Dr Yueting Sun PhD

Dr Yueting Sun

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Yueting Sun is a lecturer in the School of Engineering. He has a broad interest in the field of mechanics of materials. His group performs cross-disciplinary research to design materials and systems at the nano/micro-scale for unprecedented engineering performances. Recent research topics involve impact mechanics and energy conversion leveraging the nanofluidics in highly porous materials such as Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs).


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2015
  • Bachelor in Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2010
  • Bachelor in Economics, Tsinghua University, 2010


Dr Yueting Sun received his Bachelor in Automotive Engineering and Bachelor in Economics from Tsinghua University in 2010, followed by a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2015. He visited the University of California, San Diego as a research assistant from 2013 to 2014, and held the KC Wong Fellowship at the University of Oxford from 2016 to 2018. He moved from Oxford to Birmingham in Dec 2019 and became a Lecturer in Engineering.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Yueting Sun is seeking motivated students with a background in mechanical engineering, material science, physics, chemistry, or in a closely related field. Candidates with interests in (but not limited to) one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) and composites.
  • Impact mechanics and protection systems.
  • Nanofluidics and microfluidics.
  • Nano-architected materials.

Prospective applicants should email Dr Sun to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.


  • Material properties under high strain rate deformation.
  • Nanoporous materials, including MOFs, zeolites, and silica.
  • Nanofluidics and microfluidics.
  • Micromechanics and applications of nano-architected materials.
  • Energy absorption and protection against impact, vibration and blast.
  • Vehicle safety and traffic accidents.


Sun, Y., Li, Y., Tan, J. C., (2018), Liquid intrusion into Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-7 nanocrystals: exposing the roles of phase transition and gate opening to enable energy absorption applications, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10: 41831-41838.

Sun, Y., Li, Y., Tan, J. C., (2018), Framework flexibility of ZIF-8 under liquid intrusion: discovering time-dependent mechanical response and structural relaxation, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20: 10108-10113.

Sun, Y., Li, Y., Zhao, C., Wang, M., Lu, W., Qiao, Y., (2018), Crushing of circular steel tubes filled with nanoporous-materials-functionalized liquid, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, 27: 439-450.

Liu, B., Xu, T., Xu, X., Wang, Y., Sun, Y., Li. Y., (2016), Energy absorption mechanism of polyvinyl butyral laminated windshield subjected to head impact: experiment and numerical simulation, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 90: 26-36.

Sun, Y., Xu, X., Xu, C., Qiao, Y., Li, Y., (2016), Elastomeric cellular structure enhanced by compressible liquid filler, Scientific Reports, 6: 26694.

Sun, Y., Guo, Z., Xu, J., Xu, X., Liu, C., Li, Y., (2015), A candidate of mechanical energy mitigation system: dynamic and quasi-static behaviors and mechanisms of zeolite β/water system, Materials & Design, 66: 545–551.

Sun, Y., Li, P., Qiao, Y., Li, Y., (2014), Time-dependent gas-liquid interaction in molecular-sized nanopores, Scientific Reports, 4: 6547.

Sun, Y., Lu, W., Li, Y., (2014), A defiltration control method of pressurized liquid in zeolite ZSM-5 by silanol introduction, Applied Physics Letters, 105: 121609.

Liu, B., Sun, Y., Li, Y., Wang, Y., Ge, D., Xu, J., (2012), Systematic experimental study on mechanical behaviour of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) material under various loading conditions, Polymer Engineering & Science, 52: 1137-1147.

Xu., J., Sun, Y., Liu, B., Zhu, M., Yao, X., Yan, Y., Li, Y., Chen, X., (2011), Experimental and macroscopic investigation of dynamic crack patterns in PVB laminated glass sheets subject to light-weight impact, Engineering Failure Analysis, 18: 1605-1612.

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