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Prof Tao Zhang

School/Department: Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Position: Professor


Tao Zhang is Professor of Materials Engineering and Director of Materials Research Centre at Kingston University. After obtaining a PhD in 1988 from Tsinghua University in China, he moved to UK to continue his research in materials science and engineering. He worked in Brunel University, Birmingham University and London South Bank University before joining Kingston University in 2001. The research concerned near net shape forming, nanopowder synthesis, surface engineering and computer modelling. Computer simulations based on heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics were used for the prediction of defects, mould flow, thermal stress analysis, thermal spray equipment design and process control, nano powder synthesis and processing optimization. Over the last 25 years, he has published over 100 papers in journal and conference proceedings. His research has been supported by EPSRC, EC FP6 and FP7, Carbon Trust and RAEng. Current on-going research is focused on nanomaterials for industry and energy applications and developing new processes to produce nano materials and coatings.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2006 - present Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • 2002 - present Chartered Engineer, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
  • 1985 - 1988 PhD, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.China
  • 1982 - 1984 MPhil, Hunan University, P.R.China
  • 1978 - 1982 BEng, Hunan University, P.R.China
  • BEng, MPhil, PhD.

Research Interests

Net shape forming of ceramics metal and composites by injection moulding; Thermal spray and other surface coating processes; Numerical analysis for process optimisation and new process design; Tribology and corrosion; Material characterisation and processing of nano-ceramic coatings.

Teaching Area

Engineering Materials and Material Processing; Surface Engineering; Engineering Science; Stress Analysis.

Other Professional Activity

FIMMM, MASM, CEng, EPSRC Peer Review Colleges (Materials).


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