Materials & Small-Scale Mechanics (MaSSM) Lab

– Emphasis on structural materials for energy applications

Youxing Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Energy Production & Infrastructure Center  

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

UNC Charlotte 

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=e2NeSZUAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1111-4495

ResearcherID: P-5006-2016

Research interests

Dr. Chen’s group is interested in structural materials that can sustain load under extreme environments, such as radiation, and high temperature. The research includes advanced manufacturing and the fundamental relationship between materials structure and property across multiple length scales: from the atomic scale to the macroscopic scale. These materials are generally for energy applications.

  • Structural characterization of novel materials
  • Advanced nanoindentation for strength, creep, and fatigue properties
  • Radiation tolerance of structural materials for advanced nuclear energy
  • Small-scale mechanical behavior
  • In situ and ex-situ electron microscopy
  • Additive manufacturing of metals, ceramics, and composites
  • Materials Removal Mechanisms during Precision Machining

Service at MEES, UNCC


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


  • 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, 2022 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

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 

Charlotte, North Carolina 28223

Email: ychen103@charlotte.edu