Qian Lei

Amit Misra

Professor and Department Chair


3062B H.H. Dow

T: (734) 763-2445



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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2018)

Current Position:

Associate Professor, Powder Metallurgy Research Institute, State Key Laboratory For Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, China

Email: leiqian@csu.edu.cn

Academic Training:


B.S. (2007), Materials PhysicsCentral South  University, Changsha. China


M.S. (2009), Materials Chemistry and Physics, Central South University, Changsha. China


Ph.D. (2014), Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha. China


I have received my Bachelor degree in Materials Physics in 2007, Master degree in Materials Chemistry and Physics in 2009, and Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014, from Central South University in Changsha. China. After one year visiting scholar period in RWTH-Aachen University in Germany (2013-2014), I joined Prof. Misra’s group as a research fellow from 2015. My researches focus on the metallic materials, including Cu-, Al-, Mg-, and Ni-based alloys. My research experience is ranging from the materials composition design to the melting and casting, thermomechanical heat treatment, microstructure characterization (including XRD, SEM, EBSD, TEM, XPS, STEM), properties measurements (including electrical conductivity measurement, Vickers hardness test, nanoindentation, tensile test at high and room temperature, micro-/nano pillar compression, stress relation rate), corrosion, creep, fatigue, and et al.

Current Research:

  • Laser-processed Fine-scale Eutectic Composites

  • Failure behavior of industrial profiles during forming

  • High strength high ductility metallic structural materials


Please see the below link:


  • B. P. Ramakrishnan, Q. Lei *, A. Misra, J. Mazumder. Effect of laser surface remelting on the microstructure and properties of Al-Al2Cu-Si ternary eutectic alloy. Scientific Reports. 2017. (In press) 
  • Q. Lei, B. P. Ramakrishnan, S. Wang, Y. Wang, J. Mazumder, A. Misra. Structural refinement and nanomechanical response of laser remelted Al-Al2Cu lamellar eutectic. Materials Science and Engineering A. 706 (2017) : 115-125

  • Q Lei, Z Xiao, W Hu, B Derby, Z Li. Phase transformation behaviors and properties of a high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy. Materials Science and Engineering A.697 (2017)37-47.

  • Q Lei, Z Li, Y. Gao, X. Peng, B. Derby. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy treated by combined aging processes. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 695 (2017) 2413-2423.

  • Y. Li, Z. Xiao, Z. Li, Z. Zhou, Z Yang, Q. Lei *. Microstructure and properties of a novel Cu-Mg-Ca alloy with high strength and high electrical conductivity. Journal of Alloys and Compounds.723 (2017)-1162-1170.

  • X Sheng, Q Lei*, Z Xiao, M Wang. Hot deformation behavior of a spray-deposited Al-8.31Zn-2.07Mg-2.46Cu-0.12Zr alloy. Metals. 7(2017)299.

  • L. Xie, Q. Lei*, M. Wang, X. Sheng, Z. Li. Effects of aging mechanisms on the exfoliation corrosion behavior of a spray deposited Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Zr aluminum alloy. Journal of Materials Research. 32(2017)1105-1117.

  • Y. Liu, Z. Li, Y. Jiang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhou, Q. Lei*. The microstructure evolution and properties of a Cu-Cr-Ag alloy during thermal-mechanical treatment. Journal of Materials Research 17 (2017)1324-1332.

  • X. F. Sheng. Q. Lei *, Z. Xiao, M. Wang. Precipitation behavior and quenching sensitivity of a spray deposited Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Zr alloy. Materials. 10(9)(2017)1100.

  • W. Chen, Y. Jia, J. Yi, M. Wang, B. Derby, Q Lei*. Effect of addition of Ni and Si on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu-Zn alloys. Journal of Materials Research. 32(2017) 3137-3145.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, W. P. Hu, Y. Liu, C. L. Meng, B. Derby, W. Zhang. Microstructure evolution and hardness of an ultra-high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy during thermo-mechanical processing. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance. 25(2016)2615-2625.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, L. Han, Z. Xiao, T. Xiao. Effect of aging time on the corrosion behavior of a Cu-Ni-Si alloy in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. Corrosion.72(2016)615-627.

  • B. Liu, Q. Lei*, L. Xie, M. Wang, Z. Li. Microstructure and mechanical properties of high product of strength and elongation Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Zr alloys fabricated by spray deposition. Materials and Design 96 (2016) 217-223.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al, A new ultrahigh strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy. Intermetallics, 42(2013)77-84.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al. Effect of aluminum on microstructure and property of Cu-Ni-Si alloys, Materials Science and Engineering A, 572(2013) 65-74.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al, Hot working behavior of a super high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy, Materials and Design, 51(2013)1104-1109, May, 2013.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li,et al, High-temperature deformation behavior of Cu-6.0Ni-1.0Si-0.5Al-0.15 Mg-0.1Cr alloy, Journal of Materials Science, 47(2012)6034-6042.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al. The transformation behavior of Cu-8.0Ni-1.8Si-0.6Sn-0.15Mg alloy during isothermal heat treatment, Materials Characterization, 62(2011) 904-911.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al. Phase transformations behavior in a Cu-8.0Ni-1.8Si alloy. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 509(2011)3617-3622.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al. The evolution of microstructure in Cu-8.0Ni-1.8Si-0.15Mg alloy during aging, Materials Science and Engineering A, 527(2010)6728-6733.

  • Q. Lei, Z. Li, et al. Dynamics of phase transformation of Cu-Ni-Si alloy with super high strength and high conductivity during aging, Trans. Nonferrous Met. Soc. China, 20 (2010)1006-1011.