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Dr Yanzhen Zhang

Decra Research Fellow


My research is focused on different aspects of modern advanced manufacturing technologies, including but not limited to electro-physical and electro-chemical machining, laser machining, and lithography.

Sep 2009-Jun 2014. Doctorate Candidate, China University of Petroleum (East China).
Jan 2015 –Jan 2017. Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany. I was a Research Fellow supported by prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 
Feb 2015 Oct 2018. Research Scientist, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. I worked as the only Chief Investor (CI) of a project funded by German Research Foundation (DFG), which is corresponding to the Australian Research Council (ARC) in Australia. 
Oct 2018 – Present. DECRA Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology. Now, I am working on my DECAR project funded by ARC in 2017. In this project, a novel methods for 3D metal printing is proposed. The fact hindering the application of electrodeposition for 3D metal printing is the incapacity of site-selective control of the deposition area, a problem that has been conquered by this project. Insulating self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) which can hinder the electrodeposition is used as the mask and laser beam with suitable wavelength and power density is used to site-selectively remove the insulating SAM and trigger the in situ electrodeposition. Since this project was started only a few months ago, more efforts will be made to optimise this 3D metal printing technique. 

Research interests

Nanofabrication; Materials Science; Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing; Thermal Spray and Laser Processing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Manufacturing Engineering - 091000
  • Fluid Physics - 020303
  • Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural) - 030600


Also published as: Zhang, Yanzhen; Zhang, Y.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: 3D Metal Printing Based on Controlled Removal of Self-assembled Monolayers *; ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

* Chief Investigator

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