Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429013

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Zhao received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering, both from Peking University. After graduation, Dr. Zhao conducted his postdoctoral research at the College of Engineering at Peking University. Prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Zhao’s current research focuses on chemically disordered materials (high-entropy materials) through a combination of computational materials science and machine learning techniques. Specifically, his group aims to understand surface effects, defect thermodynamics, and defect evolution in chemically disordered materials under deformation or irradiation conditions. For this purpose, different simulation techniques at different scales are concurrently or sequentially employed.

Research Interests/Areas

Computational materials science

Machine learning

Defect properties

Energy storage materials



Ph.D. in Engineering, Peking University, China
Bachelor in Physics, Peking University, China


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Peking University, China

Services outside CityU

Reviewer for journals: Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, International Journal of Plasticity, npj Computational Materials, Journal of Material Chemistry A, Journal of Material Chemistry C, Advanced Engineering Materials, Journal of Metal (JOM), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, Material Research Express, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Carbon, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters and 2D Materials.