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: lqc3@psu.edu


  • 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  ~ 70,000, H-index = 127 (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


    • > 60 honors and awards received by Ph.D. Students (NSF Career Award, Acta Materialia Best Student Paper Award, 4 MRS Graduate Student Medals, American Ceramic Society Graduate Excellence Awards, TMS Young Leader Awards, MRS postdoc award, Named Postdoctoral Fellowships at National Labs, best Ph.D. thesis research award, Alumni Association Ph.D. Dissertation Award, Robert Newnham Awards, 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
    • Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Cross-Field 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
    • 2020 American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award
    • 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)