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Sulin Zhang



  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering

N-231 Millennium Science Complex


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Advanced Materials and Devices; Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics; Energy Infrastructure, Storage and Devices; Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling, Computational Analysis; Nanoscience, Bionanoscience and Engineering

Interest Areas:

Multiscale computational simulations of nanostructured materials and biological materials; multiscale mechanics of nano-bio interfaces.




  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, 1994
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, 1997
  • Ph D, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2002


Journal Articles

  • GuangZhu Zhang, Peng Zhao, Sulin Zhang and Qing Wang, 2018, "Nanoconfinement-Induced Giant Electrocaloric Effect in Ferroelectric Polymer Nanowire Array Integrated with Aluminum Oxide Membrane to Exhibit Record Cooling Power Density", Advanced Materials
  • Jaegeon Ryu, Tianwu Chen, Sulin Zhang, Chongmin Wang and Soojin Park, 2018, "Mechanical mismatch-driven rippling in carbon-coated silicon sheet for stress-resilient battery anodes", Nature Communications, 9
  • GuangZhu Zhang, Peng Zhao, Xiaoshan Zhang, Kuo Han, Tiankai Zhao, Sulin Zhang and Qing Wang, 2018, "Flexible three-dimensional interconnected piezoelectric ceramic foam based composites for highly efficient concurrent mechanical and thermal energy harvesting", Energy & Environmental Science, 11
  • Qiong Wei, Changjin Huang, Yao Zhang, Tiankai Zhao, Peter Bulter and Sulin Zhang, 2018, "Mechanotargeting: Mechanics-dependent cellular uptake of nanoparticles", Advanced Materials, 30
  • Gloria Kim, Yongjie Chen, Weibo Kang, Sulin Zhang, Zhang, Pak Kin Chen, Elias Rizk, Jiazhi Yan and Jian Yang, 2018, "Interplay between Chemical and Mechanical Impacts of Folic Acid on Neural Engineering", Biomaterials, 4
  • GuangZhu Zhang, Baoyan Fan, Peng Zhao, Zhaoyao Hu, Sulin Zhang, Honglang Li and Qing Wang, 2018, "Ferroelectric Polymer Nanocomposites with Complementary Nanostructured Fillers for Electrocaloric Cooling with High Power Density and Great Efficiency", ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1
  • Tiankai Zhao, Qiong Wei, Yao Zhang, Peng Zhao, Sulin Zhang and Long-Qing Chen, 2018, "Active nonlinear cell-matrix coupling regulates the traction force landscapes of epithelial monolayers", NPJ Computational Materials, 4
  • Jia-Sheng Sun, Jin-Wu Jiang, Harold Park and Sulin Zhang, 2018, "Self-cleaning by harnessing wrinkles in two-dimensional layered crystals", Nanoscale, 10
  • Pengfei Yan, Jianming Zheng, Tianwu Chen, Langli Luo, Yuyuan Jiang, Kuan Wang, Manling Sui, Ji-Guang Zhang, Sulin Zhang and Chongmin Wang, 2018, "Coupling of electrochemically triggered thermal and mechanical effects to aggravate failure in a layered cathode", NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9
  • Ke Cao and Sulin Zhang, 2017, "In situ tem investigation on ultrafast reversible lithiation and delithiation cycling of Sn@ C yolk-shell nanoparticles as anodes for lithium ion batteries", Nano Energy
  • Tianwu Chen, H. Yang, J. Li and S.L. Zhang, 2017, "Mechanics of Electrochemically Driven Mechanical Energy Harvesting", Extreme Mechanics Letters
  • Sulin Zhang, 2017, "Chemomechanical Modeling of Lithiation-induced Failure in high-volume-change electrode materials for lithium ion batteries", NPJ Computational Materials, 3, pp. 7
  • Leann Tilley, Boyin Liu, Oliver Looker, Eric Hanssen, Sulin Zhang and Matthew Dixon, 2017, "Measuring and Modelling Host Cell Subversion by the Malaria Parasite", Biophysical Journal
