Biography of Prof. Chen:
Prof. Chen obtained his PhD in 1997 from the University of Reading, under the 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. Prof. Chen 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). He is an author of over 400 peer-reviewed journal papers. According to Google Scholar, these papers have received over 19,000 citations with h-index of 71.
Recent group news (archived past news)
07 January 2020: Warm welcome to Mr. Mario A. Hernandez Muralles, who will be a PhD student at MSE/NTU (Prof. Oh JT & Chen Z). Mario obtained his bachelor's degree from Guatemala and master's degree from South Korea.
19 Feb 2020: Jasmine passed her PhD oral examination today. Congratulations, Dr. Tan!
18 July 2020: Congratulations to Tan Si Jia Jasmine for winning MSE PhD Technopreneur Award in 2020!
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!