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z.tong@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471284


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Biography

Dr Zhen Tong joined the Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) of the University of Huddersfield in May 2015 and became the Leader of CPT Ultra-Precision Manufacturing Group (UPMG), and responsible for managing the CPT’s Ultra-Precision Manufacturing Lab. He has substantial experience in ultra-precision diamond turning (SPDT, FTS, STS), micromachining, diamond grinding, polishing and focused ion beam (FIB) nanofabrication, process modelling and data analysis, and surface functionality. He is an active academic member of European Society for Precision Engineering & Nanotechnology (EUSPEN), the UK FIB and EM sample Preparation group (FIB&Pre), International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of UK.

Dr Zhen Tong has a BEng degree in Material Modelling and Control System awarded in 2007, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Manufacture and Automation awarded in 2010 from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). He moved to UK in 2011 after receiving the full scholarship of Scottish Overseas Research Students Awards (SORSAS) and James Watt Scholarship (JWS). He has a diversity of PhD research study experience in UK by studying/research in three world class universities including Heriot-Watt University (2011-2012), University of Huddersfield (2012-2013), and University of Strathclyde (2013-2014) where he received his PhD degree on Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management in Mar. 2015. This unique research experience has made him a matured and excellent scholar in both the ultra-precision manufacturing and surface metrology.

His research work now aims at the development of a deterministic ultra-precision manufacturing chain for next generation high value-added products. He has been involved in three EPSRC research programmes as a key researcher, with significant contribution on the fundamental study of ultra-precision diamond machining, development of novel surface structuring technologies, and nano-characterization of nanostructures and subsurface damage. His research work now focuses on micro-nanomanufacturing technologies for novel engineering materials, embedded measurement and process control, advanced optics manufacturing and application, R& D equipment for ultra-precision manufacturing, and process modelling and big data analysis for smart manufacturing. 

Teaching Experience

  • 2013-2014 Approved Tutor for course of DM100, DM948, DMEM, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • 2011-2012 Approved Tutor for courses of B58DB1, B59DF2 and B51GK, EPS, Heriot-Watt University, UK 
  • 2009 - 2011 Teaching & Management Assistant, school of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China.

Research and Scholarship

Dr Zhen Tong and his research group have established expertise in ultra-precision machining, process modelling and data analysis, and surface functionality, as evidenced by more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, book chapters (Precision Manufacturing and Precision Machines), three opening oral presentations on EUSPEN international conference, invited talks at top precision engineering research institutes and companies.

Since 2009, he has been involved in the following research projects as a key researcher: the projects of EPSRC’s Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology (EP/I033424/1), EPSRC’s Miniature Flexible & Reconfigurable Manufacturing System for 3D Micro-products (EP/K018345/1), Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership for PhD Studies, and a National Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (No.50925521).

In 2017 Dr Zhen Tong (Co-Investigator) has successfully secured a €5 million Horizon 2020 research grant for micro-structured surface manufacturing (FOF-06-767589 ProSurf, with 13 EU academic and industrial partners).

Major Research Area

  • Micro-nanomanufacturing technologies for functional freeform/structured surfaces;
  • Embedded measurement and process control in ultra-precision machining;
  • Advanced optics design, manufacture and application;
  • R&D equipment for ultra-precision manufacturing;
  • Process modelling and big data analysis for smart manufacturing.

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Honours and Awards

  • Jul. 2017 "Science and Technology Innovation Prize", The 12th Chunhui Cup Entrepreneur & Innovation Competition
  • Nov. 2016 Santander short-term visit funding of 2016/17
  • Nov. 2015 Santander short-term visit funding of 2015/16
  • Mar. 2013 Heidenham Scholarship, 10th Lamdamap International Conference, 2013
  • Apr. 2011 Scottish Overseas Research Students Awards (SORSAS) and James Watt Scholarship (JWS), Heriot-Watt University, 2011 (Full scholarship with maintenance, standing at 1st place)
  • Jul. 2010 “Gold Medal Prize”, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2010 (Top 5% all over graduates of HIT)

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Article

Bai, J., Bai, Q., Tong, Z., Hu, C. and He, X. (2016) ‘Evolution of surface grain structure and mechanical properties in orthogonal cutting of titanium alloyJournal of Materials Research , 31 (24), pp. 3919-3929. ISSN 0884-2914

