Zhang Tao (1964.6—) is a professor and PhD supervisor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Beihang University. He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and elected as a distinguished professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program in 2002.
He received his doctor’s degree from Tohoku University in 1993 as a government-sponsored student. Producing world-leading results, his research focuses on the development, preparation, physical properties and atomic structure of non-equilibrium materials like bulk amorphous alloys and nanocrystalline alloys. as well as the crystallization mechanism of amorphous alloys. He was the first to develop a bulk amorphous alloy that has a stable supercooled liquid region in which it has superplasticity. He has also developed a series of bulk amorphous alloys that feature high strength, toughness and corrosion resistance as well as good soft and hard magnetic properties.
He has published over 100 papers indexed by SCI, three of which has been cited for more than 200 times. He has 53 Japan patents and five international patents in his name. He has received several academic awards including Thesis Award granted by the Japan Institute of Metals, etc. Besides, he also holds a concurrent post as the committee member of National Space Development Agency of Japan (now known as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).