  • Alireza Ostadhossein, Ali Rahnamoun, Yuanxi Wang, Peng Zhao, Sulin Zhang, Vincent Crespi and Adri van Duin, 2017, "ReaxFF Reactive Force-Field Study of Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2)", The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Tianwu Chen, Peng Zhao, Xu Guo and Sulin Zhang, 2017, "Two-Fold Anisotropy Governs Morphological Evolution and Stress Generation in Sodiated Black Phosphorus for Sodium Ion Batteries", Nano Letters, 17, pp. 8
  • S. Kim, S. J. Choi, K. J. Zhao, H. Yang, G. , S.L. Zhang and J. Li, 2016, "Electrochemically Driven Mechanical Energy Harvesting"
  • S. L. Zhang, H. J. Gao and G. Bao, 2015, "Physical principles of nanoparticle cellular endocytosis", ACS Nano
  • C. J. Huang, Q. Ozdemir, L. C. Xu, P. J. Butler, C. A. Siedlecki, J. L. Brown and S. L. Zhang, 2015, "Roles of substrate topography on the cellular uptake of nanoparticles", Journal of Biomedical Research, Part B, 5
  • Y. Zhang, C. J. Huang, S. Kim, M. Golkaram, M. W. A. Dixon, L. Tilley, J. Li, S. L. Zhang and S. Suresh, 2015, "Multiple stiffening effects of nanoscale knobs on human red blood cells infected with Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, pp. 6068-6073
  • H. Z. Zhang, Q. J. Ji, C. J. Huang, S. L. Zhang, B. Yuan, K. Yang and Y. Q. Ma, 2015, "Cooperative Transmembrane Penetration of Nanoparticles", Scientific Reports, 5, pp. 10525
  • Q. F. Xiao, M. Gu, H. Yang, B. Li, C. , Y. Liu, F. Liu, F. Dai, L. Yang, Z.Y. Liu, X. C. Xiao, G. Liu, P. Zhao, S. L. Zhang, C. M. Wang, Y. F. Lu and M. Cai, 2015, "Inward Lithium-Ion Breathing of Hierarchically Porous Silicon Anodes"
  • L. L. Luo, H. Yang, P. F. Yan, J.J. Travis, Y. Lee, N. Liu, D.M. Piper, S.H. Lee, P. Zhao, S. M George, J. G. Zhang, Y Cui, S.L. Zhang, C.M. Ban and C. Wang, 2015, "Surface-Coating Regulated Lithiation Kinetics and Degradation in Silicon Nanowires for Lithium Ion Battery", Acs Nano, 9, pp. 5559-5566
  • A. Kushima, X. F. Qian, P. Zhao, S.L. Zhang and J. Li, 2015, "Ripplocations in van der Waals Layers", 15, pp. 1302-1308
  • W. Zhang, F. Jin, S.L. Zhang and X. Guo, 2014, "Adhesive Contact on Randomly Rough Surfaces Based on the Double-Hertz Model", 81
  • H. Yang, F. F. Fan, W. T. Liang, X. Guo, T Zhu and S. L. Zhang, 2014, "A chemo-mechanical model of lithiation in silicon", 70, pp. 349-361
  • Y. Liu, S. L. Zhang and T. Zhu, 2014, "Germanium-Based Electrode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries", 1, pp. 706-713
  • F. Jin, W. Zhang, S. L. Zhang and X. Guo, 2014, "Adhesion between elastic cylinders based on the double-Hertz model", 51, pp. 2706-2712
  • M. Gu, H. Yang, D.E. Perea, J.G. Zhang, S.L. Zhang and C.M. Wang, 2014, "Bending-Induced Symmetry Breaking of Lithiation in Germanium Nanowires", 14, pp. 4622-4627
  • L. Chen, F. Fan, L. Hong, J. Chen, Y. Z. Ji, S. L. Zhang, T. Zhu and L. Q. Chen, 2014, "A Phase-Field Model Coupled with Large Elasto-Plastic Deformation: Application to Lithiated Silicon Electrodes", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161, pp. F3164-F3172
  • A. Ostadhossein, E. D. Cubuk, G. A. Tritsaris, E. Kaxiras, S. L. Zhang and A. C. T. van Duin, 2014, "Stress effects on the initial lithiation of crystalline silicon nanowires: reactive molecular dynamics simulations using ReaxFF", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, pp. 3832-3840
  • M. Gu, H. Yang, D. E. Perea, J-G Zhang, Sulin Zhang and C-M Wang, 2014, "Bending-Induced Symmetry Breaking of Lithiation in Germanium Nanowires", Nano Letters, 14, pp. 4622-4627
  • H. Yang, W. T. Liang, X. Guo, C. W. Wang and Sulin Zhang, 2014, "Strong kinetics-stress coupling in lithiated Si and Ge electrodes"
