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Long-Qing Chen

Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, 
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics,
Materials Research Institute
The Pennsylvania State University 
N-229 Millennium Science Complex 
University Park, PA 16802-5005 
Office: (814) 863-8101, Fax: (814) 865-7173, E-mail:


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D., 1990
  • Stony Brook University, Materials Science and Engineering, M.S., 1985
  • Zhejiang University, Materials Science and Engineering, B.S., 1982
  • Rutgers University, Materials Science and Engineering, Postdoc, 1990-1992


  • 2015 – Present, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Professor Mathematics, Penn State
  • 2012 – 2015, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State
  • 2002 – 2012, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State
  • 2000 – 2012, Associate Head for Graduate Studies in Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State
  • 1998 – 2002, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State
  • 1992 – 1998, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State


  • Development of mesoscale computational models integrating phase-field method with microelasticity, micromagnetics, electrostatics, and chemical/thermal transport and their applications to:
    • Coupled structural and electronic phase transitions in quantum materials
    • Domain structures and electrical/mechanical/magnetic couplings in nanoferroelectrics/piezoelectrics, magnetics, and multiferroics and their thin films and heterostructures including magnetoelectric device modeling
    • Electrochemical transport and microstructure evolution in solid state oxide fuel cell and battery electrodes and ionic transport in solid electrolytes
    • Microstructure evolution during alloy phase transformations including order-disorder, phase separation, and martensitic transformations during heat treatment or additive manufacturing
    • Grain growth in single-phase and multi-phase thin films and bulk systems
    • Interactions between defect and phase microstructures
    • Precipitate morphologies and Ostwald ripening
    • Dielectric capacitor degradation and breakdown
    • Growth kinetics and morphology of 2D materials
  • Analytical thermodynamic and kinetic theories of phase transitions, interfaces, and microstructures
  • Density function theory and lattice dynamics calculations of finite-temperature structural and interfacial thermodynamic and kinetic properties
  • Multiscale modeling integrating atomistic/first principles calculations with phase-field method or kinetic Monte Carlo method


  • ~ 800 total publications
  • Citations: Total  ~ 60,000, H-index = 116 (according to Google Scholars)
  • Textbook: Thermodynamic Equilibrium and Stability of Materials, Springer-Nature, 2022
  • Co-edited 3 books with one book “Continuum Scale Simulation of Engineering Materials” which was on the top-10 bestseller list in Materials Science in 2005 according to the publisher, Wiley VCH
  • >~ 400 invited presentations including 7 at Gordon Research Conferences
  • 2 patents with one licensed by Intel


  • > 40 honors and awards received by Ph.D. Students (1 Acta Materialia Best Student Paper Award, 4 MRS Graduate Student Medals, 5 American Ceramic Society Graduate Excellence Awards, two TMS Young Leader Awards, 1 MRS postdoc award, 3 Named Postdoctoral Fellowships at National Labs, 1 best Ph.D. thesis research award, 1 Alumni Association Ph.D. Dissertation Award, 6 Robert Newnham Awards, 1 Beaver Teaching Award, etc.)
  • Advised or co-advised more than 30 Ph.D. thesis (+6 MS thesis) and more than postdocs


  • Editor-in-Chief for npj Computational Materials by the Nature Publishing Group; Editor for Materials Research Letters by Taylor & Francis; Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society; and Overseas Editor for Materials Transactions, JIM (Japanese Institute of Metals); Editorial Board Member of Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics, Computational Materials Science, the International Journal of Nano & Biomaterials, Communications in Computational Physics
  • Organized or co-organized more than 40 MRS, TMS, and MS&T conference symposia including Chairing or Co-Chairing the International Seminar on Phase-field Method 2009 and 2014


  • 2022 TMS FMD John Bardeen Award
  • 2021 Charles Hatchett Award
  • 2021 The Paul F. Robertson Award for the Penn State EMS Breakthrough of the Year
  • 2020 American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award
  • Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Cross-Field 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Fellow of AAAS, 2018
  • 2017 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Fellow and life member of TMS (2017)
  • Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS, 2015)
  • 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Materials Theory Award
  • Fellow of MRS, 2013
  • Fellow of ASM International (ASM, 2012)
  • 2011 TMS EMPMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award 
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2008)
  • 2006 ASM Materials Science Research Silver Medal
  • 2005 Guggenheim Fellow from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
  • 2003 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in Engineering
  • 2000 Earth and Mineral Science College Wilson Award for Outstanding Research
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1995)