Prof. Z.M. Sun

Southeast University, China
Invited talk
Ceramics and the spontaneous metal whisker growth
Z.M. Sun received his B. S. at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Institute of Technology (currently School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University) in 1985, his M. S. degree at Institute of Metal Research (IMR), CAS in 1988. He received his Ph. D. degree in 1992, under a joint-degree program between the IMR, CAS, and the University of Vienna. Then, he served as a research associate at IMR. In March 1993, he joined the Institute of Physical Chemistry, the University of Vienna, as a guest researcher. In August 1994, he was invited to join the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, under the support of Daiko Foundation. At the same national university he obtained a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in August 1995. In April 1997, he joined the Tohoku National Industrial Research Institute, as a research officer, a permanent position. This institute was later reorganized to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), where he was promoted to a senior research scientist and served as an associate to the director of the International Affairs Division, for one year. He also worked at Drexel University, USA, in February 2004 for one year, on his sabbatical leave from AIST. In 2013, he was selected by The Recruitment Program of Global Experts, generally called Thousand Talents Program, and joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University. He has already resigned his position in Japan and fully moved back to Nanjing. His research interests covered the research and development of metallic materials, intermetallic compounds, ceramics and composites, including their synthesis, characterization and applications. In the past decade, he devoted most of his energy to the MAX phase materials, a family of ternary compounds, which combines the best attributes of metals and ceramics. He has authored over 100 SCI indexed papers and applied over 40 patents.

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