Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Zhou Kun
Associate Chair (Research), School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Prof. Zhou is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He currently serves as Associate Chair (Research) in the school and Programme Director (Marine & Offshore) in Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. He received both his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Tsinghua University, China and his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, USA and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, USA.

Prof. Zhou has been conducting multidisciplinary research at the crossroads of mechanics, additive manufacturing, materials science, and molecular physics. He was elected Fellow of American Physical Society, Institute of Physics (UK), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), Royal Aeronautical Society (UK), Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (UK).

Prof. Zhou has authored more than 500 journal articles, three books including two as the first author "Metal Powder–Based Additive Manufacturing" (320 pages, Wiley, 2023) and "Molecular Dynamics Simulation: Fundamentals and Applications" (345 pages, Elsevier, 2022), and 39 book chapters, and edited three books. He has also filed six US patents. Since 2022, he has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in Cross-Field by Clarivate.

Prof. Zhou has founded the journal Smart Manufacturing and serves as its Editor-in-Chief. He has also co-founded Journal of Micromechanics and Molecular Physics and serves as its Co-Editor-in-Chief. In addition, he serves as an Associate Editor / Editorial Board Member of several reputable international journals, including International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Mechanics Research Communications, Materials Today, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Friction, and International Journal of Fatigue.

Prof. Zhou is devoted to educating young researchers. His Ph.D. students received awards for their outstanding research theses from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in three consecutive years. More than 40 of his former Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers have become faculty members in academia.

Prof. Zhou will chair the 30th International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, which will be held in Singapore for the first time during August 3–6, 2024 ( According to the received abstract/paper submissions, this conference will attract over 1,500 participants worldwide.
Additive Manufacturing; Mechanics of Materials; Modeling and Simulation;
  • 4D printing of cholesteric liquid crystal elastomers for advanced optics
  • Additive Manufacturing of Copper Windings for Motors
  • Advanced models for Additive Manufacturing (AM2)
  • Application of design methodologies and tools for novel design and redesign of metal additive manufacturing products for marine and offshore applications
  • Atomistic Modelling and Conceptual Design of Highly Efficient Contacts in IC Packaging for Sustainable Energy-Wise Applications
  • Atomistic Modelling of Contact Intermittency in IC Packaging for Energy and Environmental Applications II
  • Auxiliary Heating System for Large-Scale Fused Deposition Modelling
  • Development of a Fatigue Design Methodology and Defect Tolerance Analysis for Accelerating Metal Additive Manufacturing Part Qualification
  • Electrochemical Water Treatment System for the Selective Recovery of Resources from Wastewater
  • Extremely high-density grain boundary of wafer-size atom-thin materials for hydrogen production
  • Fatigue Life Prediction and 3D Defect Tolerance Analysis Validated by Fatigue Tests and X-ray Computed Tomography methods
  • Innovative design and development of adaptive and smart rail steel clamps for rail defect isolation on track
  • Investigation on the processing-microstructure-property correlation to establish qualification requirements for 3D printed metals for marine and offshore applications
  • Machine Learning–based Atomistic Modelling for Material Imaging and Recognition in Integrated Circuit Devices
  • MAE - Cat8 EOM
  • MAE CAT8 EOM account
  • Project Argo– 3D extrusion printing of oxidation resistant MXene for harsh environments
  • Project Wukong - Multi Jet Fusion Printing of High-Performance Ceramic Components for Defense Applications
  • South East Asia MArine Plastics (SEAmap): Solutions and Integrated Strategies for the Reduction, Control and Mitigation of Marine Plastic Pollution in the Philippines
  • Structure and Material Design of PA11 3D Printed Parts for Automotive with Improved Impact Resistance and Energy Absorption Properties
  • WP2 - Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Family of Fatigue Design Curves and Database
  • WP4 - Advanced Fatigue Design and Damage Tolerance Analysis Methodology and Database