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XMUT Teacher Research Paper Published in Science

A discovery has been announced in the Oct. 6, 2017 issue of Science in an article titled “Segregation-induced ordered superstructures at general grain boundaries in a Ni-Bi alloy”. The lead author of this article is Dr. YU Zhiyang, currently an associate professor at XMUT.

 

He and his group of American and Chinese scientists have conducted a 5 year research on numerous model tests based on 20GB data and over 10,000 images of electron microscopy to make this discovery.

 

The discovery about the atomic structure of general grain boundaries with mixed twist and tilt character in a nickel-bismuth (Ni-Bi) alloy challenges a traditional view in physical metallurgy and draws strong interest from researchers and experts worldwide. Highly acclaimed comments and reviews are made from Professor ZHANG Wenqing, distinguished materials expert and APS Fellow, Prof. GU Hui, interface experts at Shanghai University and recipient of China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, Researcher GU Lin, EMS expert at Institute of Physics, CAS and Changjiang Scholar of MOE and others, and returned scholar circles present the academic and scientific significance and progress of this study. The discovery has given rise to great impact on the academic circles and many other areas and enhanced the reputation of XMUT.

 

XMUT practices a results-oriented research investment/assessment and talent employment system, offering high-ranking positions to excellent professionals and appointing (associate) professorship of excellent PhDs before their due years of experience. We have a special annual budget of 4 million RMB as startup funds for high-end talents new to XMUT and 30 million RMB for key research projects, publishing, patents and academic exchanges and technology transfer. Dr.YU Zhiyang was named associate professor on his entry to XMUT. He has the startup funds and a newly established microstructure analysis lab with 8-million-RMB transmission electron for his work and has been listed as a High-end Talent of Fujian Province since September 2017

 

XMUT has research and application rewards of about 10 million RMB annually to researchers and scholars for high-level projects acquired or high-level achievements made, in addition to a variety of incentives for research projects, platforms and output. We grow fast in this field. In 2016, we received funding for 25 national projects and 68 provincial/ministerial projects, published 246 papers in SCI, EI, SSCI, A & HCI or CSSCI, had 51 invention patents and 336 utility patents granted, and won eight provincial awards and four municipal awards for research.

 

As of September 2017, we have received funding for 20 national projects and 47 provincial/ministerial projects. They include 16 projects by National Natural Science Foundation to raise XMUT ranking from 481in 2016 to 470 in 2017 nationally, and 4 National Social Science Foundation to raise XMUT ranking from 9th in 2015 to 6th in 2017 in Fujian Province. We have 42 invention patents granted, an increase of 61.5% over the same period of 2016, and four provincial research rewards.

 

Dr. YU Zhiyang, BS in materials science (2006) and PhD(2011) in Tsinghua University, under Prof. ZHU Jing of Tsinghua University, pioneer of Electron Microscope in China and member of Chinese Academy of Sciences; postdoctoral research at Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University from 2011 to 2015 in collaboration with world-renowned ceramic researchers Prof. Martin Harmer and Prof. Helen Chan; associate professor at School of Materials Science & Engineering, XMUT since 2016.