Tong, Z., Jiang, X., Luo, X., Bai, Q., Blunt, L., Xu, Z. and Liang, Y. (2016) ‘Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materialsCurrent Nanoscience , 12 (6), pp. 685-695. ISSN 1573-4137

Bai, Q., He, X., Bai, J. and Tong, Z. (2016) ‘An atomistic investigation of the effect of strain on frictional properties of suspended grapheneAIP Advances , 6 (5), p. 055308. ISSN 2158-3226

Tong, Z., Xu, Z., Wu, W. and Luo, X. (2015) ‘Molecular dynamic simulation of low-energy FIB irradiation induced damage in diamondNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms , 358, pp. 38-44. ISSN 0168-583X

Tong, Z. and Luo, X. (2015) ‘Investigation of focused ion beam induced damage in single crystal diamond toolsApplied Surface Science , 347, pp. 727-735. ISSN 0169-4332

Rajput, N., Tong, Z., Verma, H. and Luo, X. (2015) ‘Ion-beam-assisted fabrication and manipulation of metallic nanowiresMicro & Nano Letters , 10 (7), pp. 334-338. ISSN 1750-0443

Tong, Z., Luo, X., Sun, J., Liang, Y. and Jiang, X. (2015) ‘Investigation of a scale-up manufacturing approach for nanostructures by using a nanoscale multi-tip diamond toolInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology . ISSN 0268-3768

Rajput, N., Tong, Z. and Luo, X. (2014) ‘Investigation of ion induced bending mechanism for nanostructuresMaterials Research Express , 2 (1). ISSN 2053-1591

Luo, X., Tong, Z. and Liang, Y. (2014) ‘Investigation of the shape transferability of nanoscale multi-tip diamond tools in the diamond turning of nanostructuresApplied Surface Science , 321, pp. 495-502. ISSN 0169-4332

Tong, Z., Liang, Y., Yang, X. and Luo, X. (2014) ‘Investigation on the thermal effects during nanometric cutting process while using nanoscale diamond toolsInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology , 74 (9-12), pp. 1709-1718. ISSN 0268-3768

Tong, Z., Liang, Y., Jiang, X. and Luo, X. (2014) ‘An atomistic investigation on the mechanism of machining nanostructures when using single tip and multi-tip diamond toolsApplied Surface Science , 290, pp. 458-465. ISSN 0169-4332

Liang, Y., Liu, J., Sun, Y., Lu, L. and Tong, Z. (2011) ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of an Aerostatic Journal Bearing with Slot-Entry RestrictorsAdvanced Science Letters , 4 (8-10), pp. 2817-2821. ISSN 1936-6612

Chen, J., Liang, Y., Yu, X., Wang, Z. and Tong, Z. (2011) ‘Deformation Mechanism of Diamond Nanocutting Single-Crystal Copper Using Molecular Dynamics SimulatioAdvanced Materials Research , 239-42, pp. 2775-2778. ISSN 1662-8985

Bai, Q., Tong, Z., Liang, Y., Chen, J. and Wang, Z. (2010) ‘Simulation of scale dependency on tensile mechanical properties of single crystal copper nano-rodActa Metall Sin , 46 (10), pp. 1173-1180. ISSN 1006-7191

Chen, J., Liang, Y., Yuan, X., Wang, Z. and Tong, Z. (2010) ‘MD simulation of nanocutting process: removal mechanism, defects evolvement, and characterization</title>Proceedings of SPIE , 7655, p. 76550J-76550J. ISSN 0277-786X

Yang, L., Wang, Z., Liang, Y., Chen, M., Tong, Z., Chen, J., Namba, Y., Walker, D. and Li, S. (2010) ‘Analysis about diamond tool wear in nano-metric cutting of single crystal silicon using molecular dynamics methodProceedings of SPIE , 7655, p. 76550O-76550O. ISSN 0277-786X

Book

Luo, X., Cao, Y. and Tong, Z. (2015) Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC'14) Future Automation, Computing & Manufacturing . ICAC. Strathclyde, UK: University of Strathclyde Press. ISBN 978-1-909522-02-2

Book Section

Tong, Z., Luo, X. and Sun, J. (2014) ‘Investigation of a scale-up manufacturing approach for nanostructures using multi-tip nanoscale diamond tool’. In: Proceedings of the 14 th international conference of the european society for precision engineering and nanotechnology. : Euspen. pp. 347-350. ISBN 9780956679031

