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Address: Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
433 1st Avenue, Room 810
New York, NY 10010, USA
Telephone: 212-998-9637
Fax:   212-995-4244
Email:   yz21@nyu.edu

Education
1997-2002 PhD Materials Science and Engineering
    School of Physics and Materials Engineering
    Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Thesis: “Erosion behaviour of engineering ceramics”

1995-1997 MS Condensed Matter Physics
    School of Physics
    La Trobe University, Victoria 3083, Australia
Thesis: “Molecular beam epitaxial growth and characterization of ZnSe”

1982-1986 BS Physics
    School of Physics
    Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, P. R. China
Thesis: “Evolution of Physics”

Grants and Contracts
1. NIH 2R01 DE017925
  PI. Yu Zhang  
  02/01/2012 – 01/31/2017
  Total cost: $1,886,500.00
  Title: Graded Zirconia Structures for Resistance to Chipping, Delamination, and Fatigue

2. NSF DMS-1436591
  PI. Robert Kohn
  09/01/2014 – 08/31/2017
  Total cost: $817,725
  Title: Adaptive Fine-Scale Structure Design: From Theory to Fabrication

3. NIH 2R01 AR056208  
PI. Yu Zhang
01/20/2013 – 08/31/2014
  PI. Racquel Z. LeGeros
09/15/2008 – 01/14/2013
Total cost: $3,230,000
Title: Biomaterials (MZF-CaP) for Osteoporosis Prevention, Therapy and Bone Repair Role: Principal Investigator (from 01/20/2013)

4. NSF CMMI-0758530
  PI. Yu Zhang
  06/15/2008 – 05/31/2011
  Total cost: $120,000
  Was granted for 1 year non-cost extension: 05/31/2011 – 05/30/2012
  Title: Fatigue Behavior of Functionally Graded CeramicsSynthesis, Experiments, and Analysis

5. NIH 1R01 DE017925
  PI. Yu Zhang
  09/01/2007 – 08/31/2010      
  Total cost: $1,153,750
  Was granted for 1 year non-cost extension: 09/01/2010 – 08/31/2011
  Title: Graded Structures for Damage Resistant All-Ceramic Restorations

6. NIH 1R43 AR056167
  PI. Kenneth L. Lambert      
  10/2009-12/31/2011
  Total cost: $509,669
  Title: Calcium Phosphate Bone Cement Nanocomposites

7. Stryker  
PI. Yu Zhang
06/20/2013 – 11/30/2014
PI. Racquel Z. LeGeros
11/01/2012 – 06/14/2013
Total cost: $74,750
Title: Characterization of Stryker Orthopaedics PureFixTM Plasma-Sprayed Hydroxyapate (HA) Coating

8. New York University Research Challenge Fund
  PI. Yu Zhang
  06/01/2006-05/31/2008
  Total cost: $9,000
  Title: Damage Resistant All-Ceramic Dental Restorations with Graded Structure

Employment History
7/2013-present Associate Professor with tenure
Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010, USA
7/2011-7/2013 Associate Professor
Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010, USA
2/2005-7/2011 Assistant Professor
Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010, USA
11/2002-2/2005 Research Fellow
New York University College of Dentistry
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Paffenbarger Research Center, American Dental Association Health Foundation (joint project)
  Project: “Machinable ceramics and novel scaffolds: optimizing performance and properties for biomechanical applications”
9/2001-10/2002 Research Fellow
School of Physics and Materials Engineering
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Project: “Gelcasting of engineering ceramics and fabrication of ceramic-lined steel pipes using centrifugal-thermite coating technique”

Research Activities
• Development of functionally graded ceramic structures for damage resistance and aesthetics and/or bioactivities.
New York University College of Dentistry
(Feb. 2005 – present)
• Fatigue behavior of functionally graded ceramicsSynthesis, experiments, and analysis.
New York University College of Dentistry
National Institute of Standards and Technology
(Joint project, Jun. 2008 – present)
• Damage initiation and propagation in ceramic dental restorations.
New York University College of Dentistry
National Institute of Standards and Technology
(Joint project, Nov. 2002 – present)
• Mechanical reliability and lifetime prediction for biomechanical structures—all-ceramic dental crowns and ceramic hip components.
New York University College of Dentistry
National Institute of Standards and Technology
(Joint project, Nov. 2002 – present)
• Development of novel ceramic matrix composites for dental applications and scaffolds for bone regeneration.
New York University College of Dentistry
(Feb. 2006 – present)  
• Microwave sintering of dental ceramics for restorative dentistry.
New York University College of Dentistry
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
(Joint project, Feb. 2007 – present)
• Effects of MZF-CaP compounds on bone properties.
New York University College of Dentistry
(Oct. 2008 – present)
• Development of novel ceramic/polymer composites for dental application and scaffolds for bone regeneration.
New York University College of Dentistry
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Paffenbarger Research Center, American Dental Association Health Foundation
(Joint project, Aug. 2003 – Apr. 2005)
• Gelcasting of engineering ceramics.
Materials Science and Engineering Department, Monash University
(Sept. 2001 – Oct. 2002)
• Fabrication of ceramic-lined steel pipes using centrifugal-thermite coating technique.
Materials Science and Engineering Department, Monash University
(Sept. 2001 – Oct. 2002)
• Microstructural tailoring of silicon nitride based ceramics.
Materials Science and Engineering Department, Monash University
(Jul. 1997 – Feb. 2002)
• Erosion behaviour of advanced ceramics.
Materials Science and Engineering Department, Monash University
Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
(Joint project, Jul. 1997 – Feb. 2002)
• Semiconductor surface science and molecular beam epitaxy.
  School of Physics, La Trobe University
  (Feb. 1995 – Feb. 1997)

