Tian Liu (PD)

Home Town: Jiangxi, China

Undergraduate Education:

  • B.E., Powder Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University (China) 2008-2012
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) 2012-2014
  • Ph.D., Materials Metallurgical Engineering, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) 2015-2018


  • EBSD 2018 Student Poster Competition

Research Area: Microstructure characterization of nuclear materials (Ni-based alloys, steels, Zr alloys), dissimilar joints (aluminum-steel), and Mg alloys

Outside of Research: swimming, running

Email: [email protected]


  1. Tian Liu, Elaina R. Reese, Iman Ghamarian, Emmanuelle A. Marquis. “Atom Probe Tomography Characterization of Ion and Neutron Irradiated Alloy 800H.” Journal of Nuclear Materials (2021).
  2. Tian Liu, Mark D. Vaudin, Jeffrey R. Bunn, Tamás Ungár, Luke N. Brewer. “Quantifying Dislocation Density in Al-Cu Coatings Produced by Cold Spray Deposition.” Acta Materialia (2020).
  3. Ce Zheng, Elaina R Reese, Kevin G Field, Tian Liu, et al. “Microstructure Response of Ferritic/martensitic Steel HT9 after Neutron Irradiation: Effect of Temperature.” Journal of Nuclear Materials (2020).
  4. Tian Liu, William A. Story, Luke N. Brewer. “Effect of Heat Treatment on the Al-Cu Feedstock Powders for Cold Spray Deposition.” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (2019).
  5. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Luke N. Brewer. “Particle Deformation and Microstructure Evolution during Cold Spray of Individual Al-Cu Alloy Powder Particles.” Acta Materialia (2019).
  6. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, et al. “Influence of Alloy Additions on the Microstructure, Texture, and Hardness of Low-Pressure Cold Sprayed Al-Cu Alloys.” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology (2019).
  7. A.R. Cisko, J.B. Jordon, D.Z. Avery, Z.B. McClelland, T. Liu, et al. “Characterization of Fatigue Behavior of Al-Li Alloy 2099.” Materials Characterization (2019).
  8. Abby R. Cisko, James B. Jordon, Dustin Z. Avery, Tian Liu, et al. “Experiments and Modeling of Fatigue Behavior of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum Lithium Alloy.” Metals (2019).
  9. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Sarath K. Menon, Luke N. Brewer. “Microstructure Analysis of Gas Atomized Al-Cu Alloy Feedstock Powders for Cold Spray Deposition.” Surface and Coatings Technology (2018).
  10. O.G. Rivera, P.G. Allison, L.N. Brewer, O.L. Rodriguez, J.B. Jordon, T. Liu, et al. “Influence of Texture and Grain Refinement on the Mechanical Behavior of AA2219 Fabricated by High Shear Solid State Material Deposition.” Materials Science & Engineering A (2018).
  11. Yang Zhou, Philip Nash, Tian Liu, et al. “The Large Scale Synthesis of Aligned Plate Nanostructures.” Scientific Reports 6 (2016).
  12. J. Li, T. Liu, et al. “Interdiffusion Coefficients and Atomic Mobilities in FCC Cu-Fe-Mn Alloys.” Journal of Mining and Metallurgy. Section B: Metallurgy 50, no. 2 (2014).

Conference Activity

  1. Weiling Wen, Tian Liu, Mihaela Banu, et al. “Corrosion Evolution in Al/Steel Dissimilar Joints.” Proceedings of the ASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2020).
  2. Attended 2019 Atom Probe Tomography User Conference in Fitchburg, Wisconsin (June 2019)
  3. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Luke N. Brewer. “Deformation Microstructures in Individual Cold Sprayed Al-Cu Alloy Particles Studied via Precession Electron Diffraction and Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction.” Presented at the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018.
  4. Tian Liu, Luke N. Brewer. “Applying EBSD, PED, and TKD for Examining Microstructural Deformation in Cold Sprayed Materials.” Poster presented at the EBSD 2018.
  5. Tian Liu, and Luke N. Brewer, et al. “Quantifying Microstructural Deformation in Cold Sprayed Aluminum-Copper Alloy Coatings.” Presented at the TMS 2018.
  6. Tian Liu, and Luke N. Brewer. “Microstructural Development in Binary Aluminum-Copper Alloy Powders during Gas Atomization.” Presented at the TMS 2017.
  7. Student volunteer for the EBSD 2016 at the University of Alabama (May 2016)
  8. Tian Liu, Luke N. Brewer, and J.D. Leazer, et al. “Processing-Microstructure Relationships during Cold Spray Deposition of Aluminum-Copper Alloys.” Presented at the TMS 2016.