Electrical Functional Materials Research Team


 The team mainly focuses on the design and processing of new conductive materials and their preparation technology, such as lead frame materials and processing technology for LSI, high-speed train contact wire materials, high-voltage vacuum switch contact materials, dispersion strengthened copper alloy, functional film materials, biomedical titanium alloy and other high-performance materials. The team has 10 members, all of whom have doctoral degrees, including 6 professors and associate professors, 2 lecturers and 36 graduate students. The team try its best to create a strong academic atmosphere and free research environment. Members of this team are scientific and technological solid foundation, active thinking, vitality and creativity.

Team leader

  • Professor Ping Liu, Vice President of USST


  • Professor Wei Li, Associate Dean of School of Materials Science and Engineering

  • Professor Fengcang Ma

  • Associate Professor Xinkuan Liu

  • Associate Professor Xiaohong Chen

  • Associate Professor Ke Zhang

  • Lecturer Xun Ma

  • Lecturer Honglei Zhou

    Research Fields

  • High performance copper alloys.

  • Medical metal materials.

  • Superhard nanomultilayered and nanocomposite films (coatings) materials.

  • Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs).

    Important research and development projects

  • The National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 51971148). Investigation on phase-segregation in modulation-layer based toughening and its mechanism of hard nanomultilayered film. 2020-2023.

  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51771119), Preparation of Ti matrix composite reinforced with in situ TiB whiskers plus silicides nano-particles and its strengthening mechanisms. 2018-2021.

  • The National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 51471110). Investigation on coherent-interface based strengthening mechanism of superhard nanocomposite films and its universality. 2015-2018.

  • The National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 51101101). Study on effect of interfacial stress in nanomultilayer on martensitic transformation in Fe-Ni and Co and its mechanism. 2012-2014.

    Important papers and publications

  1. Effects of nitrogen content on microstructures and mechanical properties of (AlCrTiZrHf)N high-entropy alloy nitride films. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2020. 834: 155063.

  2. Microstructure and properties of high-entropy alloy films or coatings: A review. Materials 2018, 6: 199-229.

  3. Microstructures, mechanical behavior and strengthening mechanism of TiSiCN nanocomposite films. Scientific Reports, 2017, 7: 2140.

  4. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti matrix composite reinforced with 5vol.% TiC after various thermo-mechanical treatments, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2018, 758: 78-84.

  5. Evolution of strength and fibres orientation of a short-fibres reinforced Ti-matrix composite after extrusion, Materials & Design, 2017, 126: 297-304.

  6. The mechanical behavior dependence on the TiB whisker realignment during hot-working in titanium matrix composites, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6: 36126.

  7. Effects of graphene nanoplates on arc erosion resistance and wear behavior under electric current of copper matrix composites [J]. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2020, 829: 154356.

  8. Mechanical properties of graphene nanoplates reinforced copper matrix composites prepared by electrostatic self-assembly and spark plasma sintering [J]. Materials Science and Engineering A, 2019, 739: 329-334.

  9. The relationships between the process parameters and the polymeric nanofibers fabricated using a modified coaxial electrospinning [J]. Nanomaterials, 2019, 9, 843.

  10. Mechanism of interaction between the Cu/Cr interface and its chemical mixing on tensile strength and electrical conductivity of a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy [J]. Materials and Design, 2019, (180): 107976.

  11. A model describing the growth of a PEO coating on AM50 Mg alloy under constant voltage mode. Electrochimica Acta, 251 (2017): 461-474.

  12. Investigation of electrode distance impact on PEO coating formation assisted by simulation." Applied Surface Science 388 (2016): 304-312.

    Important patents and proprietary rights

  • TiSiNiN nanocomposite coatings and prepration technique, China Patent, ZL 201611153025.0, 2019.

  • TiCrN/TiSiN nanocrystalline coatings and prepration technique, China Patent, ZL 201611235550.7, 2019.

  • A micro arc oxidation solution for strontium containing biological coating of titanium alloy and its application, China Patent, ZL 201610857501.0, 2018

  • A titanium alloy with ow modulus for medical applications and its preparation method, China Patent, ZL201510833195.2, 2017

  • A preparation method of copper/graphene composites, China Patent, CN201710718421.1, 2017

  • A wear-resistant film on titanium alloy and its preparation, China Patent, ZL201510881116.5, 2017

  • A micro arc oxidation solution used for Ti alloys to prepare TiO2 film containing WO3 its application, China Patent, ZL201510247856.3, 2017

  • A CNTs/Cu composite and its preparation method, China Patent, ZL20180430383.4, 2019

  • Rare earth copper alloy for high-strength and high-conductivity contact wire and preparation method, ZL201510553712.0, 2017

  • One method of surface modification on biomedical Mg-Zn-Ca alloy. Chinese Patent, ZL201310418165.6

  • One preparation method of a biodegradable magnesium alloy for biomedical application. Chinese Patent, ZL 201310418031.4

    Honors and awards [Optional]

  • Shanghai first prize for scientific and technological progress, 2019

  • National Science and technology progress second prize, 2017

    Contact us

  • E-mail: liwei176@usst.edu.cn