Professor Yu-Lung Chiu BE, PhD

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor of Physical Metallurgy

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Yu-Lung Chiu is a Professor of Physical Metallurgy in School of Metallurgy and Materials. His research often involves microstructural characterisation using electron microscopy techniques and also small-scale mechanical characterisation to understand the fundamental plasticity mechanisms in crystalline materials, which hopefully will be able to improve the understanding of the behaviour of advanced engineering alloys at macroscopic scales. He researches into advanced alloys with complex composition and microstructure for aerospace, nuclear and automotive applications, but sometimes also uses simple model alloy systems for mechanistic studies.


PhD in Materials Science, University of Hong Kong, China, 1999
BE in Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang China, 1994


Professor Yu-Lung Chiu studied Metallurgy for his BE degree at Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) and went on to study for a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Hong Kong (China).

He spent a few years doing research and teaching at universities and research institutes in Hong Kong, France, Switzerland and New Zealand before his current employment at the University of Birmingham.


Undergraduate Level:

  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation (Y3)
  • Electron Microscopy (Y4)

Postgraduate Level:

  • Physical Metallurgy (MSc)
  • Materials Characterisation (MSc)

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Chiu is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following two areas:

  • Electron Microscopy
  • Physical Metallurgy

If you are interested in studying in these areas please contact him using the contact details above.



Electron Microscopy

  • Microstructure characterisation of advanced structural materials;
  • Microanalysis and phase determination
  • In-situ electron microscopy studies

Physical Metallurgy

  • Plastic deformation mechanisms 
  • Light alloys
  • Strengthening mechanisms
  • Nuclear irradiation and materials degradation

More details can be found from the Electron Microscopy Group website at


  • Magnesium alloys for bio-medical applications
  • Precipitation hardening in magnesium alloys
  • Microstructure characterisation of pipeline steels
  • Microstructure characterisation of inertial friction weld in nickel-base superalloy
  • Microstructure characterisation of linear friction welded titanium alloys
  • Microstructure and nanomechanical properties of copper nanowires
  • Electron tomography
  • Micro-nano-mechanical property assessment
  • Severe plastic deformation of light alloys
  • Electron diffraction and nanomechanical properties of amorphous materials

Other activities

  • Member of Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of IoM3


R. Ding, C. Chung, Y.L. Chiu, P. Lyon, Effect of ECAP on microstructure and mechanical properties of ZE41 magnesium alloy, Materials Science and Engineering A, 527, 3777 – 3784, (2010).

Y.J. Huang, Y.L. Chiu, J. Shen, J. Chen, J.F. Sun, Cooling rate effect of nanomechanical response for a Ti-based bulk metallic glass, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 356, 966 – 970, (2010).

Y.J. Huang, Y.L. Chiu, J. Shen, J. Chen, J.F. Sun, Indentation creep of a Ti-based metallic glass, Journal of Materials Research, 24, 993 – 997. (2010)

 Y.J. Huang, Y.L. Chiu, J. Shen, J. Chen, J.F. Sun, Mechanical performance of metallic glasses during nanoscratch tests, Intermetallics, 18, 1056-1061, (2010)

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