Prof. Ph. D. Xiaoying Zhuang
Appelstr. 11A
30167 Hannover
Prof. Ph. D. Xiaoying Zhuang
Appelstr. 11A
30167 Hannover

Research and Teaching Focus

Prof. Xiaoying Zhuang’s key research area is machine learning and computational mechanics for the modelling and design of novel photonic systems, metamaterials and nanostructures. She has developed numerous innovative and robust numerical methods including level-set methods, partition-of-unity methods (such as mesh-free methods, XFEM formulations, phantom node methods and finite cover methods), multiscale methods, phase field models and error-driven adaptive methods developed and implemented. She also has experience with coupled (hydro-mechanical, thermo-mechanical, thermo-hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical) problems, uncertainty analyzes/uncertainty quantification as well as inverse methods and optimization processes. She has applied innovative numerical methods to solve complex problems in engineering, solid state physics, and materials science. The research focus of Sofja Kovalevskaja Project funded by the Humboldt Foundation is the modeling, optimization and development of polymer composite materials. Her onging ERC Starting Grant is focused on the optimization and development of piezoelectric and flexoelectric nano-energy converters.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Key Research Projects

    01.2022 - 12.2023
    Marie Curie Global Fellow 2020, “Triboelectrification muscle dynamics†framework for developing triboelectric nanogenerators TENGS implantable bio applications (TEMD)” European Research Council, Horizon2020

    08.2019 - 07.2024
    ERC Starting Grant 2018, Horizon2020, European Research Council, PI

    Heisenberg-Professur Programme, DFG, ZH 459/5-1, .

    since 2019
    Exzellenzcluster ,,PhoenixD - Simulation, Fabrikation und Anwendung optischer Systeme”, PI

    12.2015 - 11.2020
    Sofja Kovalevskaja Preis, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation und Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Computational characterization, testing and design of carbon fiber based polymer matrix composites

    H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016: Environmentally best practices and optmisation in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas/oil development (BESTOFRAC).

    10.2016 - 09.2019
    International Research Training Group ViVaCE “Virtual Materials and their Validation”: German-French School of Computational Engineering, DFG, ID:IRTG 1627/2

    07.2014 - 11.2015
    Computational multiscale modelling of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development, FP7 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (MC-IIF), Grant No. 623667, European Research Council

  • Professinal Experineces

    since 03.2021
    W3-Professor, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, Leibniz University Hannover

    Call for a W3-Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, KIT

    Call for a  W2-Professur, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum

    12.2015 - 03.2021
    Sofja-Kovalevskaja Prize Winner und Research Group Leader, Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University Hannover

    07.2014 - 11.2015
    FP7 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at Institut of Struktural Mechanics, Bauhaus-University Weimar, German

    Offer of Senior Lecturer, Durham University, University of Durham (QS World Top Universities Rankings 2019 in 74th place), the UK

    01.2013 - 06.2014
    Associate Professor, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

    03.2011 - 12.2012
    Lecturer, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University

    11.2010 - 02.2011
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Structural Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

    Award of the PhD degree, University of Durham, the UK

    09.2007 - 10.2010
    PhD student in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, University of Durham, the UK

  • Honors and Prizes
    • Curious-Mind-Awards, Scientist of the Year in the area of "Materials and Composites", Darmstadt Merck-Group; in May 2019.
    • Science Prize of the State of Lower Saxony 2018, Prize for Young Scientist, Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture; in November 2018.
    • ITA (International Tunnelling Association) Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year (2018), collaboration in the development of nano-coatings with the firm Anhui Zhongyi New Materials Science and Technology Co., LTD; in November 2018.
    • International Chinese Association of Computational Mechanics (ICACM), Fellow Award; in August 2018.
    • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2018, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and German Research Foundation (DFG); in March 2018.
    • Sofja-Kovalevskaja Prize, Research Group Leader, 1,65 Million Euro, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Federal Ministry of Education and Research; 12.2015-03.2021.
    • Shanghai Venus Science Talent Award, Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission; December 2015.
    • FP7 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (MC-IIF) awarded in November 2013, Panel Score: 98.1/100. Shanghai Pujiang Talent Award, Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission; in September 2012.
    • "Zienkiewicz Prize" for the Best PhD Thesis in Computational Mechanics in Year 2010, Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering, UK. (1 Award annually)
  • Key Publications
    • K.M. Hamdia, X. Zhuang, T. Rabczuk. An efficient optimization approach for designing machine learning models based on genetic algorithm. Neural Computing and Applications 33 (6), 1923-1933, 2021.
    • B. Mortazavi, B. Javvaji, F. Shojaei, T. Rabczuk, A.V. Shapeev, X. Zhuang. Exceptional piezoelectricity, high thermal conductivity and stiffness and promising photocatalysis in two-dimensional Mo-Si2N4 family confirmed by first-principles. Nano Energy 82, 105716, 2021.
    • X. Zhuang, Q. Wang, H. Zhu. Multiscale modelling of hydro-mechanical couplings in quasi-brittle materials, International Journal of Fractures, 204:1-27, 2017.
    • S. Nanthakumar, X. Zhuang, H. Park, T. Rabczuk. Topological optimization of flexoelectric nano energy harvester, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 105: 217-234, 2017.
    • H. Ren, X. Zhuang, Y. Cai, T. Rabczuk. Dual-horizon peridynamics, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 108:1451-1476, 2016.