Yanchun Zhou, professor and deputy director of science and technology of Advanced Functional Composite Laboratory at the Aerospace Research Institute of Materials and Processing Technology of China.

Yanchun Zhou holds a BSc in ceramics from Tsinghua University, and a M.S. in ceramics and Ph.D. in metals from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a post doctoral associate at University of Missouri-Rolla in the 1990’s. He was Professor and Director of High-performance Ceramic Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science before moving to Aerospace Research Institute of Materials and Processing Technology in 2010.

Zhou has discovered more than ten new ternary carbides and nitrides. His current interests and fields of research are designing and understanding the structural-property relations of damage tolerant ceramics for high and ultrahigh temperature applications. He has published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed international journals with citations of ca 11000 times and H-index of 55.

Zhou was elected Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC) in 2009, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in 2010 and Academician of Asian-Pacific Academy of Materials in 2013.

Zhou served as a member of the advisory committee of WAC (2010-2014), and a member of the nominating committee of WAC (2010-2014), chairman of the international committee of the ECD-ACerS (2009-2012), chair of Ross Coffin Purdy Award Committee of ACerS (2015). He also serves as editor of J. Am. Ceram. Soc., principle editor of J. Mater. Res., vice editor-in-chief of J. Mater. Sci. Tech., associate editor of Inter. J. Appl. Ceram. Tech., and an editorial board member of seven other international journals.

Zhou also serves as lead symposium organizer of “Materials for extreme environments: Ultrahigh temperature ceramics (UHTCs) and nanolaminated ternary carbides and nitrides (MAX Phases)” as well as lead symposium organizer of “Computer design and modeling” and a member of International Advisory Board, Academic committee in a number of international conferences.