ph.D.- Villanova University

Courses Taught
  • Ethical Decisions in Engineering
  • Financial Decisions in Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Measurements Laboratory
  • Mechanics of Materials
Research Interests
  • Advanced Nanocomposites
  • Energy Storage Materials with Nanostructures
  • Nanomaterial synthesis and processing
  • Nanomechanical characterization
Professional Affiliations
  • Materials Research Society
  • Sigma Xi
Selected Publications
  • D. Zhang, L. Zhang, D. Lee, X. Cheng and G. Feng. “Reinforcing Nanocolloidal Crystals by Tuning Interparticle Bonding via Atomic Layer Deposition.” Acta Materialia, 2015(95): 216-223.
  • D. Zhang, L. Zhang, D. Lee, X. Cheng and G. Feng. “Suppressing Unstable deformation of nanocolloidal crystals with atomic layer deposition.” Materials Science and Engineering A, 2015(639):514-518.
  • D. Zhang, Y. Huang, Y. Xu, D. Lee, and G. Feng. “Comparing Sintering and Atomic Layer Deposition as Methods to Mechanically Reinforce Nanocolloidal Crystals.” Journal of Materials Research, 2015(30):3717-3727.