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Min Zou

Min Zou

Professor, 21st Century Professorship

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

(MEEG)-Mechanical Engineering

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Dr. Zou is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA) and currently holds a 21st Century Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. She is also a faculty member of the Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the interdisciplinary Microelectronics-photonics (microEP) Graduate Program at the UA. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 with prior work experience at the Shanghai Aircraft Research Institute (1991-1994). Before joining the UA in August 2003, she was a Senior Advisory Development Engineer and then a Staff Engineer at Seagate Technology (1999-2003), where she contributed to the new technology development of the computer hard drive head-disk interface.

  • Nano-surface-engineering
  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanotribology
  • Nanotechnology Lab
  • Introduction to Tribology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • B.S, Aerospace Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  • M.S, Aerospace Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Invited Book Chapters

  1. Gresham, R. M., Canter, N. M., Zabawski, E. S. and Zou, M. 2015. Lubrication and Lubricants. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 1–77.
  2. Zou, M. and Wang, H. (2013). Mechanical Properties and Deformation Behavior of Ni Nanodot-Patterned Surfaces. In S. K. Sinha,  N. Satyanarayana, and S. C. Lim (Eds.), Nano-tribology and Materials in MEMS (pp. 111-145). Berlin, Springer.
  3. Zou, M. (2011). Effects of Micro- and Nanoscale Texturing on Surface Adhesion and Friction. In Y.-H. Chung (Ed), Micro- and Nanoscale Phenomena in Tribology (pp. 103-151). Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press.

Refereed Journal Publications (* denotes corresponding authors)

