• , BS Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing

Research Summary

Prof. Fang's research primarily focus on advanced metallurgical materials processing, with particular emphasis on metal powder processing and advance materials made from powder. His research expertise are mainly in the following three areas: 1) Powder metallurgy of Titanium which 2). Hard materials including cemented tungsten carbide and polycrystalline diamond, and refractory metals (e.g tungsten), and metal hydrides for hydrogen as well thermal energy storage applications.


Professor Zak Fang joined the faculty of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah in 2002. Prior to that, Prof. Fang had a successful industrial R&D career and held various technical and management positions in a number of industrial corporations. He last served as the Director for Materials R&D for Smith International Inc. With such rich industrial experience, he developed expertise in a wide range of materials including hardmetals, polycrystalline diamond, powder metallurgy, fracture-mechanical behavior of brittle materials, metal matrix composites, wear resistant materials, coatings, and other advanced materials processing technologies. From 2002 to date, Prof Fang has developed more than $18M externally funded research programs in the areas of titanium powder production, sintering, microstructure and mechanical properties of titanium; functionally graded hardmetals; nano powder systhesis, nano sintering, sintering and fabricaiton of bulk ultrafine grain tungsten, ductile tungsten; and metal hydrides for hydrogen and thermal energy storage applications. Prof. Fang graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing with BS and MS degrees in 1984 and received his Ph.D degree in materials science and engineering in 1990 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1987, he received a fellowship award and served as a research fellow in the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Prof. Fang has authored/co-authored over 200 publications including technical articles and over 40 US patents. Professor Fang is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, a Fellow of American Institute of Powder Metallurgy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials. In 2009 Prof Fang was a recipient of R&D100 Award.