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).
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 project 2 team as a Research Fellow.
06 July 2021: On behalf of the SP-NTU project 2 team, we warmly welcome Dr. Yang Yan who has joined us as a Research Fellow.
31 July 2021: We extend our warm welcome to Ms. Wei Lan, a new PhD student in MSE/NTU. Wei Lan obtained her BEng from Jilin University and MEng from Beihang University.
27 August 2021: The SP-NTU project 2 team welcomes Mr. Yap Zong Han, Malvern who has joined us as a Research Assistant.