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)

Publons; Google Scholar; ORCID; Chen’s full CV / one-page biodata


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, he moved to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 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 in March 2000, Prof. Chen has graduated 34 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 behavior 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 with a total industrial 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).


Full-time research position available

A full-time Research Fellow opening is available in the area of reliability and failure analysis of power engineering equipment. The scope of the job includes, but not limited to materials and component degradation studies (test design & running of equipment), analytical modelling of materials degradation behavior, multiphysics (finite element) modelling, communication with industrial partners, and assisting the principal investigators to ensure research progress. The applicant is expected to possess a PhD degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other relevant fields of study. If you are interested, please send your CV to me at ASZChen@ntu.edu.sg for clarification and/or discussion.


Recent group news (archived past news)

04 January 2021: The team welcomes Ms. Deng Yuheng who has just joined us as a PhD student. Yuheng obtained her BEng from Sichuan University and MSc from NUS-TUM.

05 January 2021: Congratulations to Mr. Luo Boyang who has passed his MEng oral exam!

06 January 2021: Daniel has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Aguilar!

11 May 2021: We extend warm welcome to Ms. Feng Min from Northeastern University as a jointly trained PhD student.

18 May 2021: Welcome to Mr. Wang Pengyu from Harbin Engineering University, who has joined us as a jointly trained PhD student.

01 July 2021: We welcome Dr. Ma Jielin who has joined our SP-NTU research team as a Research Fellow.