Tong, Z., Luo, X., Liang, Y., Bai, Q. and Sun, J. (2012) ‘Simulation Research on FIB Processing: A Comparison between Silicon and Diamond’. In: Proceedings of the18th International Conference on Automation and Computing. Loughborough, UK: IEEE. pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-1-4673-1722-1

Liang, Y., Tong, Z., Bai, Q., Chen, J. and Wang, Z. (2011) ‘Simulation on tensile mechanical properties of single crystal copper nanostructures with different hole configurations’. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Heterogeneous Material Mechanics. : DesTech Publications. pp. 132-135. ISBN 978-1-60595-054-9

Conference Item

Young, C., Blunt, L. and Tong, Z. (2017) ‘Development of an ultra-precision grinding technique for the production of structured micro-patches on ceramics and tool steel’. In: euspen's 17th International Conference, 29 May - 2 June 2017, Hannover, Germany

Li, D., Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Tong, Z., Williamson, J. and Young, C. (2017) ‘Development of on-machine measurement for ultra-precision machining’. In: euspen's 17th International Conference, 29 May - 2 June 2017, Hannover, Germany

Li, D., Ding, F., Jiang, X., Blunt, L. and Tong, Z. (2017) ‘Calibration of an interferometric surface measurement system on an ultra-precision turning lathe’. In: Lamdamap 12th International Conference & Exhibition, 15-16th March 2017, Renishaw Innovation Centre, UK

Mohamed, Z., Blunt, L., Young, C., Tong, Z. and Li, D. (2017) ‘Development of precision polishing machine based on a hexapod’. In: euspen's 17th International Conference, 29 May - 2 June 2017, Hannover, Germany

Tong, Z., Jiang, X., Bai, Q. and Blunt, L. (2017) ‘Atomistic investigation of FIB-induced damage in diamond cutting tools under various ion irradiation conditions’. In: 17th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2017, 29 May - 2 June 2017, Hannover

Bai, J., Bai, Q., He, X. and Tong, Z. (2016) ‘A multiscale simulation investigation on subsurface dislocation motion evolution mechanism in ultra-precision machining process’. In: EUSPEN Conference 2016, 30/05/16 - 03/06/16, Nottingham

Young, C., Blunt, L., Mohamed, Z. and Tong, Z. (2016) ‘Development of ultra-precision abrasive machining of functional structured surfaces’. In: The euspen’s 16th international conference & exhibition, 30 May 2016, Notthingham

Tong, Z., Jiang, X., Bai, Q., Blunt, L. and Luo, X. (2016) ‘Atomistic investigation of the wear of nanoscale diamond cutting tools shaped by focused ion beam’. In: Euspen’s 16th international conference, 30/05/16 - 03/06/16, Nottingham

Tong, Z., Luo, X., Blunt, L. and Jiang, X. (2013) ‘An atomistic investigation of FIB process damage on diamond’. In: The 13th International EUSPEN Conference & Exhibition, 27th-30th May 2013, Berlin, Germany , pp. 265-268

Tong, Z. and Luo, X. (2013) ‘An atomistic investigation of nanometric cutting process using a multi-tip single crystal diamond tool’. In: Lamdamap 10th International Conference, 20th-21st March 2013, Buckinghamshire, UK , pp. 289-297

Esteem

  • Opening oral presentations on the 17th EUSPEN International Conference & Exhibition 2017 Hannover, Germany
  • Opening oral presentations on the 16th EUSPEN International Conference & Exhibition 2016 Nottingham, UK
  • Management Committee for Centre for Precision Technologies 2015-present
  • Programme committee for the 11th International Conference on Autonomic Computing 2014 (ICAC'14)
  • Best paper award, Lamdamap 10th International Conference, 2013
  • Invited Reviewer for Journal of Material Research, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Surface Topography-Metrology and Properties, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Precision Engineering, Applied Surface Science, Journal of Physics D Applied Physics, Measurement Science and Technology, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Part B (reviewing 10 to 15 papers per year)

Research Degree Supervision

General project areas

  • Micro-nanomanufacturing technologies for functional freeform/structured surfaces;
  • Embedded measurement and process control in ultra-precision machining;
  • Advanced optics design, manufacture and application;
  • R&D equipment for ultra-precision manufacturing;
  • Process modelling and big data analysis for smart manufacturing

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Zhen Tong

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