Faculty Profile

Yufeng Zheng

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering



PhD, Ohio State University, 2013.
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Dissertation Title: Nucleation Mechanisms of Refined Alpha Microstructure in Beta Titanium Alloys
MS, Ohio State University, 2010.
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Current Scheduled Teaching*

MTSE 6940.229, Individual Research, Fall 2024
MTSE 6600.001, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Fall 2024
MTSE 6605.001, Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Fall 2024

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

MTSE 6950.124, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2024
MTSE 6940.238, Individual Research, Spring 2024
MTSE 6940.239, Individual Research, Spring 2024
MTSE 5620.001, Scanning Electron and Ion Microscopy, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
MTSE 5620.601, Scanning Electron and Ion Microscopy, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
MTSE 5625.001, Scanning Electron and Ion Microscopy Laboratory, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
MTSE 6940.229, Individual Research, Fall 2023
MTSE 6940.230, Individual Research, Fall 2023

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Hao, M., Wang, D., Wang, Y., Zhang, T., Li, P., Guo, Y., Sun, Q., Zheng, Y., Wang, Y. (2024). Heterogeneous Precipitate Microstructure Design in β-Ti Alloys by Regulating the Cooling Rate. Acta Materialia. 269, 119810.
Luo, K., Han, X., Cappola, J., Li, D., Zheng, Y., Li, L., Yan, F., An, Q. (2024). Hyper-Elastic Deformation via Martensitic Phase Transformation in CdTe. Advanced Engineering Materials. 2302076.
Prithiv, T., Kloenne, Z., Das, S. M., Zheng, Y., Raabe, D., Fraser, H. L., Gault, B., Antonov, S. (2024). Mechanism of Grain Boundary α Precipitation in the Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr. Acta Materialia. 272, 119955.
Su, Y., Liang, C., Sun, X., Zhang, H., Liang, Q., Zheng, Y., Hao, Y., Yang, R., Wang, D., Banerjee, D., Wang, Y. (2023). Composition-dependent Shuffle-shear Coupling and Shuffle-regulated Strain Glass Transition in Compositionally Modulated in Ti-Nb Alloys. Acta Materialia. 246, 118697.
Han, X., Li, D., Zhou, J., Zheng, Y., Kong, L., Li, L., Yan, F. (2023). Electrospun Single-Phase Spinel Magnetic High Entropy Oxide Nanoparticles via Low-Temperature Ambient Annealing. 5, 3075-3083. Nanoscale Advances.
Mantri, S., Dasari, S., Sharma, A., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Banerjee, R. (2023). Role of Aluminum rejection from isothermal $\omega$ precipitates on the formation of $\alpha$ precipitates in the metastable $\beta$-titanium alloy Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al. Scripta Materialia. 234, 115565. Pergamon.
Mantri, S., Dasari, A., Sharma, A., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Banerjee, R. (2023). Role of Aluminum Rejection from Isothermal ω Precipitates on the Formation of α Precipitates in the Metastable β -Titanium Alloy Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al. Scripta Materialia. 234, 115565.
Chen, G., Li, D., Zheng, Y., Qi, L. (2023). Stability and Growth Kinetics of {112} Twin Embryos in β-Ti Alloys. Acta Materialia. 263, 119520.
Pan, Q., Kapoor, M., Mileski, S., Li, D., Yang, J., Zheng, Y., Carsley, J., Lou, X. (2023). Phase Transformation and Microstructure Evolution in Al-Mn-Fe-Si 3104 Aluminum Alloy Made by Laser Directed Energy Deposition. Additive Manufacturing. 77, 103979.
Amin, A., Li, D., Duan, X., Vijayaraghavan, S., Menon, H., Wall, J., Weaver, M., Cheng, M., Zheng, Y., Li, L., Yan, F. (2022). Enhanced Efficiency and Stability in Sb2S3 Seed Layer Buffered Sb2Se3 Solar Cells. Advanced Materials Interfaces. 9, 2200547.
Wang, Y., Hao, M., Li, D., Li, P., Liang, Q., Wang, D., Zheng, Y., Sun, Q., Wang, Y. (2022). Enhanced Mechanical Properties of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr-1Zr by Bimodal Lamellar Precipitate Microstructures via Two-step Aging. Materials Science & Engineering: A. 829, 142117.