  • C.-M. Wang, M. Gu, H. Yang, D. E. Perea and Sulin Zhang, 2014, "In-situ TEM study of internal and external stress on lithiation behavior of high capacity anode materials with a large volume change", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 20, pp. 1536-1537
  • S. Huang, F. Fan, X. H. Liu, J. Li, Sulin Zhang, J. Y. Huang and T. Zhu, 2013, "Mechanics of lithiation of a nanoparticle", Acta Materialia, 61, pp. 4354-4364
  • W. T. Liang, H. Yang, F. F. Fan, T. Zhu and Sulin Zhang, 2013, "Tough germanium nanoparticle upon lithiation/delithiation cycles", ACS Nano, 7, pp. 3427-33
  • Changjin Huang, Peter Butler and Sulin Zhang, 2013, "Substrate rigidity regulates cellular uptake of nanoparticles", Nano Letters, 13, pp. 1611-1615
  • C. J. Huang, Y. Zhang, H. Y. Yuan, H. J. Gao and Sulin Zhang, 2013, "Role of target geometry in endocytosis: laying down to stand up", Nano Letters, 13, pp. 4546-4550
  • W. T. Liao, L. Hong, H. Yang, J. Li, T. Zhu, L.-Q. Chen and Sulin Zhang, 2013, "Self-healing gallium droplets under lithiation-delithaition cycles", Nano Letters, 13, pp. 5212-5217
  • H. Yang, X. Huang, W.T. Liang, A.C.T. van Duin, M. Raju and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Self-weakening in lithiated graphene electrodes", 563, pp. 58-62
  • X.H. Liu, F.F. Fan, H. Yang, S.L. Zhang, J.Y. Huang and T. Zhu, 2013, "Self-Limiting Lithiation in Silicon Nanowires", 7, pp. 1495-1503
  • W.T. Liang, H. Yang, F.F. Fan, Y. Liu, X.H. Liu, J.Y. Huang, T. Zhu and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Tough Germanium Nanoparticles under Electrochemical Cycling", 7, pp. 3427-3433
  • W.T. Liang, L. Hong, H. Yang, F.F. Fan, Y. Liu, H. Li, J. Li, J.Y. Huang, L.Q. Chen, T. Zhu and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Nanovoid Formation and Annihilation in Gallium Nanodroplets under Lithiation-Delithiation Cycling", 13, pp. 5212-5217
  • X. Huang, H. Yang, W.T. Liang, M. Raju, M. Terrones, V. H. Crespi, A.C.T. van Duin and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Lithiation induced corrosive fracture in defective carbon nanotubes", 103, pp. 153901
  • S. Huang, F. Fan, J. Li, S.L. Zhang and T. Zhu, 2013, "Stress generation during lithiation of high-capacity electrode particles in lithium ion batteries", 61, pp. 4354-4364
  • C.J. Huang, Y. Zhang, H.Y. Yuan, H.J. Gao and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Role of Nanoparticle Geometry in Endocytosis: Laying Down to Stand Up", 13, pp. 4546-4550
  • C.J. Huang, P.J. Butler, S. Tong, H. S. Muddana, G. Bao and S.L. Zhang, 2013, "Substrate Stiffness Regulates Cellular Uptake of Nanoparticles", 13, pp. 1611-1615
  • F.F. Fan, S. Huang, H. Yang, M. Raju, D. Datta, V.B. Shenoy, A.C.T. van Duin, S.L. Zhang and T. Zhu, 2013, "Mechanical properties of amorphous LixSi alloys: a reactive force field study", 21, pp. 074002
  • H. Yang, S. Huang, X. Huang, F.F. Fan, W.T. Liang, X.H. Liu, L.Q. Chen, J.Y. Huang, J. Li, T. Zhu and S.L. Zhang, 2012, "Orientation-Dependent Interfacial Mobility Governs the Anisotropic Swelling in Lithiated Silicon Nanowires", 12, pp. 1953-1958
  • X.H. Liu, J.W. Wang, Y. Liu, H. Zheng, A. Kushima, S. Huang, T. Zhu, S. Mao, X. Li, J. Li, S.L. Zhang, W Lu, J.M. Tour and J.Y. Huang, 2012, "In situ transmission electron microscopy of electrochemical lithiation, delithiation and deformation of individual graphene nanoribbons", 50, pp. 3836-3844
  • X.H. Liu, J.W. Wang, S. Huang, F.F. Fan, X. Huang, Y. Liu, S. Krylyuk, J. Yoo, S. Dayeh, A. V. Davydov, S.X. Mao, S.T. Picraux, S.L. Zhang, J. Li, T. Zhu and J.Y. Huang, 2012, "In situ atomic-scale imaging of electrochemical lithiation in silicon", 7, pp. 749-756
