Associate Professor School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Zhu Yuan, Associate Professor of Innovation Center for Key Scientific Instruments, Director of Engineering Center of advanced Cooling Technology and scientific instrument, Member of Specialized committee for thermophysical properties Chinese Society for Measurement. She once won the second prize of Shenzhen technical invention award. She mainly engages in the applied research of thermal interface materials, and is committed to low-dimensional materials anisotropic thermal conductivity measurement technology and low-cost large-scale micro-nano processing technology. She has published 51 SCI papers in internationally renowned journals, 27 of which are the first or corresponding authors, and more than 1000 times have been cited. More than 30 patents have been applied, 15 patents have been authorized, 6 of which have been used in commercial production.

Personal Profile

Education
Sept.1999, she was elected to the national science class directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (the second affiliated high school of Shanghai normal university).
Sept. 2002, she was exempted from the exam and enrolled in the materials science and engineering department of Tsinghua University
Jul.2006, she received her bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University
Jul.2011, she got her PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University

Professional Experience
Mar. 2017 – present, Research Associate Professor, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Southern University of Science and Technology
Jan. 2016 – Feb. 2017,Senior Research Associate , Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
Sept. 2014 – Oct. 2015, Visiting Scholar, Centre for Magnetic Recording Research, University of California, San Diego
Feb. 2012 – Feb. 2015,Assistant Professor, Department of Physics,Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Sept. 2011–Feb. 2012,Research Associate, Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
May 2009 – Feb. 2010,Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK

Honors
Member of the special expert group on thermal management of the 13th five-year national key research and development program of the Ministry of Science and Technology

Research

Dr. Zhu Yuan mainly engages in the applied research of thermal interface materials, and is committed to low-dimensional materials anisotropic thermal conductivity measurement technology and low-cost large-scale micro-nano processing technology.


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Dr. Zhu has 15 granted patents and 51 publications in Journals such as Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Optical Materials, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Scientific Reports, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Nanoscale, Applied Physics Letters and etc. with H-index 12 and over 700 citations. Dr. Zhu also values the real use of technologies. She has 15 granted patents and has commercialized 6 of them, products including thermal interface materials, heat spreaders and heat transfer/thermal properties analyzers are sold worldwide. Her main achievements and academic contribution include:

1. A mathematical method for accurate measuring in-plane thermal conductivity

A mathematical method for accurate measuring in-plane thermal conductivity of sheet/fibre materials (such as graphite, carbon fibber, etc) is developed. Using this method, thermal diffusivity, conductivity, capacity and be measured simultaneously. The theory part was published (sole author) in the top journal of heat transfer《International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer》. The reviewer commented ‘it is valuable work especially in theory.’

2. Technology for simultaneous measurement of thermal diffusivity, conductivity and capacity based on theory above

Based on theory above, a set of practical measuring technology is developed while the heat-loss was well quantified to improve the measuring accuracy. By co-working with Taiwan Longwin Co. (Top 1 supplier of Thermal Solution Scientific Instrumentation worldwide), this technology was commercialized successfully and has been sold over 30 worldwide.

3. Graphene-based energy storable heat spreader

By compositing Graphene/ CNT/Graphite nanosheet with phase change materials, a new material with high thermal conductivity (>50 W/m-K in-plane) and high latent heat (150 J/g) is invented. It is commercialized successfully and is now widely used in Huawei phone, ZTE phone and miPhone. This is the first large scale application of alike materials.

4. High thermal conductivity and high thermal stability thermal interface materials

The thermal stability of thermal grease developed is beyond the Dow Corning (USA) and Shin Etsu (Japan) similar products and applied to PC in Dell, HP and other well-known manufacturers.

5. Cleanroom-free, large area, sub-5 nm patterning technique.

A new nano-fabrication method is developed to produce various nano-structures on substrates in large area and outside cleanroom. The key concept to this technology is two overlaid porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes used as shadow mask for metal deposition. The sub-5nm features of the patterns can be accurately controlled by the pore and wall size of each AAO membranes, as well as the separation between membranes to substrate. The minimum gap fabricated can achieve 1 nm. It is promising in large-scale production since it is cleanroom-free, low-cost and capable of high quality and complex patterns.

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