  1. Choudhury, D., Rebenda, D., Sasaki, S., Hekrle, P., Vrbka, M., and Zou, M.*, "Enhanced lubricant film formation through micro-dimpled hard-on-hard artificial hip joint: an in-situ observation of dimple shape effects," Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol. 81, pp. 120-129, 2018.
  2. Araujo Borges, R., Choudhury, D., and Zou, M.*, "3D printed PCU/UHMWPE polymeric blend for artificial knee meniscus," Tribology International, Vol. 122, pp. 1-7, 2018.
  3. Choudhury, D., Ranuša, M., Fleming, R.A., Vrbka, M., Krupka. I., Teeter, M.G., Goss, J., and Zou, M.*, “Mechanical Wear and Oxidative Degradation Analysis of Retrieved Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Acetabular Cups,” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol. 79, pp. 314-323, 2018.
  4. Steck, J.G., Fleming, R.A., Goss, J.A., and Zou, M.*, "Deformation and Fatigue Resistance of Al/a-Si Core-Shell Nanostructures Subjected to Cyclic Nanoindentation," Applied Surface Science, Vol. 433, pp. 617-626, 2018.
  5. Fleming, R.A. and Zou, M.*, “Nanostructure-Textured Surfaces with Low Friction and High Deformation Resistance,” Tribology Transactions, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 80-87, 2018.
  6. Orishchin, N. Crane, C.C., Brownell, M., Wang, T., Jenkins, S., Zou, M., Nair, A., and Chen, J.*, “Rapid Deposition of Uniform Polydopamine Coatings on Nanoparticle Surfaces with Controllable Thickness,” Langmuir, Vol. 33 (24), pp 6046–6053, 2017.
  7. Fleming, R.A. and Zou, M.*, “The Effects of Confined Core Volume on the Mechanical Behavior of Al/a-Si Core-Shell Nanostructures,” Acta Materialia, Vol. 128, pp. 149-159, 2017.
  8. Fleming, R.A. and Zou, M.*, “Material Dimensionality Effects on the Nanoindentation Behavior of Al/a-Si Core-Shell Nanostructures,” Applied Surface Science, Vol. 412, pp. 96-104, 2017.
  9. Choudhury, D., Lackner, J., Fleming, R.A., Goss, J., Chen, J., and Zou, M.*, “Diamond-like carbon coatings with zirconium-containing interlayers for orthopedic implants,” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol. 68, pp. 51–61, 2017.
  10. Beckford, S., Cai, J., Fleming, R.A., and Zou, M.*, “The Effects of Graphite Filler on the Tribological Properties of Polydopamine/PTFE Coatings,” Tribol Lett (2016) 64:42. doi:10.1007/s11249-016-0777-5.
  11. Beckford, S., Mathurin, L., Chen, J., Fleming, R., and Zou, M.*, “The Effects of Polydopamine Coated Cu Nanoparticles on the Tribological Properties of Polydopamine/PTFE Coatings,” Tribology International, Vol. 103, pp. 87-94, 2016.
  12. Mohanty, B., Ivanoff, T. A., Alagoz, A.S., Karabacak, T., and Zou, M.*, “Study of the Anisotropic Frictional and Deformation Behavior of Surfaces Textured with Silver Nanorods,” Tribology International, Vol. 92, pp. 439-445, 2015.
  13. Beckford, S., Mathurin, L., Chen, J., and Zou, M.*, “The Influence of Cu Nanoparticles on the Tribological Properties of Polydopamine/PTFE + Cu Films,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 59:11, 2015.
  14. Thompson, C. and Zou, M.*, “Polyvinylpyrrolidone Adhesion Layer for Increased Uniformity and Optical Transmittance of Silica Nanoparticle Antireflective Coatings,” Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Vol. 29, No. 10, pp. 943-953, 2015.
  15. Beckford, S., Cai, J., Chen, J., and Zou, M.*, “Use of Au Nanoparticle-Filled PTFE Films to Produce Low-Friction and Low-Wear Surface Coatings,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 56, pp. 223-230, 2014.
  16. Mohanty, B., Morton, B., Alagoz, A.S., Karabacak, T., and Zou, M.*, “Frictional Anisotropy of Tilted Molybdenum Nanorods Fabricated by Glancing Angle Deposition,” Tribology International, Vol. 80, pp. 216–221, 2014.
  17. Beckford, S. and Zou, M.*, “Wear Resistant PTFE Thin Film Enabled by a Polydopamine Adhesive Layer,” Applied Surface Science, Vol. 292, pp. 350–356, 2014.
  18. Morehead, J. and Zou, M.*, “Superhydrophilic Surface on Cu Substrate to Enhance Lubricant Retention,” Superhydrophilic Surfaces: Special Issue of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology (JAST), Vol. 28, pp. 833-842, 2014. (Invited paper)
  19. Fleming, R. and Zou, M.*, “Fabrication of Stable Superhydrophilic Surfaces on Titanium Substrates,” Superhydrophilic Surfaces: Special Issue of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology (JAST), Vol. 28, pp. 823-832, 2014. (Invited paper)
  20. Fleming, R.A. and Zou, M.*, “Silica Nanoparticle-based Films on Titanium Substrates with Long-term Superhydrophilic and Superhydrophobic Stability,” Applied Surface Science, Vol. 280, pp. 820– 827, 2013.
  21. Thompson, C.S., Fleming, R.A., and Zou, M.*, “Transparent Self-cleaning and Antifogging Silica Nanoparticle Films,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 115, pp. 108-113, 2013.
  22. Osborn, L* and Zou, M., “Enhanced Tribological Properties of Surfaces Patterned with SU8/DLC Microstructures,” Inquiry, Vol. 15, pp. 69-86, 2013.