  • X.H. Liu, Y. Liu, A. Kushima, S.L. Zhang, T. Zhu, J. Li and J.Y. Huang, 2012, "In Situ TEM Experiments of Electrochemical Lithiation and Delithiation of Individual Nanostructures", 2, pp. 722-741
  • X. Huang, H. Yang, A.C.T. van Duin, K.J. Hsia and S.L. Zhang, 2012, "Chemomechanics control of tearing paths in graphene", 85, pp. 195453
  • Xiao Hua Liu, Yang Liu, Akihiro Kushima, Ting Zhu, Sulin Zhang, Ju Li and Jian Yu Huang, 2012, "In Situ Experiments of Electrochemical Lithiation and Delithiation of Individual Nanostructures", Advanced Energy Materials, 2, pp. 722-741
  • Xu Huang, Hui Yang, Andri van Duin, Ting Zhu and Sulin Zhang, 2012, "Atomic mechanisms of the sharp interface at the lithiation front", Physics Review B, 85, pp. 195453
  • Sulin Zhang, Teng Li, J. Y. Huang and V. Shenoy, 2011, "Low-Dimensional Carbon Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications", Journal of Nanomaterials, 2011, pp. 2
  • H. Y. Yuang, C. J. Huang and Sulin Zhang, 2011, "Membrane-mediated inter-domain interactions", BioNanoScience, 1, pp. 97-102
  • S.L. Zhang, T Li, J.Y. Huang and V. Shenoy, 2011, "Low-Dimensional Carbon Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications", pp. 518189
  • Y. Liu, H. Zheng, X.H. Liu, S. Huang, T. Zhu, J.W. Wang, A. Kushima, N.S. Hudak, X. Huang, S.L. Zhang, S.X. Mao, X.F. Qian, J. Li and J.Y. Huang, 2011, "Lithiation-Induced Embrittlement of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes", 5, pp. 7245-7253
  • X.H. Liu, H. Zheng, L. Zhong, S. Huan, K. Karki, L.Q. Zhang, Y. Liu, A. Kushima, W.T. Liang, J.W. Wang, J.H. Cho, E. Epstein, S.A. Dayeh, S.T. Picraux, T. Zhu, J. Li, J.P. Sullivan, J. Cumings, C.S. Wang, S.X. Mao, Z.Z. Ye, S.L. Zhang and J.Y. Huang, 2011, "Anisotropic Swelling and Fracture of Silicon Nanowires during Lithiation", 11, pp. 3312-3318
  • X. Huang and S.L. Zhang, 2011, "Morphologies of monolayer graphene under indentation", 19, pp. 054004
  • X. Huang, W.T. Liang and S.L. Zhang, 2011, "Radial Corrugations of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Driven by Inter-Wall Nonbonding Interactions", 6, pp. 53
  • C.J. Huang, H.Y. Yuan and S.L. Zhang, 2011, "Coupled vesicle morphogenesis and domain organization", 98, pp. 043702
  • J.A. Zou, W.T. Liang and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Coarse-grained molecular dynamics modeling of DNA-carbon nanotube complexes", 83, pp. 968-985
  • H.Y. Yuan and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Effects of particle size and ligand density on the kinetics of receptor-mediated endocytosis of nanoparticles", 96, pp. 033704
  • H.Y. Yuan, J. Li, G. Bao and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Variable Nanoparticle-Cell Adhesion Strength Regulates Cellular Uptake", 105, pp. 138101
  • H.Y. Yuan, C.J. Huang and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Dynamic shape transformations of fluid vesicles", 6, pp. 4571-4579
  • H.Y. Yuan, C.J. Huang and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Virus-Inspired Design Principles of Nanoparticle-Based Bioagents", 5
  • H.Y. Yuan, C.J. Huang, J. Li, G. Lykotrafitis and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "One-particle-thick, solvent-free, coarse-grained model for biological and biomimetic fluid membranes", 82, pp. 011905
  • S.S. Terdalkar, S. Huang, H.Y. Yuan, J.J. Rencis, T. Zhu and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Nanoscale fracture in graphene", 494, pp. 218-222
  • X. Huang and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Load-driven morphological evolution in covalently bridged multiwalled carbon nanotubes", 96, pp. 203106
