Welcome to Chen Zhong (陳忠) group

School of Materials Science & Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798


Group leader: Professor Chen Zhong

Tel: +(65) 6790 4256
Fax:  +(65) 6790 9081
Email: ASZChen@ntu.edu.sg
Office: Blk N4.1, level 1, room 24 (Location map)

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Biography of Prof. Chen:

Dr. Chen obtained his PhD in 1997 from the University of Reading, under sponsorship of the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals and a European Union research grant. After graduation, he joined the newly founded Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a national research institute funded by the Singapore government. After spending three fruitful years in IMRE, the passion for education has brought him to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an Assistant Professor in March 2000. He has been promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering since then. So far, Prof. Chen has graduated 35 PhD students and 6 MEng students. He has also supervised over 200 undergraduate research projects (FYP, URECA, etc.).

Prof. Chen’s research interest includes 1) Surface engineering of materials and nanostructures for clean energy, environmental, microelectronic, and other functional applications; 2) Mechanical & long-term behaviors of materials, encompassing mechanics & fracture mechanics of bulk, composite, and thin film materials, materials joining, experimental and computational mechanics of materials, materials degradation and failure analysis. In the study of thin film mechanical behavior, he was the first to discover a significant substrate compliance effect on the energy release rate of thin film delamination. He also pioneered a novel buckling-based technique to measure thin film fracture toughness. The work in this area provides critical insights and design guidance for the development of flexible, printable electronic devices. His team has also made substantial progress in the development of mechanically durable coatings for self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fogging, and anti-fingerprint applications. Several patents / technological disclosures are made in this area.

Prof. Chen has been active in applied research in recent years with a total industrial project funding exceeding 10M SGD. In the academic community, he has served as an editor / editorial board member for several academic journals and book series. 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).

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Recent group news (archived past news)

04 January 2023: We extend our warm welcome to Mr. Anthony Choong, who has joined us as a new PhD student. Anthony graduated from MSE/NTU with his BEng degree in July 2022.

16 June 2023: We welcome Ms. Ong Jun Hui who has joined the SP-NTU project 2 team as a Research Assistant. Jun Hui graduated with BEng degree from MSE/NTU this year.

19 June 2023: We welcome Ms. Yang Yun, who has joined us as a non-graduating PhD student from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

27 June 2023: We welcome Dr. Liu Canyu who has joined the RR-NTU Corp Lab as a Research Fellow. Dr. Liu obtained his PhD degree from Loughborough University, UK.

14 August 2023: We welcome Mr. Ash Ang Sow Hiang, who has just embarked on his MEng journey with us. Ash obtained his BEng (Mechanical) degree from University of Newcastle, Australia.