Dr. Yunzhi Wang joined the faculty of The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1996. In 2002, Dr. Wang became an Associate Professor and a full Professor in 2005.


Professor Wang earned his B.S. in Metallurgy from Northeastern University of China and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University.

Honors and appointments

  • Recipient of the Cyril Stanley Smith Award from TMS in 2020
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from the Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division of TMS in 2020
  • Recipient of the Fraunhofer Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in 2012
  • Recipient of the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007
  • Recipient of the Hsun Lee Research Award from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science, in 2006
  • Recipient of the KC Wong Research Award from the Education Foundation of Hong Kong in 2005
  • Recipient of the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from The Ohio State University's College of Engineering in 2010
  • He was the 2014 Professor Brahm Prakash Visiting Chair at Indian Institute of Science
  • He was an ARC International Fellow, Australia, from 2009 to 2010
  • Fellow of ASM International


  • Structural materials: high-temperature superalloys (Ni-base and Co-base), light structural materials (Ti-, Al- and Mg-alloys), high entropy alloy (HEAs), bulk metallic glasses
  • Functional materials: superelastic and shape memory alloys (SMAs), ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials, GUM metals, Invar and Elinvar alloys
  • Materials phenomena: microstructural evolution and nanodomain patterning during phase transformations and plastic deformation in crystalline and amorphous solids; nanodomain engineering in ferroics and ferroic glasses; shear-banding in metallic glasses; grain growth and domain coarsening; segregation, segregation transition and localized phase transformation at extended defects; variant selection and texture evolution.
  • Computational materials science and engineering: mesoscale modeling; computational materials design; phase field method.

Professor Wang’s career-long development of computational techniques is focused on the pursuit of ever-increasing realism at representing materials in the computational environment. Being a principal developer and practitioner, he is at the forefront of advancing the phase field method, diffusive molecular dynamics (DMD), and heterogeneously randomized STZ dynamics. Through his widespread collaborations, he has integrated these simulation methods with:

  • ab initio calculation, MD simulation and crystal plasticity FEM
  • advanced experimental characterization.

His group has been working closely with software companies to develop computational design tools for industrial applications.

Many of his students and postdocs are now working at major aerospace engine companies (such as Pratt & Whitney and GE), ExxonMobil, Carpenter, national labs (such as NETL, INL, and LLNL), and software companies (such as Thermo_Calc, CompuTherm and Scientific Forming) and continue to contribute to integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).