Associate Professor

Phone: +44-(0)7457068293

Email: c.yan@exeter.ac.uk

Academic Areas: Center of Rapid Manufacturing

Research Interests: Center of Rapid Manufacturing

Academic Degrees

As Principal Investigator (PI):

  • Graphite Heat Dissipation Materials and Selective Laser sintering, Special Fund for Basic Scientific Research of Central Colleges in China, Grant No. CUGL090305, ¥50,000, Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2010.
  • Graphite Heat Dissipation Materials, and Their Processing Technology and Application in semiconductor illumination field. Industry-university-research Fund of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province of China, Grant No. 2009B090200011, ¥100,000, Sept. 2009 to May, 2010.
  • Carbon fibre/Epoxy Composites and Selective Laser Sintering. Frontier Exploration Fund of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Grant No. 2013TS65, ¥100,000, Jan. 2013 to Nov. 2014.
  • Selective Laser Sintering of Carbon fibre/Epoxy Composites. Exploration Fund of State key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, ¥100,000, Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2015.
  • Selective Laser melting equipment and materials for making large-scale complex metal parts. Key Scientific innovation project, China, ¥900,000, Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2016.

As Co-investigator (CI) and Researcher:

  • Casting of Large Ti Structures (COLTS): Manufacture of large-scale and high-strength casting investment and three-dimensional measurement techniques, 7th Framework Programme of EU, ¥ 2,400,000, 2011-2013. Dr. Chunze Yan was a co-investigator in this project and responsible for developing high performance materials for investment casting patterns.
  • Fundamental study on selective laser melting the transition layer with double gradients of material and structure for metal bone implants, National Natural Science Foundation, ¥800,000, Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2017. Dr Chunze Yan is a co-investigator in this project and responsible for metallurgical mechanism analysis.
  • SAVING - Sustainable product development via design optimisation and AdditiVe manufacturing, UK Technology Strategy Board funded project (TP14/BA036D). Dr Chunze Yan was the postdoc researcher in this project.
  • New Generation Low Carbon Refractory Composites Based on Graphite-Exfoliation. EPSRC project. Dr Chunze Yan is the postdoc researcher in this project.
  • Polyetherether ketone (PEEK)/nano-hydroxyapatite (HA) composites for selective laser sintering. Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Scheme. Dr Chunze Yan was the main researcher in this project.

Proposal Preparation at University of Exeter

  • Wrote the draft of the proposal “Polyetherether ketone (PEEK)/nano-hydroxyapatite (HA) composites for selective laser sintering” for the application of Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Scheme, 2012. The application was successful.
  • Wrote the draft of the proposal “Bioactive Nanocomposites and Load Bearing Structures for Bone Substitutes” for EPSRC project, 2012.

Wrote the draft of the proposal “Customised graphene-like 3D carbon architectures grown by chemical vapor deposition based on Ni lattice templates fabricated by additive manufacturing” for the application of Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Scheme, 2013.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, Mar. 2013 to now.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2013
  • Lecturer, School of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Sept. 2009 to Aug. 2010.
  • PhD. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Engineering of materials processing, Sept. 2003 – Apr. 2009.
  • Assistant Engineer, 42nd Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Sept. 2000—Jul. 2003.
  • BSc. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Applied chemistry, Sept. 1996 – Jul. 2000.

Selected Publications

  1. Yusheng Shi, Jinhui Liu, Chunze Yan, Ruidi Li, Jinsong Yang. Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Applications. Science Press, Beijing, China, 2012.
  2. Chunze Yan, Shifeng Wen, Liujie, Yusheng Shi. Selective Laser Sintering Additive Manufacturing technology. Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press, Wuhan, China, 2013.
  3. Chunze Yan, Lin Xu, Yusheng Shi. Characterisation of carbon fibre reinforced nylon-12 composites for selective laser sintering process. Innovative developments in virtual and physical prototyping-Bartolo et al. (eds). 355-358, 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, London.
  4. Liang Hao, David Raymont, Chunze Yan, Ahmed Hussein, Philippe Young. Design and additive manufacturing of cellular lattice structures. Innovative developments in virtual and physical prototyping-Bartolo et al. (eds). 249-254, 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, London.
  5. Ahmed Hussein, Chunze Yan, Richard Everson, Liang Hao. Preliminary investigation on cellular support structures using SLM process. Innovative developments in virtual and physical prototyping-Bartolo et al. (eds). 609-612, 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Paper Award. 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing, Singapore, 2014.
  • China’s National Technological Invention Award, Second Prize, 2011
  • Hubei Province Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, China, 2010
  • Hubei Province Excellent Academic Paper, Second Prize, 2010
  • Invited lectures at two international academic conferences (ICBC-2008 and APT’08, India, 2008)

Courses Taught

  • Teaching the course “Additive Manufacturing Technology” at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China
  • Teaching the course “Polymers and Processing Technology” at China University of Geosciences, and HUST, China
  • Supervised more than 5 undergraduate students to finish their student projects at University of Exeter, UK
  • Assisting supervisors in teaching, managing the projects and supervising master and PhD students at University of Exeter, UK. For example, Dr Hussein, Ahmed mentioned in the Acknowledgement of his thesis, “I would like to express my special thanks to Dr. Chunze Yan for his support in my experimental work. This PhD work would not have been possible without his guidance, encouragement, and experience.

Project

  • SAVING Project – Sustainable Product Development via Design Optimisation and Additive Manufacturing

I worked on the SAVING Project funded by UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to develop sustainable products via design optimization and additive manufacturing during Sept., 2010-Aug., 2012. Triple periodic minimal surface (TPMS) lattice structures were designed and successfully manufactured using stainless steel (316L), titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) and aluminium alloy (AlSi10Mg) through Selective Laser Melting (SLM) for the purposes of saving expensive functional materials, build time, energy consumption, and providing high performance such as high strengths accompanied by a relatively low mass, good energy absorption characteristics and good thermal and acoustic insulation properties to aerospace, medical and engineering products. The manufacturability, microstructure and mechanical properties of the metal TPMS lattices were thoroughly investigated.

  • Customised graphene-like 3D carbon architectures grown by chemical vapor deposition based on Ni lattice templates fabricated by additive manufacturing

I am working as a Research Fellow to develop a simple, reliable and repeatable technique for achieving customized graphene-like 3D carbon architectures via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) based on 3D Ni foams made by additive manufacturing. The well designed 3D Ni foams can be precisely fabricated by additive manufacturing, allowing realization of well-defined internal structures with pore interconnectivity and highly controllable pore geometry, pore size and distribution, and complex external shapes of 3D carbon architectures.

  • Hydroxyapatite (HA)/(graphene/CNTs) hybrid nanocomposites for medical applications

In this project, we are developing Hydroxyapatite (HA)/(graphene/carbon nanotubes (CNTs)) hybrid nanocomposites for medical applications. A novel hybrid of graphene and CNTs is incorporated to synergistically improve the mechanical properties of HA, especially fractured toughness. An in-situ method has been developed to prepare the nano-HA based nanocomposites, resulting in uniform dispersion and good interfacial bonding between the (graphene/CNTs) hybrid and ceramic matrix.

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