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 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 project fund 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).
Recent group news (archived past news)
17 January 2022: The team welcomes Sun Ye who joins us as a Research Assistant to continue his research on surface engineering.
22 February 2022: Congratulation to Sun Ye and the entire team, our work on anti-fogging coating has been featured in NTU news and several local and international media. Please click this link for details.
05 May 2022: We welcome Mr. Liu Shuming from Tsinghua University, who has just begun his jointly trained PhD program at NTU.
25 May 2022: Sun Ye has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Sun!