Department of Materials


Dr Hongtao Zhang BSc, MEng, PhD.

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Deputy Director of Loughborough-China Materials Partnership (LCMP) Programme

LCMP Admissions Tutor


Hongtao completed his B.Eng and M.Eng in Physical Metallurgy from Sichuan University, P. R. China. He then worked as a lecturer in Lanzhou University, China. His doctoral work at Queen Mary University of London was on processing and characterisation of lead-free ferroelectric ceramics with high Curie points for harsh environments. Subsequently he worked in the Department of Materials at Oxford University as a Research Fellow for more than six years. The projects involved “Smart materials using electrochemical energy storage devices” and “Manufacturing of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys for fission and fusion power”. Following this, Hongtao successfully gained a lecturing post at Loughborough University in 2014. He has been the Loughborough-China Materials Partnership (LCMP) Deputy Programme Director since 2017.


  • B.Eng, 1992, Sichuan University, China
  • M.Eng, 1995, Sichuan University, China
  • PhD, 2006, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016


Outline of main research interests:

  • Solid-state lithium ion batteries for energy storage applications
  • Ferroelectric ceramics for energy storage and photocatalysis applications
  • Ceramic matrix composites and high entropy alloys for nuclear applications
  • Non-equilibrium processing of nanostructured metals and ceramics, such as mechanochemical synthesis, spark plasma sintering, cold sintering process
  • Scalable and flexible energy storage devices produced by solution-based approaches, such as spray deposition, etc.

 Grants and contracts:

  • Designed Ceramic Nanocomposites for Advantaged Armor Performance, funded by DSTL, Co-I, 2018 – 2020
  • Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures Themoelectrics & Clean Energy Forum, in Xi’an, China, Nov 2018, funded by UK Foreign Office, Co-I, 2018
  • STFC Batteries Early Career Award, PI, 2017

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • DSA004 Technology in Industrial Design
  • MPA322 Materials Applications
  • MPB312 Materials processing
  • MPC014 Materials in Service
  • MPC114 Composites
  • MPC103 Industrial case study
  • MPP552/652 Design with engineering materials
  • MPP554/654 Ceramics: processing and properties
  • Supervision of final year/MSc projects

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Loughborough-China Materials Partnership (LCMP) Deputy Programme Director
  • Tutor for undergraduates and LCMP students
  • Research Area Lead for 'Advanced Materials'

Recent publications: 

  • Zhang H, Qi W, Wang Y, Wu J, Hu Z, Jia C, Relaxor ferroelectric and photocatalytic properties of BaBi4Ti4O15, Advances in Applied Ceramics: Structural, Functional and Bioceramics, 2019, 118, 418.
  • Zhang H, Yu T, Bao X, Current understanding and applications of the cold sintering process, Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, 2019, in press.
  • Zhang H,Cao J, Koval V, Zhang H, Lin Y, Wu J, Meng N, Li Y, Li Z, Yan H, Crystal structure and electrical properties of textured Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 ceramics, J. Euro. Ceram. Soc., 2019, 39, 1042.
  • Zhang H,Auger M.A, Huang Y, Jones C.A, Hong Z, Moody M.P, Roberts S.G, Grant P.S, Microstructural and mechanical characterization of Fe-14Cr-0.22Hf alloy fabricated by spark plasma sintering, J. Alloys and Compounds, 2018, 762, 678.
  • Zhang H,Liu T, Wang L, Wang C, Shen H, Feasibility of using Y2Ti2O7 nanoparticles to fabricate high strength oxide dispersion strengthened Fe-Cr-Al steels, Materials & Design, 2015, 88, 862.

Selected publications:


  • Zhang H,Huang Y, Roberts S.G, Grant P.S, M.J. Reece, Processing and microstructure characterization of oxide dispersion strengthened Fe-14Cr-0.4Ti-0.25Y2O3 ferritic steels fabricated by spark plasma sintering, J. Nucl. Mater. 2015, 464, 61.
  • Zhang H,Gorley MJ, Chong KB, Fitzpatrick ME, Roberts S.G, Grant P.S, An in-situ powder neutron diffraction study of nano-precipitate formation during processing of oxide-dispersion-strengthened ferritic steels, J. Alloy. Compounds, 2014, 582, 769.
  • Zhang H,Yan H, Ning H, Reece M.J, Eriksson M, Shen Z, Kan Y, and Wang P, Effect of grain size on the dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Bi3.15Nd0.85Ti3O12 ceramics prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering, Nanotechnology, 2009, 20, 385708.
  • Zhang H,Yan H, Ubic R, Reece M.J, Dong X, Thermal depoling of high Tc Aurivillius phase ferroelectric ceramics, Applied Physics Letters, 2005, 87, 082911.
  • Zhang H,Yan H, Ubic R, Reece M.J, Liu J, Shen Z, Zhang Z, A lead-free high Curie point ferroelectric ceramic, CaBi2Nb2O9, Advanced Materials, 2005, 17, 1261.


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External Collaborators: 

  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Oxford University

External roles and appointments: 

  • External PhD Examiner for Hull University
  • Active reviewers for multiple journals including: J. Physics D: Appl. Physics; Materials Research Bulletin; J. Am. Ceram. Soc; Ceramics International, J. Alloy & Compounds; Advances in Applied Ceramics, etc.

Personal affiliations: 

  • Member, Institute of Physics