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Sophie Yue Zhang

Sophie Yue Zhang

Higher Research Scientist

Sophie joined NPL in February 2018 as a Higher Research Scientist to work on corrosion and stress corrosion cracking research for the power generation and nuclear industries.

Sophie completed her PhD in Corrosion of Biomaterials at the University of Birmingham (UK), having obtained a BEng degree in Materials Science from the same institution, with her final year research project investigating microstructure and mechanical properties of cast aircraft components used for Airbus A350. Her PhD was supervised by Prof Alison Davenport and Prof Owen Addison, and considered corrosion of Ti and its alloys used for biomedical implants. During her PhD she worked as a visiting scholar for 3 months in Centre for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, University of Virginia (USA) and for 10 months at the University of Alberta (Canada) for collaborative research.

Areas of interest

Sophie’s current research interests involve environmentally assisted cracking of steam turbine disc and blade steels, as well as atmospheric stress corrosion cracking of stainless steels.

Sophie’s other interests include the corrosion of metallic alloys for biomedical applications. In this area she specialises in the corrosion and electrochemical metrology of alloys in simulated physiological solutions, including the role of protein and inflammatory cells induced metal dissolution behaviour.

Selected publications

  1. Zhang, Y., Addison, O., Yu, F., Troconis, B. C. Rincon, Scully, J. R., Davenport, A. J., Time‑dependent Enhanced Corrosion of Ti6Al4V in the Presence of H2O2 and Albumin. Scientific Reports, 2018. 8(1): p. 3185.
  2. Zhang, Y., Addison, O., Gostin, P. F., Morrell, A., Cook, A. J. M. C., Liens, A., Wu, J., Ignatyev, K., Mihai, S., Davenport, A. J., In-Situ Synchrotron X-ray Characterization of Corrosion Products in Zr Artificial Pits in Simulated Physiological Solutions. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2017. 164(14): p. C1003-C1012.
  3. Zhang, Y., Davenport, A. J., Burke, B., Vyas, N., Addison, O., Effect of Zr Addition on the Corrosion of Ti in Acidic and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)-Containing Environments. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2018. 4(3): p. 1103-1111.

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