About Professor Xiaozhou Liao

The ultimate goal of material scientists is to produce materials with desirable properties. Because materials properties are determined by the structures of materials, it is essential to understand the structures and structure-property relationships of materials. Electron microscopy has been arguably the most powerful technique for the structural characterization of materials.

Electron microscopy characterisation of advanced structural and functional materials, materials structure-property relationship, nanomaterials.

Dr. Xiaozhou Liao received his PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 2000. He moved to USA taking up a Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001 and was a research scientist in the University of Chicago from 2004 to 2006. He is now a professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, the University of Sydney. Dr Liao's research interest focuses on electron microscopy characterisation of advanced structural and functional materials, materials structure–property relationships, and nanomaterials. He has published over 200 papers in prestigious international journals including Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters, Acta Materialia, and Applied Physics Letters. His papers have been collectively cited over 7,500 times and the h-index of his publications has reached 47.

Selected publications

Wang YB, Qu DD, Wang XH, Cao Y, Liao XZ, Kawasaki M, Ringer SP, Shan ZW, Langdon TG, and Shen J. Introducing strain hardening capability to improve ductility of metallic glasses via severe plastic deformation. Acta Mater. 60, 253–260 (2012)

Wang YB, Wang LF,
Joyce HJ, Gao Q, Liao XZ, Mai YW, Tan HH, Zou J, Ringer SP, Gao HJ, and Jagadish C. Super Deformability and Young’s Modulus of GaAs Nanowires. Adv. Mater. 23, 1356–1360 (2011)

Liddicoat PV, Liao XZ, Zhu YT, Zhao YH, Lavernia EJ, Murashkin MY, Valiev RZ, and Ringer SP. New hierarchy of solute architecture breaks strength ceiling in a nanocrystalline aluminium alloy.  Nature Communications 1, 63/1-7 (2010)

Wu XL, Liao XZ, Srinivasan SG, Zhou F, Lavernia EJ, Valiev RZ, and Zhu YT. Deformation twinning generates zero macro-strain in nanocrystalline metals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 095701/1-4 (2008)

Zhao YH, Liao XZ, Cheng S, Ma E and Zhu YT. Simultaneously elevating the ductility and strength of nanostructured alloys. Adv. Mater. 18, 2280 -2283 (2006)

Liao XZ, Zhao YH, Srinivasan SG, Zhu YT, Valiev RZ and Gunderov DV. Deformation twinning in nanocrystalline copper at room temperature and low strain rate. Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 592-594 (2004)

Zhu, YT and Liao, XZ. Nanostructured metals: retaining ductility. Nature Materials 3, 351-352 (2004)

Liao XZ, Zhou F, Lavernia EJ, Srinivasan SG, Baskes MI, He DW and Zhu YT. Deformation mechanism in nanocrystalline Al: partial dislocation slip. Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 632-634 (2003)

Liao XZ, Serquis AC, Zhu YT, Huang JY, Peterson DE, Mueller FD and Xu HF. Controlling flux pinning precipitates during MgB2 synthesis Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 4398-4400 (2002)

Liao XZ, Zou J, Cockayne DJH, Leon R and Lobo C. Indium segregation and enrichment in coherent InxGa1-xAs/GaAs quantum dots. Phys. Rev Lett. 82, 5148-515 (1999)

A complete list of Dr. Liao’s SCI papers is available at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-3168-2009