Dr. Wen is an Assistant Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Missouri S&T. He obtained his PhD from University of California, Davis in 2012, and subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at Northwestern University and Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, he was a Research Assistant Professor at Idaho State University and a staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory. Dr. Wen has extensive experience in research and development of advanced materials (especially metallic materials), including fabrication, microstructural characterization, investigation of mechanical behaviour, and radiation effects. He also has important expertise in advanced microscopy and microanalysis techniques such as transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. He has been leading multiple research projects funded externally. Dr. Wen has authored or coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Materials Science and Engineering A, and has served the lead guest-editor of special issues in Journal of Nanomaterials and AIMS Materials Science.
PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Davis Sep. 2012
MEng, Materials Science & Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences Jul. 2008
BEng (Honors), Ceramics Science & Engineering, Sichuan University, China Jul. 2005
Assistant Professor, Aug. 2017 - Present, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Research Assistant Professor & Staff Scientist, Jan. 2016 - Aug. 2017, Idaho State University & Idaho National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2015, Idaho National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oct. 2012 - Aug. 2014, Northwestern University
Honors and Awards
Feb. 2014 Commendation JC Maxwell Young Writer's Prize, Taylor & Francis
Feb. 2012 "Top Reviewer" for the journal Materials Science and Engineering: A
Oct. 2011 Poster Award of 2011 Materials Science & Technology Conference, Columbus, OH
Aug. 2011 Best Poster Award, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, UC Davis
The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society; Microscopy Society of America; Microanalysis Society
-Guest Editor for special issue on "Advanced microstructural characterization of materials" in AIMS Materials Science
-Editorial Board Member of Materials Science and Engineering A, AIMS Materials Science, Studies in Engineering and Technology
-Reviewer for Materials Science and Engineering A, Scripta Materialia, Acta Materialia, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Materials Science, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Philosophical Magazine, Chemical Engineering Journal. Reviewed ~100 papers.
-Reviewer of grant proposals for Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy.
-Lead organizer and co-organizer of symposia at The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society Annual Conferences.
Major Research Grants
-Title: Enhancing irradiation tolerance of steels via nanostructuring by innovative manufacturing techniques; Role: PI; Funding amount: R&D dollars $500,000 plus Nuclear Science User Facility access in the value of ~$2,400,000; Funding agency: Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; Dates: 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2023.
-Title: Oxidation behavior of silicon carbide and graphitic materials; Role: PI; Funding amount: $800,000; Funding agency: Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; Dates: 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2021.
-Title: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Faculty Development Grant; Role: beneficiary; Funding amount: $450,000; Funding agency: NRC; Dates: 8/1/2018 - 7/31/2021.
Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys and high entropy alloys with dramatically improved mechanical properties and irradiation resistance than conventional materials; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Application of advanced materials in energy, transportation and defense; Nuclear fuels and structural materials for current and next generation nuclear reactors; Irradiation effects in materials.
Current major projects: Nanostructured steels for nuclear applications; Oxidation of SiC and graphite; High-entropy alloys for extreme environments.
2 open PhD student positions are available. Interested candidates please contact Dr. Wen.
See the complete list of publications in Google Scholar or Research Ga