Conference Organizer and Session Chair
• Organizing committee, 2015 International Conference on Materials Processing Technology (MPT 2015), July 19th – 21st, 2015 Shanghai, China
• Symposium organizer, Symposium on Natural and Synthetic Biomaterials, The 13th International Symposium on Multiscale, Multifunctional & Functionally Graded Materials (MM&FGM2014), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014
• Session chair, Seq#25, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Ceramics, IADR, June 2014
• Symposium organizer, Symposium on the Performance of Zirconia-Based and Lithium Disilicate Glass-Ceramic Dental Restorations, 2013 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session
• Conference scientific program committee member, The 4th International Symposium on Apatites and Correlative Biomaterials, Manila, Philippines, 2008
• Session chair, Seq#276, Zirconia Chipping, Fatigue and Fracture, IADR, June 2012
• Session chair, Seq#42, Keynote Address and Zirconia Grit-blasting and Aging; Ceramic Chip Resistance and Strengthening, IADR/AADR, March 2012
• Session chair, Seq#33, Ceramic Processing and Fatigue, IADR, March 2011
• Session chair, Seq#21, Keynote Address and Fracture Mechanics, Stress and Fatigue, AADR, March 2010
• Session chair, Seq#64, New Developments in Ceramics and Composites (PDS), AADR, March 2010
• Session chair, Seq#157, Ceramic Surfaces, Interfaces, Graded Structures and Cements, AADR, March 2010
• Session 8 chair: Composites, The 4th International Symposium on Apatites and Correlative Biomaterials, September 2008
• Session GG5 chair: Mechanics and Deformation of Biomaterials, 2008 MRS Spring Meeting, March 2008
• Seq#197, Keynote Address and Ceramics: New Techniques, IADR, June 2006.

Membership and services
• Secretary, the Dental Materials Group of the International Association of Dental Research, June 2014 - present
• Group Program Chair, Dental Materials 3: Ceramic-based Materials and Cements, 91th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research, Seattle, Washington, USA, March 2013 (overseeing 6 oral, 1 poster discussion, and 6 poster sessions, a total 152 abstracts)
• Group Program Chair, Dental Materials 3: Ceramic-based Materials and Cements, 90th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, June 2012 (overseeing 4 oral and 5 poster sessions, a total 122 abstracts)
• Group Program Chair, Dental Materials 3: Ceramic-based Materials and Cements, American Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Tampa, Florida, USA, March 2012 (overseeing 4 oral, 1 poster discussion, and 4 poster sessions, a total 72 abstracts)
• Group Program Chair, Dental Materials 3: Ceramic-based Materials and Cements, 89th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research, San Diego, California, USA, March 2011 (overseeing 6 oral, 1 poster discussion, and 6 poster sessions, a total 155 abstracts)
• Group Program Chair, Dental Materials 3: Ceramic-based Materials and Cements, American Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Washington, DC, USA, March 2010
• Member, Materials Research Society
• Member, International Association of Dental Research
• Member, American Association of Dental Research
• Member, Australian Ceramic Society
• Reviewer, Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, ZRG1 MOSS-U02, Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Sciences, National Institutes of Health
• Reviewer, Scientific Review Panel for Small Business: Oral, Dental Craniofacial Sciences, ZRG1 MOSS K(11), National Institutes of Health
• Reviewer, Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, 2013/01 ZRG1 MOSS-K (11), National Institutes of Health
• Reviewer, Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, ZRG1 MOSS, National Institutes of Health
• Reviewer, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Collaborative Health Research Projects — Partnership with National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
• Reviewer, The STW programme, Open technologieprogramma STW, Dutch Technology Foundation STW (a Dutch funding agency for academic research in the field of applied sciences)
• Reviewer, The University of Toledo, Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Awards
  Program
• Reviewer, The University of Missouri Research Board
• Reviewer, Acta Biomaterialia
• Reviewer, Acta Materialia
• Reviewer, Dental Materials
• Reviewer, International Journal of Materials Research
• Reviewer, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A
• Reviewer, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B – Applied Biomaterials
• Reviewer, Journal of Dentistry
• Reviewer, Journal of Dental Research
• Reviewer, Journal of Materials Research
• Reviewer, Journal of the American Ceramic Society