  23. Thompson, C.S.*, Fleming, R.A., and Zou, M., “Extreme Surface Wetting for Solar Panel Applications,” Advancing Microelectronics, Volume 39, No. 6, Solar Packaging, pp. 12-15, 2012 (Invited paper).
  24. Zou, M.*, Arguelles, A., and Wang, Y.A., “Tribological Properties of Quantum Dot/PMMA Nanocomposite Films,” World Journal of Engineering, Vol.8 Supplement 1, 2011, ICCE-19 detailed short papers, pp. 1373-1374.
  25. Beckford, S., Wang, A. Y., and Zou, M.*, “Wear Resistant PTFE/SiO2 Nanoparticle Composite Films,” Tribology Transactions, Vol. 49, No. 01, pp. 66 – 71, 2011. (Best Paper Award, STLE)
  26. Tidwell, W., Scott, D., Wang, H., Fleming, R.A., and Zou, M.*, “Nanoindentation Study of Deformation-Resistant Al/a-Si Core-Shell Nanostructures,” Acta Materialia, Vol. 59, pp. 6110–6116, 2011.
  27. Beckford S. and Zou, M.*, “Micro/Nano Engineering on Stainless Steel substrates to Produce Superhydrophobic Surfaces,” Thin Solid Films, Vol. 520, No. 5, pp. 1520-1524, 2011.
  28. Beckford, S., Langston, N., Zou, M.*, and Wei, R. “Fabrication of durable hydrophobic surfaces through surface texturing,” Applied Surface Science, Vol. 257, pp. 5688–5693, 2011.
  29. Morton, B., Wang, H., Fleming, R., Zou, M.*, “Nanoscale Surface Engineering with Deformation-resistant Core-shell Nanostructures,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp 51-58, 2011.
  30. Zou, M.*, Beckford, S., Wei, R., Ellis, C., Hatton, G., Miller, M.A., “Effects of surface roughness and energy on ice adhesion strength,” Applied Surface Science, Vol. 257, No. 8, pp. 3786-3792, 2011.
  31. Wang, H., Zou, M.*, Jackson, R.L., Larson, P.R., and Johnson, M.B., “Nanoindentation modeling of a nanodot-patterned surface on a deformable substrate,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 47, pp. 3203-3213, 2010.
  32. Song, Y., Premachandran Nair, R., Zou, M.*, and Wang, Y.A., “Adhesion and Friction Properties of Micro/nano-engineered Superhydrophobic/Hydrophobic Surfaces,” Thin Solid Films, Vol. 518, pp. 3801–3807, 2010.
  33. Ni, Z., Bu, H., Zou, M., Yi, H., Bi, K., and Chen, Y.*, “Anisotropic mechanical properties of graphene sheets from molecular dynamics,” Physica B: Condensed Matter, Vol. 405, No. 5, pp.1301-1306, 2010.
  34. Song, Y., Premachandran Nair, R., Zou, M.*, and Wang, Y.A., “Superhydrophobic Surfaces Produced by Applying a Self-Assembled Monolayer to Silicon Micro/Nano-Textured Surfaces,” Nano Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 143-150, 2009.
  35. Wang, H., Zou, M.*, and Wei, R., “Superhydrophilic Textured-surfaces on Stainless Steel Substrates,” Thin Solid Films, Vol. 518, pp.1571-1574, 2009.
  36. Bu, H., Chen, Y.*, Zou, M., Yi, H., Bi, K., and Ni, Z., “Atomistic simulations of mechanical properties of graphene nanoribbons,” Physics Letters A, Vol. 373, No. 37, pp.3359-3362, 2009.
  37. Kollias, K., Wang, H., Song, Y., and Zou, M.*, “Production of a Superhydrophilic Surface by Aluminum-induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Nanotechnology, Vol. 19, pp. 465304-465309, 2008.
  38. Premachandran Nair, R. and Zou, M.*, “Surface-nano-texturing by Aluminum-induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Surface Coatings and Technology, Vol. 203, pp. 675-679, 2008. (Invited Paper)
  39. Wang, H., Kim, J.-H., Zou, M.*, Tung, S., and Kim, J.-W., “Adhesion Study of Escherichia coli Cells on Nano-/Micro-textured Surfaces in a Microfluidic System,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 573-579, 2008.
  40. Wang, H., Zou, M.*, Larson, P.R., Sanchez, E.S., Hobbs, K.L., Curtis, M.E., Johnson, M.B., and Awitor, O. K., “Nanomechanical properties of a Ni nanodot-patterned surface,” Nanotechnology, Vol. 19, pp. 295708-295716, 2008.
  41. Zou, M.*, “New Research Directions of Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” World Journal of Engineering, Vol.5 Supplement 2008, ICCE-15 detailed short papers, pp. 1185-1186.
  42. Song, Y. and Zou, M.*, “Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Dynamic Nanomasking and Deep Reactive Ion Etching,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part N, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, Vol. 221, No. 2, pp. 41-48, 2007.
  43. Wang, H., Premachandran Nair, R., Zou, M.*, Larson, P.R., Pollack, A. L., Hobbs, K.L., Johnson, M.B., and Awitor, O. K., “Friction Study of a Ni Nanodot-patterned Surface,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 183 - 189, 2007.
  44. Wang, H. and Zou, M.*, “Amorphous Silicon Thickness Effect on Formation of Silicon Nanostructures by Aluminum-induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 10, No. 8, pp. H224-226, 2007.
  45. Zou, M.*, Dorey, S., Cai, D., Song, Y., Nair, R., Cai, L., and Brown, W., “Self Assembly of Si Nanoparticles Produced by Aluminum-induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Film,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. K7-K9, 2007. (paper selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)