  • X. Huang, H.Y. Yuan, W.T. Liang and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Mechanical properties and deformation morphologies of covalently bridged multi-walled carbon nanotubes: Multiscale modeling", 58, pp. 1847-1862
  • X. Huang, H.Y. Yuan, K.J. Hsia and S.L. Zhang, 2010, "Coordinated Buckling of Thick Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Under Uniaxial Compression", 3, pp. 32-42
  • X. Huang and Sulin Zhang, 2010, "Multiple phase stability of deformed MWCNTs with covalent bridges", Applied Physics Letters, 96, pp. 203106
  • X. Huang, W. T. Liang and Sulin Zhang, 2010, "Morphology of multi-walled carbon nanotubes depends on interlayer spacing", Nanoscale Research Letters, 6, (53)
  • H. Y. Yuan, C. J. Huang and Sulin Zhang, 2010, "Virus Inspired Physical Principles for the Nanoparticle Designs", PLoS ONE, pp. e13495
  • Sulin Zhang, V. Shenoy, T. Li and J. Y. Huang, 2010, "Low-Dimensional Carbon Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties", Journal of Nanomaterials
  • J. Zou, W. Liang and Sulin Zhang, 2009, "Coarse-grained Molecular dynamics simulations of positioning DNA-CNT complexes", International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • J. Zou, X. Huang, M. Arroyo and S.L. Zhang, 2009, "Effective coarse-grained simulations of super-thick multi-walled carbon nanotubes under torsion", 105
  • S.L. Zhang, J. Li, G. Lykotrafitis, G. Bao and S. Suresh, 2009, "Size-Dependent Endocytosis of Nanoparticles", 21, pp. 419-424
  • S. Huang, S.L. Zhang, T. Belytschko, S.S. Terdalkar and T. Zhu, 2009, "Mechanics of nanocrack: Fracture, dislocation emission, and amorphization", 57, pp. 840-850
  • S.S. Terdalkar, S.L. Zhang, J.J. Rencis and K.J. Hsia, 2008, "Molecular dynamics simulations of ion-irradiation induced deflection of 2D graphene films", 45, pp. 3908-3917
  • J.T. Paci, R. Khare, S.L. Mielke, S.L. Zhang, R. Ballarini, G.C. Schatz and T. Belytschko, 2008, "COMP 379-Modeling the fracture of defective carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets using coupled quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical methods", 236
  • X. Huang, J. Zou and S.L. Zhang, 2008, "Bilinear responses and rippling morphologies of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under torsion", 93, pp. 031915
  • Sulin Zhang, T. Zhu and T. Belytschko, 2007, "Atomistic and multiscale modeling of fracture in crystal lattices", Physical Review B, 76, pp. 094114
  • Sulin Zhang and T. Zhu, 2007, "Atomic geometry and energetics of carbon nanotube necking", Philosophical Magazine Letters, 87, pp. 567-574
  • S.L. Zhang, T. Zhu and T. Belytschko, 2007, "Atomistic and multiscale analyses of brittle fracture in crystal lattices", 76, pp. 094114
  • S.L. Zhang, R. Khare, Q. Lu and T. Belytschko, 2007, "A bridging domain and strain computation method for coupled atomistic-continuum modelling of solids.", 70, pp. 913-933
  • S.L. Mielke, S.L. Zhang, R. Khare, R.S. Ruoff, T. Belytschko and G.C. Schatz, 2007, "The effects of extensive pitting on the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes", 446, pp. 128-132
  • R. Khare, S.L. Mielke, J.T. Paci, S.L. Zhang, R. Ballarini, G.C. Schatz and T. Belytschko, 2007, "Coupled quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical modeling of the fracture of defective carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets", 75, pp. 075412
  • T. Belytschko, R. Khare, S.L. Mielke, J.T. Paci, R.S. Ruoff, G.C. Schatz, D. Troya and S.L. Zhang, 2007, "Effect of defects on the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes", 233
