Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Sherry Xian CHEN 陳弦
M.S., PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Brief Biography

Dr. Chen recieved her M.S and Ph.D degrees in Solid Mechanics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States. Continued with a year postdoctoral research at UMN in developing highly reversible functional materials based on the geometrically nonlinear elasticity theory for solid-solid phase transformation, she won the ALS fellowship awarded by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and started to work on advanced structural characterization utilized with theories and algrothms of crystalline solids for phase-transforming materials at Beamline 12.3.2 Laue Microdiffraction at Advanced Light Source division. Her main research interests are the development of advanced functional materials based on the Cofactor Conditions (that is the strongest conditions of compatibility for formation of microstructure, Chen et al, JMPS, 2013). Integrating the advanced structural determination techniques at Synchrotron source with the guidance of the theory, she would like to establish an automated materials manufacturing chain aimed at the discovery of highly reversible and ultra-low fatigue functional materials with emerging applications.

Research Expertise & Interest

Deformation and microstructure in structural phase transformation; Crystalline mechanics and Crystallography; Advanced structural characterization (XRD, SEM/EBSD, TEM); Shape memory alloys; Multiferroic phase transformation.

Professional Experiences

2015 - Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2015 - 2016 Visiting Professor, Caltech
2014 - 2015 ALS Postdoctoral Fellow , Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2013 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Selected Publications

6. X. Chen, N. Tamura, A. MacDowell, R. D. James, In-situ characterization of highly reversible 
  phase transformation by synchrotron X-ray Laue microdiffraction. App. Phys. Lett. 108(2016):211902. (featured article)
5. X. Ni, J. R Greer, K. Bhattacharya, R. D James, X. Chen, Exceptional resilience of small-scale Au30Cu25Zn45 
  under cyclic stress-induced phase transformation, Nano Letters, 16(12)(2016):7621-7625.
4. X. Chen, Y. Song, N. Tamura, R. D. James, Determination of the stretch tensor for structural transformation.
  J.Mech.Phys.Solids, 93(2016), 34-43.
3. Y. Song, X. Chen, V. Dabade, TW. Shield and R. D. James, Enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure
  of a phase-transforming material, Nature, 502(2013):85.
2. X. Chen, V. Srivastava, V. Dabade and R. D. James, Study of Cofactor Conditions: conditions
  of supercompatibility between phases,J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 61(2013):2566.
1. X. Chen, S. Cao, T. Ikeda, V. Srivastava, G. J. Snyder, D. Schryvers, R.D. James, A weak compatibility condition
  of precipitation with application to the microstructure of PbTe-Sb2Te3 thermoelectrics, Acta Mater.,59(2011):6124.


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