  46. Cai, L.*, Zou, M., Abu-Safe, H., Naseem H., and Brown, W., "Understanding the Effects of Stress on the Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon," Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 191 – 196, 2007.
  47. Zou, M.*, Seale, W., and Wang, H., “Comparison of Tribological Performances of Nano- and Micro-textured Surfaces,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part N, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, Vol. 219, No. 3, pp. 103-110, 2006. (Invited Paper)
  48. Zou, M.*, and Yang, D., “Nanoindentation of Silica Nanoparticles Attached to a Silicon Substrate,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 189-196, 2006.
  49. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., and Dorey, S., “Self-assembly of Aluminum-Induced Silicon Nanowires,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. G133-135, 2006. (paper selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)
  50. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., and Wang, H., “Adhesion and Friction Studies of a Nano-textured Surface Produced by Spin Coating of Colloidal Silica Nanoparticle Solution,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 25-30, 2006.
  51. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., and Yang, D., “Nanotribology of Silica Nanoparticle-textured Surfaces,” STLE Tribology Transactions, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 66-71, 2006.
  52. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., Wang, H., and Brown, W., “Nano-Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Materials Letters, Vol. 60, No. 11, pp. 1379-1382, 2006.
  53. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., Wang, H., and Xu, J., “Silicon Nanowires by Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. G31-G33, 2006.
  54. Zou, M.*, Wang, H., Larson, P.R., Hobbs, K.L., Johnson, M.B., and Awitor, O. K., “Ni Nanodot-patterned Surfaces for Adhesion and Friction Reduction,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 137-142, 2006.
  55. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., Wang, H., Yang, D., and Wyrobek, T., “Adhesion and Friction Studies of a Selectively Micro/nano-textured Surface Produced by UV Assisted Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 43 – 52, 2005.
  56. Cai, L.*, Wang, H., Brown, W., and Zou, M., “Large Grain Polycrystalline Silicon Film Produced by Nano-Aluminum-Enhanced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 8, No. 7, pp. G179-181, 2005.
  57. Zou, M.*, Cai, L., and Brown, W., “Nano-Aluminum-Induced Low Temperature Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. G103-105, 2005.
  58. Dayan, J., Zou, M., and Green, I.*, “Contact Elimination in Mechanical Face Seals Using Active Control,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 344-354, 2002.
  59. Zou, M., Dayan, J., and Green, I.*, “Feasibility of Contact Elimination of a Mechanical Face Seal through Clearance Adjustment,” ASME Transactions, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 122, No. 3, pp. 478-484, 2000.
  60. Zou, M., Dayan, J., and Green, I.*, “Dynamic Simulation and Monitoring of a Non-contacting Flexibly Mounted Rotor Mechanical Face Seal,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 214, No. 9, pp. 1195-1206, 2000.
  61. Dayan, J., Zou, M., and Green, I.*, “Sensitivity Analysis for the Design and Operation of a Noncontacting Mechanical Face Seal,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 214, No. 9, pp. 1207-1218, 2000.
  62. Zou, M., and Green, I.*, “Clearance Control of a Mechanical Face Seal,” STLE Tribology Transactions, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 535-540, 1999. (Best Paper Award, STLE)
  63. Cai, L., Rohatgi, A.*, Han, S., May, G., and Zou, M., “Investigation of the Properties of Plasma-enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposited Silicon Nitride and Its Effect on Silicon Surface Passivation,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 83, No. 11 pt 1, pp. 5885-5889, 1998.

08/2013 – Present         Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas (UA).

03/2009 – Present         The Twenty-first Century Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, UA, Fayetteville, AR.

03/2008 – Present         Adjunct Professor, Institute for Nano Science and Engineering, UA.

08/2008 – 07/2013        Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UA.

08/2003 – Present         Adjunct Professor, Microelectronics and Photonics Program, UA.

08/2003 – 07/2008        Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UA.

01/1999 – 08/2003        Senior Advisory Development Engineer/Staff Engineer, Mechanical R&D, Seagate Technology, LLC., Bloomington, MN.

01/1991 – 07/1994        Engineer/Manager, Structural Strength Department, Shanghai Aircraft Research Institute, Shanghai, China.

  • Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers Fellow
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow
  • Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow