Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Dong Zhili
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
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Dr ZhiLi Dong ( received his B.Eng. degree in metallic materials engineering from Tsinghua University in 1984. Dong obtained his Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University in 1989 under the Joint Ph.D. Program of the Ministry of Education of China. Dong received the Japanese Government Scholarship and carried out his PhD research at Osaka University in 1987 and 1988.

Dong developed his research in the areas of materials engineering, synthesis of geo-mimetic materials, crystal structure/electronic structure-property relationships, and interface structure analysis. He has more than thirty years experience in x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy of materials.

Dong is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering of Nanyang Technological University. Prior to joining NTU, Dong worked at the Environmental Technology Institute of Singapore as a senior research scientist, School of Mechanical and Production Engineering of NTU as a research fellow, University of Barcelona as a visiting professor, and Tsinghua University as a lecturer.

!!!New Textbook was published for the celebration of NTU's 30th anniversary!!!
Fundamentals of Crystallography, Powder X-ray Diffraction, and Transmission Electron Microscopy for Materials Scientists
By Dong ZhiLi
ISBN 9780367357948, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
• Processing of metals and alloys; Synthesis of geo-mimetic ceramic materials
• Functionalities and applications of geo-mimetic ceramic materials, especially those with structures of apatite-type, perovskite-type, spinel-type, wurtzite-type, anatase-type, olivine-type, and layered-type
• Applications of polyoxometalates
• X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy of metals and ceramics
• Coating and cross-sectional interface structure analysis by atomic resolution TEM/EELS
• Crystal structure / Electronic structure -- property relationships

to find more:
  • Fabrication of SiC Ceramics by Stereolithography-based 3D Printing and Carbothermal Conversion of Silica/Acrylate Composite Pastes (Phase II)
  • Flexible Seawall for Coastal Reservoir and Coastal Defence Systems in Singapore
  • High efficiency Ho:Lu2O3 laser ceramics fabrication and high power 2um ceramic laser development
  • Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Vanadium Dioxide Coatings
  • South East Asia MArine Plastics (SEAmap): Solutions and Integrated Strategies for the Reduction, Control and Mitigation of Marine Plastic Pollution in the Philippines
  • Tailoring of crystallographic texture of metallic coatings for enhanced hydrogen embrittlement resistance through additive manufacturing
  • Upcycling of steel pipeline structures through functional grading for Hydrogen fuel transport and storage
US 2013/0092545 A1: Method Of Manufacturing Layered Metal Oxide Particles And Layered Metal Oxide Particles Formed Thereof (2017)
Abstract: The present invention refers to a method of manufacturing layered metal oxide particles, the method comprising: placing a metal electrode in an electrolyte; and applying an electrical voltage to the electrode, wherein the metal electrode forms the anode, to form a metal oxide layer on the electrode surface, wherein the electrical voltage applied is higher than the breakdown voltage of the metal oxide, thereby breaking down the metal oxide layer formed on the electrode surface into metal oxide particles that react with the electrolyte to form the layered metal oxide particles. The present invention also refers to a layered metal oxide particle obtained from the method, and a method of manufacturing a crystalline metal oxide nanosheet or a crystalline metal oxide nanoribbon.
Courses Taught
MS733M Electron Microscopy of Materials
MS4640 Advanced Analysis of Materials

New Textbook:
Fundamentals of Crystallography, Powder X-ray Diffraction, and Transmission Electron Microscopy for Materials Scientists
By Dong ZhiLi
ISBN 9780367357948, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Supervision of PhD Students
Dong's team is concerned with exploring the crystal structure/electronic structure - property relationships for metal alloys and ceramic materials to provide guidance for optimising materials performance.