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 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) 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 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 350 peer-reviewed journal papers. According to Google Scholar, these papers have received over 17,000 citations with the h-index of 67.
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 degree from Guatemala and Master 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!