Chen’s research group


Youxing Chen, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor

Energy Production & Infrastructure Center  

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

UNC Charlotte | The William States Lee College of Engineering


Managing Electron Microscopy Lab 

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Lab
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Lab


Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the materials’ response under extreme environments, such as radiation, load, strain rate and temperature. His group is interested in exploring the fundamental relationship between materials structure and property across multiple length scales: from atomic to macroscopic scale.


Research interests

  • Structural characterization of novel materials
  • Radiation-tolerant structural materials
  • Small-scale mechanical behavior
  • In situ and ex-situ electron microscopy
  • Additively manufactured materials
  • Materials Removal Mechanisms during Precision Machining



  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2015                
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, 2010
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, China, 2006



  • Assistant Professor, Dep. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, 01/2022 – present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Dep. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, 01/2019-12/2021
  • Research Associate, Dep. Chem. Engr. & Mater. Sci., Univerisity of Minnesota, 09/2017-12/2018
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, CINT, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 05/2015-09/2017
  • Graduate Intern, MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 12/2013-09/2014


Professional activities

Reviewers for peer-reviewed journals such as Science Advance; Acta Materialia; International Journal of Plasticity; Journal of Nuclear Materials; Materials Research Letters; Scientific Reports; Journal of Applied Physics; Nanotechnology; Journal of Materials Research; Materials Science & Engineering A; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A; JOM; Applied Surface Science; Advanced Materials Interfaces; RSC Advances; Journal of Electronic Materials; Journal of Materials Science etc.


Courses offered at UNC Charlotte

# Course Name Semesters

MEGR 1100: Foundations of Math and Science for Engineers (4 credit hours) 

2021 Fall

MEGR 6166/8166: Mechanical Behavior of Materials

2020 Spring

2021 Spring


MEGR 7090/8090: Phase Transformation in Solids

2020 Fall

MEGR 7090/8090: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy

2019 Fall

MEGR 8090: Failure of Materials

2022 Spring


Contact Me ​

Youxing Chen

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 

Charlotte, North Carolina 28223


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