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Professor Zhongyun Fan
Director - BCAST - (Professor)


Fan is a professor of metallurgy, the founder and Director of BCAST at Brunel University London. He is the principal investigator/director of the EPSRC funded LiME Research Hub, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering. He is also the principal investigator for the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Circular Metals.

He has published over 400 scientific papers with an H-Index of 59 and a total citation of 14071 (Google Scholar). He has led a wide range of research projects as principal investigator with grants totalling over £70M.

He has been chairman of 4 major international conferences and members international scientific committee of 6 international conferences. He was the co-chairmen of the Casting and Solidification Society (IOM3, 2012-2018), is a Board Member of the Light Metals Division (IOM3), a Fellow of the Institute of IOM3 and the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME). He was the recipient of the Elegant Work Prize (1995), the Cook/Ablett Award (2003) and Dowding Medal and Prize (2012) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

He obtained his first degree in Metallurgy from University of Science and Technology Beijing and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Surrey. He started his academic career in 1997 at Brunel University, and prior to this he was a research fellow at University of Oxford and University of Surrey.


PhD      Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Surrey, UK                     1989 - 1993

MSc     Department of Metallurgy, University of Science & Technology, Beijing, China                  1985 - 1988

BSc      Department of Metallurgy, University of Science & Technology, Beijing, China                  1978 - 1982

Newest selected publications

Fan, Z. and Men, H. (2022) 'Heterogeneous Nucleation and Grain Initiation on a Single Substrate'. Metals, 12 (9). pp. 1 - 19.Open Access Link

Journal article

Wang, Y., Fang, C., Zhou, L., Hashimoto, T., Zhou, X., Ramasse, QM. and et al. (2018) 'Mechanism for Zr poisoning of Al-Ti-B based grain refiners'. Acta Materialia, 164 (1 February 2019). pp. 428 - 439. ISSN: 1359-6454 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ji, S., Yang, W., Gao, F., Watson, D. and Fan, Z. (2013) 'Effect of iron on the microstructure and mechanical property of Al-Mg-Si-Mn and Al-Mg-Si diecast alloys'. Materials Science and Engineering A, 564. pp. 130 - 139. ISSN: 0921-5093 Open Access Link

Journal article

Li, HT., Wang, Y. and Fan, Z. (2012) 'Mechanisms of enhanced heterogeneous nucleation during solidification in binary Al-Mg alloys'. Acta Materialia, 60 (4). pp. 1528 - 1537. ISSN: 1359-6454 Open Access Link

Journal article

Fan, Z. and Stone, IC. (2011) 'Solidification Science and Technology'. Uxbridge: Brunel University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-902316-99-4

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