The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia


YAN Cheng

Birth Year 1962
Position Associate professor
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, QLD4001, Australia
Telephone 61 7 31386630
Mobile 0451580921

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
2009- Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
2006-2009 Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology
2003-2007 ARC Australian Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
2002-2003 Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Sydney
1998-2001 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Sydney

2011 Vice Chancellor Performance Award, Queensland University of Technology
2010 Vice Chancellor Performance Award, Queensland University of Technology
2009 Inaugural Queensland International Fellowship and Nanotechnology Category Winner
2008 Haitian Scholar, Dalian University of Technology, China
2003 ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF)
2002 Sydney University Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship
2000 China Higher Education Committee State Key Labs visitor
1998 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD)
1994 Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS)
1987 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visiting scientist

2010-2012 Vice president, Queensland Chinese Association of Scientists and Engineers (QCASE)
2012 Member of editorial board of Graphene
2004-2008 Committee member of Australian Fracture Group
2009-2012 Member of Steering Committee of Australian Technology Network of University (ATN)/ISTA Nanotechnology Network
2007-2010 QUT representative, Skills Formation Strategy (SFS) Fibre Composites, Queensland Government

Dr. Yan is a dedicated researcher in the field of mechanical characterization, deformation and failure and composites. He has secured more than A$5 million research funding including 2 Australian Research Council (ARC) fellowships and 8 ARC grants. In collaboration with some top international research organizations, he has conducted extensive research on structure-property relations in various materials and advanced composites. His experimental and numerical work on elastic-plastic fracture has made significant contributions to development of new failure criteria and evaluation of fracture energy in adhesive joints and composite structures. He has been the committee member of Australian Fracture Group. He has also established a reputation in characterization of thermal-mechanical behavior of thin films, micro- and nano-devices and optical fibers, confirmed by the invitation as the convener of the composites symposium of Materials and Austcream (2007) and the co-chair of the international committee of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th International Workshop on Innovation and Commercialization of Micro & Nanotechnology (ICMAN). His current research interests also include toughening mechanism in biomedical materials and functional nanocomposites. He has developed outstanding leadership by combining academic strength and practical engagement with professions, government organizations, industry and the community at local, national and international levels. He has co-chaired 3 international symposiums since 2007, delivered many invited presentations in academic conferences and industrial workshops and been an examiner for many funding agencies such as ARC, FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) and FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund).

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations):
Dr. Yan has generated 200 publications with over 100 in international journals. Many papers appeared in the top disciplinary journals e.g. International Journal of Fracture, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Carbon, Metallurgical Transactions, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Nanotechnology, Applied Physics Letters, etc. These papers have attracted over 800 citations.

Dr. Yan is an expert in material processing and characterization of mechanical behaviour of a broad range of materials and has made contributions to understanding of deformation and failure of various materials at macro, micro and nano scales. His current research interests include functional nanocomposites, nanomechanics, advanced numerical simulations and toughening mechanism in biomedical materials.

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
It is widely recognized that composite materials will impact on many industry sectors with significant social and economic benefits to China and Australia. Australia and China are playing an important role in development of advanced composite materials and structures for broad applications in aerospace, transport, automotive and construction industries. To benefit from these exciting technologies, there is an urgent call for action to improve the performance of composites and develop new techniques for failure detection. Dr. Yan has established long-term collaboration with Dalian University of Technology in development of flexible nanocomposite strain sensor with high sensitivity and evaluation of the mechanical properties of advanced composites. These activities will contribute not only to the advances of materials characterization and modeling but also to development of new technology for structure health monitoring.

On the other hand, with ever-continuing miniaturization, there is an increased demand on materials performance at mciro- or nanoscale, such as optimum mechanical properties, less defects and excellent machinability for tiny structures like thin films and micro- and nano-systems. On the other hand, material damage and poor system reliability, due to the lack of fundamental understanding of materials behavior at micro- or nano-scale, is a well-known potential technical barrier to the advance of microsystem technologies. In collaboration with the Institute of Metal research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr. Yan’s group has conducted extensive investigation on characterization of nanocrystalline and amorphous alloys, thin films and optoelectronic packaging. As the relationship of structure and properties at small material length scales plays a key role in development of new materials, increasing research activities are expected in these exciting fields.