Dr. ZHAO Shijun (趙仕俊)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429013

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Shijun Zhao is an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Zhao received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2008 and his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2013, both from Peking University. His Ph.D. research centered on the radiation effects in ceramics and low-dimensional materials based on ab initio methods and molecular dynamics simulations. After graduation, Dr. Zhao conducted his postdoctoral research at the College of Engineering at Peking University for two years, with a focus on excited electron dynamics in materials under high-energy ion or laser irradiation using ab initio methods. Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong in 2018, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working on the irradiation effects in concentrated solid-solution alloys. Dr. Zhao’s current research group works on Computational Defect Properties.  Specifically, his group aims to understand defect thermodynamics, defect production, defect migration, and defect evolution in different materials under deformation or irradiation conditions. The defects considered include point defects, impurities, dislocations, stacking faults, grain boundaries, and surfaces, etc. The materials concerned including nuclear structural materials and nuclear fuels spanning from metallic alloys to ceramics. For this purpose, different simulation techniques at different scales are concurrently or sequentially employed. Dr. Zhao has authored and co-authored more than 50 technical papers with more than 1400 citations in the field of defect properties in materials.

Research Interests/Areas

Computational materials science
defect properties
nuclear materials
energy storage materials



09/2008 — 07/2013 Ph.D. in Engineering, Peking University, China
09/2004 — 07/2008 Bachelor in Physics, Peking University, China


08/2018 — Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, China
07/2015 — 07/2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
07/2013 — 07/2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Peking University, China

Services outside CityU

Reviewer for journals: Journal of Material Chemistry A, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, 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.