Sukumar, P., Kloenne, Z., Li, D., Shi, R., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Gault, B., Antonov, S. (2022). Grain Boundary Segregation and Its Implications regarding the Formation of the Grain Boundary α Phase in the Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy. Scripta Materialia. 207, 114320.
Zhang, X., Li, D., Zheng, Y., Shojae, P., Trabia, M., O'Toole, B., Lin, D., Mushongera, L., Liao, Y. (2022). In-situ Synthesis of Ti5Si3-Reinforced Titanium Matrix Nanocomposite by Selective Laser Melting: Quasi-continuous Reinforcement Network and Enhanced Mechanical Performance. Journal of Materials Processing Technology. 309, 117752.
Shi, R., Li, D., Antonov, S., Liu, X., Zheng, Y. (2022). Origin of Morphological Variation of Grain Boundary Precipitates in Titanium Alloys. Scripta Materialia. 214, 114651.
Zheng, Y., Banerjee, R., Wang, Y., Fraser, H. L., Banerjee, D. (2022). Pathways to Titanium Martensite. Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals. 75, 1051-1068.
Zhao, S., Liang, Q., Wang, D., Ji, Y., Wang, Y., Zheng, Y., Ding, X., Mills, M., Ren, X., Wang, Y. (2022). Quasi-linear Superelasticity with Ultralow Modulus in Tensile Cyclic Deformed NiTi Strain Glass. Advanced Engineering Materials. 2200239.
Amin, A., Guo, L., Vijayaraghavan, S., Li, D., Duan, X., Menon, H., Wall, J., Gupta, S., Cheng, M. M., Zheng, Y., Li, L., Yan, F. (2022). Solution-Processed Vanadium Oxides as a Hole-Transport Layer for Sb2Se3 Thin-Film Solar Cells. Solar Energy. 231, 1-7.
Liang, Q., Zhao, S., Wang, D., Ji, Y., Wang, Y., Zheng, Y., Ren, X., Mills, M., Wang, Y. (2022). Strain States and Unique Properties in Cold-Rolled TiNi Shape Memory Alloys. Acta Materialia. 231, 117890.
Sharma, A., Soni, V., Dasari, S., Mantri, S., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Banerjee, R. (2021). Fine Scale α Precipitation in Ti-19at%V in the Absence of Influence from ω Precipitates. Scripta Materialia. 196, 113766.
Vijayaraghavan, S., Wall, J., Menon, H., Duan, X., Guo, L., Almin, A., Han, X., Kong, L., Zheng, Y., Li, L., Yan, F. (2021). Interfacial Engineering with NiOx Nanofibers as Hole Transport Layer for Carbon-based Perovskite Solar Cells. Solar Energy. 230, 591-597.
Antonov, S., Shi, R., Li, D., Kloenne, Z., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Raabe, D., Gault, B. (2021). Nucleation and Growth of α Phase in a Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy: Influence from the Nano-scale, ordered-orthorhombic Oʺ Phase and α Compositional Evolution. Scripta Materialia. 194, 113672.
Ma, K., Zheng, Y., Dasari, S., Zhang, D., Fraser, H., Banerjee, R. (2021). Precipitation in Nanostructured Alloys: a Brief Review. 46, 250-257. MRS Bulletin.
Shi, R., Gao, Y., Li, D., Zhao, W., Zheng, Y. (2021). Recent Advances in the Design of Novel β-Titanium Alloys using Computational Simulation and Advanced Characterization. Advanced Engineering Materials. 2100152.
Li, D., Zhang, X., Zhao, W., Merrill, D., Myer, N., Antonov, S., Liao, Y., Zheng, Y. (2021). The Role of High-Index Twinning on Hierarchical α Microstructure in Metastable β-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy. JOM. 73, 2303-2311.
Zhang, X., Li, D., Liao, Y., Zheng, Y. (2021). Three-dimensional Characterization of Selective Laser Melted Graphene Oxide-Reinforced Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb Alloy. JOM. 73, 1795-1803.
Lu, S., Antonov, S., Li, L., Liu, C., Liu, X., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Feng, Q. (2020). Atomic Structure and Segregation Behavior of Creep Defects in a Co-Al-W-based Single Crystal Superalloys under High Temperature and Low Stress. Acta Materialia. 190, 16-28.
Mantri, S., Alam, T., Zheng, Y., Williams, J., Banerjee, R. (2020). Influence of Post Deposition Annealing on Microstructure and Properties of Laser Additive Manufactured Titanium Copper Alloys. Additive Manufacturing. 32, 101067.
Ackerman, A., Vorontsov, V., Bantounas, I., Zheng, Y., Chang, Y., McAuliffe, T., Clark, W., Fraser, H., Gault, B., Rugg, D., Dye, D. (2020). Interface Characteristics in an α+β Titanium Alloy. 4, 013602. Physical Review Materials.
