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Xinzhang Zhou

R&D Staff Member

Xinzhang (Shin) Zhou is an R&D staff member at the Chemical Sciences Division. He joined ORNL in 2019.
Prior to joining ORNL, Dr. Zhou worked as a process development engineer at Hexcel’s Fiber R&T for eleven years. He was a development engineer at PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, working on Cermax Xenon short-arc lamp and a phosphor engineer at Intematix. He studied ceramic composites funded by the Office of Naval Research as a postdoctoral associate at the University of California, Davis. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in ceramic engineering and materials science at Rutgers University.
Dr. Zhou’s previous research covers fractals in materials fracture, positron annihilation in porous materials, metastable phases by fast solidification in ceramics, superplastic deformation of nanostructured ceramic composites, and brazing. His current interests include carbon fibers and composites, and silicon carbide fibers. Finding the relations among microstructures, properties and processing is what he aims for. He uses materials modeling and multi-physics simulation to study materials properties and processing from atoms to crystals and to bulk application parts.

Professional Preparation

University of Science and Technology. Beijing, China, metal physics B.Sc., 1991
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China, materials physics M.S., 1994
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, ceramic engineering and materials science PhD., 2002
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, ceramic engineering post-doc., 2002 2003
Univ. of California, Davis Davis, CA, materials science post-doc., 2003 2004


2019 – Present R&D Staff Member, Carbon & Composites Group, Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
2008 – 2019 Process Development Engineer, R&T Fibers, Hexcel Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah
2004–2008 Development Engineer, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Fremont, CA
1994–1997 Quality Assurance Engineer, Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Company, Wuhan, China

Synergistic Activities

2003-2004 Contribution Editor, Phase Equilibria Diagrams, US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards & Technology
2002-2004 Journal reviewer, Materials Science and Engineering A
2002-2006 Journal reviewer, Journal of Materials Science