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Zhaohang Zhang

PhD studnet


+31 (0) 50 363 9673



Office 5113.0035, Nijenborgh 4

9747AG, Groningen, the Netherlands

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Short bio

I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen. My research focuses on exploring the relationship between mechanical material and its architecture, and developing metamaterials of various applications.

My expertise is in Aircraft Manufacture Engineering, Carbon Composites, Solid Mechanics, and Mechanical Metamaterials.


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Programmable cellular metamaterials

Cellular materials are multiphase composite materials that consist of a solid matrix and a fluid phase. Cellular materials with extraordinary mechanical properties can be called cellular metamaterials. The cellular metamaterials with auxetic properties offer a high-dimensional design space by their various geometric and mechanical parameters, and an ideal development platform for smart materials by their unique and programmable properties. Meanwhile, their relatively regular geometric configurations prompt the efficiency of their design and manufacture process and enhance the feasibility of practical applications.

In this work, we intend to investigate the programmable and automated design of cellular metamaterials, and build the foundation for efficient application in engineering.

Status: ongoing

Educational Experience

November 2020 - Now

September 2017 - May 2020

September 2013 - June 2017

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Metamaterials

Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Thesis: Programmable and Automated Design of Active Cellular Metamaterial

M.Sc., Solid Mechanics

School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering

Beihang University, Beijing, China.
Thesis: Programmable Design of Novel Honeycomb Structures

B.Sc.Aircraft Manufacture Engineering

​School of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Thesis: Study on Bearing Failure Behavior of Composite Laminates Containing Pin-loaded Holes