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Brief Biography

Prof. Chen received 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. She continued her research as the ALS postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She joined the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in September 2015, thereafter she visited Caltech for a year to conduct nano-mechanics experiment for phase-transforming materials. Her main research interests are theory-driven material design for novel functionalities. Her group also works on the emerging applications of phase-transforming materials for energy conversion, the integration of synchrotron characterization and nano-to-meso scale experimental mechanics. 

Research Expertise & Interest

Deformation and microstructure in structural phase transformation; Crystalline mechanics and Crystallography; Advanced structural characterization by synchrotron X-ray diffraction); Experimental mechanics; Nanomechanics of 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


Research projects

  • Investigation of microstructure-property relationships for phase-transforming materials, GRF 2017/2019
  • Algorithmic approaches for high-throughput screen and discovery of new shape memory alloys, GRF 2018/2020
  • Dual beam-shear DIC system for in situ topographic measurement of phase-changing materials, GRF 2019/2021



  • MECH3400 Introduction of composite materials
  • MECH6910Q Fundamentals of continuum mechanics with application to crystalline solids