• ZHANG Guang-Ping
    Title:Professor Email: gpzhang@imr.ac.cn
    Tel. : +86-24-23971938 FAX: +86-24-23971938
    Division: Materials Fatigue and Fracture Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science
    Address: Materials Fatigue and Fracture Division, Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS), 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang, China, 110016


Educational career

1984.09-1988.07: Bachelor Degree, Major: Metallic Materials and Heat Treatment, Shenyang University of Technology

1991.09-1994.06: Masters Degree, Major: Materials Physics, Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), Thesis: Short Crack Growth Behavior and Fatigue Damage of X56 Steels Under Spectrum Loading

1994.07-1997.06: Doctor Degree, Major: Materials Physics, IMR, CAS, Thesis: Fatigue Cracking and Cyclic Deformation Behaviors of Ni3Al Single Crystals

Academic career

1988.08-1991.08: Engineer, Shenyang Iron and Steel Institute

1997.07-1999.08: Assistant professor, Associate professor, IMR, CAS

1999.09-2001.08: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

2001.09-2001.12: Associate professor, Institute of Metal Research, CAS, 2002.01-2003.10: Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany

2003.11-now: Professor and Group Leader in Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, IMR, CAS

Research Interest:

Mechanical behavior and reliability of micro/nano-scale materials

Stability of surfaces and interfaces of small-scale materials

Design and development of layer-structured materials

Fatigue and fracture of advanced engineering materials

Research Achievement:

For mechanical properties of thin metallic films and multilayers, recent investigations of fatigue behaviour of metal films reveal a clear length-scale-controlled fatigue mechanism of metal films, and a map of fatigue mechanism associated with length scales was proposed firstly. Systematic investigations of strengthening ability, plastic deformation stability and fracture behavior of nanoscale metallic multilayers show the scale and interface dependent mechanical behaviors. The unified model for interface strengthening ability and the fundamental mechanisms for understanding plastic deformation instability of the metallic nanolayers were proposed. Professor Zhang has published about 90 technical papers, and obtained five patents of invention. The systematic research work has been presented as invited talks on the international conferences and workshops including Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior (July 27-August 1, 2008, Colby College, Waterville, ME, USA).

Service to the International Professional Societies:

A Member of EuroSIME Technical Committees. A Member of Fatigue and Fracture Committee, Chinese Society of Materials Research.


1997 CAS President Award for Excellent Ph.D. Thesis

1997 IMR President Prize for Excellent Ph.D. Student

2004 “One Hundred Talent Program” awarded by CAS


[1] H.S. Liu, B. Zhang, G. P. Zhang, Enhanced toughness and fatigue properties of cold roll-bonded Cu/Cu laminated composites with mechanical contrast, Scripta Mater. 65 (2011) pp. 891-894.

[2] M. Wang, B. Zhang, G.P. Zhang, C.S. Liu, Scaling of reliability of gold interconnect lines subjected to alternating current, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99 (2011) 011910.

[3] Y. P. Li, G. P. Zhang, On plasticity and fracture of nanostructured Cu/X (X = Au, Cr) multilayers: The effects of length scale and interface/boundary. Acta Mater. 58 (2010) pp. 3877-3887.

[4] X. F. Zhu, Y. P. Li, G. P. Zhang, J. Tan, Y. Liu, Understanding nanoscale damage at a crack tip of multilayered metallic composites. Appl. Phys. Lett. 92 (2008) pp.161905-1~161905-3.

[5] Y. P. Li, G. P. Zhang, J. Tan and B. Wu, Direct observation of dislocation plasticity in 100 nm scale Au/Cu multilayers. Appl. Phys. Lett. 91 (2007) pp.061912-1-061912-3.