Juner Zhu, PhD


0. Short Bio

Dr. Juner Zhu joined the faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in August 2022. Before that, he was a Research Scientist working jointly in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received his Ph.D. degree from MIT Mechanical Engineering in 2019. His thesis entitled “Mechanical Failure of Lithium-ion Batteries” provided a comprehensive study on the mechanical modeling of battery component materials, porous electrodes, and cells. He has published over 30 journal articles with half of them on batteries. Based on these efforts, Juner co-developed the 2020-2022 phase of the MIT Industrial Battery Consortium and is acting as the Executive Director working with eight world-leading companies in the areas of EV, battery, and consumer electronics. During his postdoctoral career, Juner extended his research interests into multiphysics modeling with data-driven methods, including inverse methods, PDE-constrained optimization, and physics-informed surrogate models. Juner has considerable industrial experience from his work as a materials engineer at Ford Motor Company and as a battery analyst at Apple. He got his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, where he graduated with the top honor (the Top Grade Fellowship, equivalent to the Presidential Award in some US universities) for Tsinghua graduate students in 2015. In 2022, Juner was Awarded the Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Grant by the Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). In the same year, he co-founded the Center for Battery Sustainability, a joint research program between Northeastern and MIT supported by the industry. 

I. Education

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, May 2019
Thesis: Mechanical Failure of Lithium-ion Batteries, advised by Prof. Tomasz Wierzbicki

M.S., Tsinghua University, Mechanical Engineering (Graduation with Top Honor), July 2015
Thesis: Modeling the Strain-rate Dependent Yielding and Fracture of High Strength Steels, advised by Profs. Yong Xia and Qing Zhou

B.S., Tsinghua University, School of Vehicles and Mobility (Graduation with Honor), July 2012

II. Employment history

5. Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, August 2022 - 

4. promoted to Research Scientist, MIT, in collaboration with Professors Tomasz Wierzbicki and Martin Z. Bazant, June 2021 - August 2022

3. Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Mechanical Engineering (worked with Tomasz Wierzbicki) & Chemical Engineering (worked with Martin Z. Bazant), July 2019 - May 2021

2. Battery Analyst, Apple, Battery Product Design Team, June-August 2018

1. Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company Research and Innovation Center (RIC), Material Manufacturing, July-August 2016 

III. Honors & Awards

IV. Academic geneology

Lineage of PhD advisors in Applied Mechanics

V. Academic community services

Conference organizers

Journal reviewers

International Journal of Solids and Structures, Mechanics of Materials, Experimental Mechanics, International Journal of Plasticity, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Engineering Fracture Analysis, SN Applied Sciences, Composite Part B

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, Electrochimica Acta

Joule, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Applied Energy, Energy Technology, Acta Materialia, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of Energy Storage, Energy Storage Materials, Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, International Journal of Energy Research, Materials, Cell Reports Physical Science

Nature Computational Science, Advanced Intelligent Systems, Advanced Theory and Simulations