  • S.L. Zhang, R. Khare, T. Belytschko, K.J. Hsia, S.L. Mielke and G. C. Schatz, 2006, "Transition states and minimum energy pathways for the collapse of carbon nanotubes", 73, pp. 075423
  • S.L. Zhang, S.L. Mielke, R. Khare, D. Troya, R.S. Ruoff, G. C. Schatz and T. Belytschko, 2005, "Mechanics of defects in carbon nanotubes: Atomistic and multiscale simulations", 71, pp. 115403
  • S.L. Zhang, G. Wagner, S.N. Medyanik, W.K. Liu, Y.H. Yu and Y.W. Chung, 2004, "Experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies of friction behavior of hydrogenated carbon films", 177, pp. 818-823
  • S.L. Zhang, W.K. Liu and R.S. Ruoff, 2004, "Atomistic simulations of double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) as rotational bearings", 4, pp. 293-297
  • S.L. Mielke, D. Troya, S.L. Zhang, J.L. Li, S.P. Xiao, R. Car, R.S. Ruoff, G.C. Schatz and T. Belytschko, 2004, "The role of vacancy defects and holes in the fracture of carbon nanotubes", 390, pp. 413-420
  • S.N. Lu, D.A. Dikin, S.L. Zhang, F.T. Fisher, J. Lee and R.S. Ruoff, 2004, "Realization of nanoscale resolution with a micromachined thermally actuated testing stage", 75, pp. 2154-2162
  • W.K. Liu, E.G. Karpov, S.L. Zhang and H.S. Park, 2004, "An introduction to computational nanomechanics and materials", 193, pp. 1529-1578
  • X.Q. Chen, S.L. Zhang, G.J. Wagner, W.Q. Ding and R.S. Ruoff, 2004, "Mechanical resonance of quartz microfibers and boundary condition effects.", 95, pp. 4823-4828
  • S.L. Zhang, H.T. Johnson, G. Wagner, W.K. Liu and K.J. Hsia, 2003, "Stress generation mechanisms in carbon thin films grown by ion-beam deposition", 51, pp. 5211-5222
  • S.L. Zhang, R. Panat and K.J. Hsia, 2003, "Influence of surface morphology on the adhesion strength of epoxy-aluminum interfaces", 17, pp. 1685-1711
  • R. Panat, S.L. Zhang and K.J. Hsia, 2003, "Bond coat surface rumpling in thermal barrier coatings", 51, pp. 239-249
  • X.Q. Chen, S.L. Zhang, D.A. Dikin, W.Q. Ding, R.S. Ruoff, L.J. Pan and Y. Nakayama, 2003, "Mechanics of a carbon nanocoil", 3, pp. 1299-1304
  • S.L. Zhang, K.J. Hsia and A.J. Pearlstein, 2002, "Potential flow model of cavitation-induced interfacial fracture in a confined ductile layer", 50, pp. 549-569
  • M.T.A. Saif, S.L. Zhang, A. Haque and K.J. Hsia, 2002, "Effect of native Al2O3 on the elastic response of nanoscale Al films", 50, pp. 2779-2786
  • S.L. Zhang and K.J. Hsia, 2001, "Modeling the fracture of a sandwich structure due to cavitation in a ductile adhesive layer", 68, pp. 93-100
  • S.L. Zhang and W. Yang, 1998, "Macrocrack extension by connecting statistically distributed microcracks", 90, pp. 341-353
  • S.L. Zhang, T. Li and W. Yang, 1998, "Statistical strength of brittle materials with strongly interacted collinear microcracks", 35, pp. 995-1008
  • Sulin Zhang, T. Zhu and J. Li, , "Electrochemomechanical degradation of high-capacity electrode materials", Progress in Materials Science

Conference Proceedings

  • S. S. Terdalkar, Sulin Zhang and J. J. Rencis, 2007, "Atomistic Simulation of Ion-beam Deposition Induced Curvature in Thin-films", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Applied Mechanics Division
  • R. Khare, S. L. Mielke, J. T. Paci, Sulin Zhang, G. C. Schatz and T. Belytschko, 2007, "Two quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical coupling schemes appropriate for fracture mechanics studies", Proceedings of the 48th AIAA conference on Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials


  • Sulin Zhang, Huajian Gao and Gang Bao, , "Mechanics of Endocytosis", ACA Nano
  • Hui Yang and Sulin Zhang, , "Mechanics of Lithiation: Anisotropy, Retardation, and Fracture", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

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