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Dr Han Zhang


Research Overview


Dr. Han Zhang is a Lecturer in School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London. His research areas mainly focus on smart multifunctional materials, hierarchical composites and nanomaterials. The multifunctionalities in composites he is interested including strain and damage sensing, self-healing without degrading original mechanical properties, energy storage integration, and self-heating and self-regulating heating devices. Han has experience from design and processing to advanced characterisations and interpretation of polymer and composite materials, with more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Advanced Functional Materials, Composites Science and Technology, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Han is the recipient of the 2010 RH Craven Award from Institute of Materials, Mineral and Mining (IOM3) for his excellent in polymer materials. Han is also the Senior Scientist in Composites at Nanoforce Technology Limited, a spin-out company wholly owned by QMUL.


The research areas Han is interested include:

  • Hierarchical composite manufacturing, with industrial feasible methods.
  • Multi-scale mechanical reinforcement, i.e. toughening and out-of-plane properties.
  • on-line SHM and sensing based on electreical methods.
  • Multifunctionalitional composites.
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