Gao, Y., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Wang, Y. (2020). Intrinsic Coupling Between Twinning Plasticity and Transformation Plasticity in β Titanium Alloys: a Symmetry and Pathway Analysis. Acta Materialia. 196, 488-504.
Antonov, S., Kloenne, Z., Gao, Y., Wang, D., Wang, Y., Feng, Q., Fraser, H., Zheng, Y. (2020). Novel Deformation Twinning System in a Cold Rolled High-strength Metastable- β Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr Alloy. 9, 100614. Materialia.
Deng, P., Yin, H., Song, M., Li, D., Zheng, Y., Prorok, B., Lou, X. (2020). On the Thermal Stability of Dislocation Cellular Structures in Additively Manufactured Austenitic Stainless Steels: Roles of Heavy Element Segregation and Stacking Fault Energy. JOM. 72, 4232-4243.
Soni, V., Gwalani, B., Alam, T., Dasari, S., Zheng, Y., Senkov, O., Miracle, D., Banerjee, R. (2020). Phase Inversion in a Two-phase, BCC + B2, Refractory High Entropy Alloy. Acta Materialia. 185, 89-97.
Soni, V., Senkov, O., Couzinie, J., Zheng, Y., Gwalani, B., Banerjee, R. (2020). Phase Stability and Microstructure Evolution in a Ductile Refractory High Entropy Alloy. 9, 100569. Materialia.
Antonov, S., Zheng, Y., Sosa, J., Fraser, H., Cormier, J., Kontis, P., Gault, B. (2020). Plasticity Assisted Redistribution of Solutes Leading to Topological Inversion during Creep of Superalloys. Scripta Materialia. 186, 287-292.
Zhang, D., Qiu, D., Gibson, M., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., Prasad, A., StJohn, D., Easton, M. (2020). Refining Prior-β Grains of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy Through Yttrium Addition. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 841, 155733.
Zhang, X., Mao, B., Liao, Y., Zheng, Y. (2020). Selective Laser Melting of Graphene Oxide-Reinforced Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb: Improved Manufacturability and Mechanical Strength. 35, 1998-2005.
Zheng, Y., Antonov, S., Feng, Q., Banerjee, R., Banerjee, D., Fraser, H. (2020). Shuffle-induced Modulated Structure and Heating-induced Ordering in the Metastable β-Titanium Alloy. Scripta Materialia. 176, 7-11.
Liang, Q., Wang, D., Zheng, Y., Zhao, S., Hao, Y., Yang, R., Banerjee, D., Fraser, H., Wang, Y. (2020). Shuffle-nanodomain Regulated Strain Glass Transition in Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn Alloy. Acta Materialia. 186, 415-424.
Liang, Q., Kloenne, Z., Zheng, Y., Wang, D., Antonov, S., Gao, Y., Hao, Y., Yang, R., Wang, Y. (2020). The Role of Nano-scaled Structural Non-uniformities on Deformation Twinning and Stress-induced Transformation in a Cold Rolled Multifunctional β-Titanium Alloy. Scripta Materialia. 177, 181-185.
Gao, Y., Ke, J., Mao, B., Liao, Y., Zheng, Y., Aagesen, L. (2020). Twinning Path Determined by Broken Symmetry: a Revisit to Deformation Twinning in Hexagonal Close-packed Titanium and Zirconium. 4, 070601. Physical Review Materials.
Zhang, D., Qiu, D., Gibson, M., Zheng, Y., Fraser, H., StJohn, D., Easton, M. (2019). Additive Manufacturing of Ultrafine-grained High-strength Titanium Alloys. Nature. 576, 91-95.
Su, Y., Wang, K., Gao, J., Yang, Y., Qin, Y., Zheng, Y., Zhu, D. (2019). Enhanced cytocompatibility and antibacterial property of zinc phosphate coating on biodegradable zinc materials. Acta Biomaterialia. 98, 174--185. Elsevier.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Zheng, Y., "CAREER: Understanding the Roles of Nanoprecipitates in the Advanced Metastable Titanium Alloys," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $520583 Funded. (October 1, 2023 – Present).
Zheng, Y., "Understanding the Role of Residual Stress Gradients on Plastic Strain Recovery in Nanocrystalline Thin Films," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $413161 Funded. (October 1, 2023 – Present).
Zheng, Y., "Collaborative Research: DMREF: Al-enabled Automated Design of Ultrastrong and Ultraelastic Metallic Alloys," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $499916 Funded. (January 15, 2024September 30, 2027).
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