A/PROF Zhe Liu

A/PROF Zhe Liu


  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering for alloy design (Alloy thermodynamics and structures)
  • Nano-Ionics (energy storage and clean environment) (Ion transport in nano-channels)
  • Two-Dimensional active/actuation materials (energy conversion) (Phase transformation and deformation)



  • Dr Zhe Liu is the Associate Professor of Computational Materials Engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. He completed a BE and ME Degree in Solid Mechanics at Tsinghua University in China, and then a PhD Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in the US. A/Professor Zhe Liu's research expertise is computational materials physics. He focuses on employing/developing multi-scale computational methods to understand the structure-processing-property relationships of materials for rational design. His current research topics include alloys (metallic or semiconductor) and energy materials (conversion or storage). He has over 80 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, including over 20 papers in top journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PRL, JACS, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters.   


Member of

  • Materials Research Society. Member 2009 -
  • American Physical Society. Member 2006 -
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2018 - 2019: Zhe Liu, "The study of actuation effects in phosphorene and its analogous 2D materials", Joint Research Grant of Distinguished Oversea Young Scholars, NSFC 2016 - 2018: Yilun Liu and Zhe Liu, "Multiscale Studying the Mechanical and Electrical Behaviors of Graphene Aerogels", General Project, NSFC   


Education and training

  • Comp. Mat. Sci., Northwestern University 2006
  • Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University 2002

Awards and honors

  • National Natural Science Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, P. R. China, 2018
  • Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, P. R. China, 2008
  • National Distinguished Thesis Award, Ministry of Education, P. R. China, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research expertise is the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. I offer RHD projects in the following areas: (1) Computational materials design for metallic alloys (e.g., in 3D printing applications). (2) Two-dimensional smart nanomaterials for actuation applications. (3) Ion and Molecular transport in nanochannels for energy storage and clean environment applications.