Academic Profile

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 70 (by Mar 2021).
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Prof Chen Zhong
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Surface Engineering of Materials: Thin films & engineered nanostructures for clean energy and environmental applications; Microelectronic thin films; Protective and functional surface coatings.

Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Deformation, fracture, fatigue, and creep of bulk monolithic & composite materials, thin films and multi-layers; Experimental and computational mechanics of materials; Materials degradation and failure analysis.
  • Distribution Switchgear Degradation Study

  • Fast Treatment Of Gaseous Pollutants Through Synergistic Photocatalytic-Plasma Actions

  • Internet of Things (IAF-ICP)

  • Internet of Things (NTU)

  • Internet of Things (RR)

  • Project 2: Distribution Switchgear Degradation Study
  • J. S. J. Tan, S. L. Y. Wong, Z. Chen (2020). Preparation of Janus Titanium Dioxide Particles via Ultraviolet Irradiation of Pickering Emulsions. Advanced Materials Interfaces, Vol. 7, Art. No. 1901961

  • X. Zhao, Z. Zhang, X. Cao, J. Hu, X. H. Wu, A. Y. R. Ng, G.-P. Lu, Z. Chen (2020). Elucidating the sources of activity and stability of FeP electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reactions in acidic and alkaline media. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 260, Art. No. 118156

  • Y. Z. Shen, X. H. Wu, J. Tao, C. L. Zhu, Y. K. Lai, Z. Chen (2019). Icephobic materials: fundamentals, performance evaluation, and applications. Progress in Materials Science, Vol. 103, pp. 509-577

  • X. Yao, X. Zhao, X. L. Li, D. P. Wang, A. I. Y. Tok, Z. Chen, T. Sritharan (2019). A Source of Error in Photoanode Evaluation. Joule, Vol. 3, pp. 305-310

  • C. Wang, Z. Chen, V. V. Silberschmidt, A. Roy (2018). Damage Accumulation in Braided Textiles Reinforced Composites under Repeated Impacts: Experimental and Numerical Studies. Composite Structures, Vol. 204, pp. 256-267