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Dr. Xiaoying Zhuang

Sofja Kovalevskaja Group Leader
Raum: A529

Telefon:+49 511.762-19589
Fax:+49 511.762-5496

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Research Areas

 Computational Materials/Device Design and optimization

  • Modelling and optmization of nano energy harvesters
  • MD model for graphene/CNT reinforced polymer
  • Coarse grained model of functionalized/non-functionalized PMC + short CNT 
  • Multiscale model for PNC
  • Phase field method for clay reinforced polymer
  • Uncertainty analysis for PNC
  • Optimisation for nano/micro/meso-structure of fiber/CNT-reinforced PMC 

Computational Methods

  • Partition of unity methods: meshless, XFEM, PUFEM
  • 3D fracture modelling: meshless methods and level sets (PhD thesis)
  • Discontinuum methods: discontinuous deformation analysis, peridynamics
  • Multiscale methods: semi-concurrent method for hydromechanical analysis
  • Isogeometric analysis: IGA symmetric Galerkin BEM, XIGA thin  shell, 
  • Inverse analysis XFEM + level sets for inclusion/crack detection


  • 14.01.2011 PhD degree awarded
  • 09.2007 - 10.2010 PhD in Computational Mechanics, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, University of Durham, UK. PhD-supervisor: Prof. Charles Augarde.
  • 09.2005 - 09.2007 MSc in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. GPA 90/100, ranked No.1 among 65 master students.
  • 09.2001 - 07.2005 BEng in Civil Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University. GPA 4.34/5.0 and among top 5% students to continue MSc study without \National Entrance Exam". 


  • 12.2015 - present Sofja Kovalevskaja Group Leader at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz Unversität Hannover, Germany.
  • 12.2015 - present Adjunct Professor at College of Mechanics and Materials Science, Ho Hai University, Nanjing, China.
  • 12.2013 - present Overseas Professor at Ton Duc Thang University - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • 07.2014 - 11.2015 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. 
  • 01.2013 - 06.2014 Associate Professor (early promotion), College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • 12.2010 - 12.2012 Associate Professor, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University.
  • 05.2012 - 04.2015 Adjunct Professor of the University of Western Australia, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computing.
  • 11.2010 - 02.2011 Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Structural Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2016 Venus Award for outstanding young scientist, Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, China, 2015.
  • 2015 Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the first recipient in mechanics.
  • 2014 FP7 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (MC-IIF), Panel Score 98.1/100, 13.6% successful rate.
  • 2012 Shanghai Pujiang Talent Award, Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, China.
  • 2011 Zienkiewicz Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Computational Mechanics in 2010, Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering, UK. (1 award annually)
  • 2010 Nomination for Best PhD Thesis in 2010 to European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS).
  • 2009 Best Paper by a PhD-student in 17th ACME Conference, UK.
  • 2007 - 2010 The UK Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards (EPSRC).
  • 2007 - 2010 The UK Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS).
  • 2007 The US Lord Scholarship for outstanding postgraduate students.
  • 2005 Award of Best Bachelor's Degree Thesis, Tongji University.
  • 2002 -2004 Awards of Outstanding Undergraduates, Tongji University.


Seit 2011 halte ich folgende Lehrveranstaltungen (in chinesisch, wenn nicht anders spezifiziert):

  • M.Sc.: Elasticity: die erste englischsprachige Veranstaltung fur internationale Studenten (Elastizitatstheorie)
  • M.Sc.: Finite Element Method
  • B.E.: 'Underground Concrete Structure Analysis' und 'Underground Concrete Structure Design'  

Invited Speeches

  • 09.2016 Invited lecturer, RTG 1642-German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany.
  • 08.2016 Semi-plenary speaker, Symposium on Meshless Particles Method (NSFC), Ningxia, China.
  • 06.2016 Keynote speaker, Freiberg Colloquium - THMC Modelling Session, Germany.
  • 05.2016 Keynote speaker, International CHUBU Symposium, Nagoya, Japan.
  • 01.2014 Invited speech, "Fracture Modelling by Meshless Methods", at Korea Advance Science & Technology Institute, Korea.
  • 08.2013 FP7 ITN Workshop "Integrating Numerical Simulation and Geometric Design Technology", Cardiff, the UK.
  • 05.2013 Keynote speaker, International Conference of Computing and Experimenting Engineering Science (ICCES), Seattle, USA.
  • 08.2012 ISRM - "DDA PhD Student Summer School", Beijing, China.
  • 12.2012 Keynote speaker, International Conference on Computational Mechanics (ICCM), Taiwan, China

Commissions of trust

  • 2014 - present International Expert at the Foundation for Science and Technology Development (FOS-TEC), Ton Duc Thang University - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • 2014 - present Reviewer for the National Science Foundation of China, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.
  • 01.2011 - present Managing editor of the international journal: "Frontiers of Structural & Civil Engineering".
  • 04.2014 - present Associate editor of "KSCE - Journal of Civil Engineering".
  • presently Editorial board member of "Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics", "Engineering Geology" and "KSCE - Journal of Civil Engineering"
  • presently Reviewer for over 30 international journals including "Polymer", "Computer Method in Applied Mechanics and Engineering", "Composite Science & Technology", "Computational Material Science", "Materials".
  • 2012 - present Examiner for several PhD-theses.
  • 2005 - 2015 Software-advisor for GeoFBA of Tongyan Civil Engineering Science & Technology Co. Ltd (see section c).


Memberships of scientific societies

  • 08.2015 - present Chinese Society of Computational Mechanics, board member of special commission on "Discontinuous Finite Element Method".
  • 07.2013 - present International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) board member of Commission in Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical (THMC) Processes in Geological Material and Systems.
  • 03.2013 - present ISRM board member of Commission on Discontinuous Deformation Analysis (DDA).