Biography of Prof. Chen:
Prof. Chen started his academic career as a junior Lecturer at Hefei University of Technology, China in 1987 after obtaining his MEng degree in the same University. In 1992, he was awarded a one-year visiting scholarship to work in the University of Reading, U.K. After completing the visit, he was financially supported by the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) in the UK, and a European Union research grant to pursue his PhD at Reading. Upon obtaining the degree, he went to Singapore in April 1997 joining the newly founded Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a national research institute funded by the Singapore government. In March 2000, he moved to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore as an Assistant Professor, and has since been promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Since joining NTU, Prof. Chen has graduated 30 PhD students and 5 MEng students. He has also supervised over 200 undergraduate research projects (FYP, URECA, etc.).
Prof. Chen’s research interest includes 1) coatings & engineered nanostructures for clean energy, environmental, microelectronic, and other functional surface applications; 2) mechanical behavior of materials, encompassing mechanics & fracture mechanics of bulk, composite and thin film materials, materials joining, experimental and computational mechanics of materials. Prof. Chen has served as an editor / editorial board member for 8 academic journals. He has also served as a reviewer for more than 70 journals and a number of research funding agencies including the European Research Council (ERC). He is an author of over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers. According to Google Scholar, these papers have received over 14,000 citations with the h-index of 62.
Recent group news (archived past news)
11 March 2019: Neha has successfully defended her MEng degree thesis today, congratulations!
21 March 2019: We extend warm welcome to Mr. Ji Bang, PhD candidate from South China Agriculture University, to join us as a visiting researcher.
28 May 2019: Warm welcome to visiting scholar Dr. Lu Ye from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China.
21 June 2019: Ms. Rachna D. Hemam joined us under a joint PhD supervision programme between Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and NTU. Welcome!
24 July 2019: Congratulations to Wu Xinghua for winning MSE Best PhD Thesis Award in 2019!
01 August 2019: We warmly welcome A/P Ni Junjie from Liaocheng University, China, as a Visiting Scientist.
01 September 2019: Dr. Zhang Fan from Jiangsu Ocean University, China, has joined us as a Visiting Scientist. Welcome!
01 November 2019: We extend warm welcome to A/P Song Qiushi from Northeastern University, China, as a Visiting Scientist.
18 November 2019: Dr. Yan Guangxu joined the RR Corp Lab as a Research Fellow. Welcome!
26 November 2019: We warmly welcome A/P Qin Hongbo from Guilin University of Electronic Technology, China, who joined us as a Visiting Scientist.