Advanced Materials and Mechanics Laboratory

Zhe Chen


  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, 2014-current University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, 2012 Michigan State University
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, 2008 Zhejiang University

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the development and application of novel experimental methods to understand how materials processing and microstructure affect properties and failure mechanisms. I am working on the small-scale characterization of deformation mechanisms in polycrystalline alpha-titanium alloys, specifically the experimental validation of a new framework for capturing materials microstructural and property information using computationally efficient reduced order random field descriptors.


  • EBSD Student Support Funds, 2012
  • Student Travel Grant, TMS Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Hitachi HTA Scholarship, 2010


  • Z. Chen, C.J. Boehlert, Evaluating the Plastic Anisotropy of AZ31 Using Microscopy Techniques, JOM, 65 (2013) 1237-1244.
  • Z. Chen, A. Shyam, J. Huang, R.F. Decker, S.E. LeBeau, C.J. Boehlert, The Small Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of an AM60 Magnesium Alloy, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44 (2012) 1045-1058.
  • Z. Chen, J. Huang, R.F. Decker, S.E. LeBeau, L.R. Walker, O.B. Cavin, T.R. Watkins, C.J. Boehlert, The Effect of Thermomechanical Processing on the Tensile, Fatigue, and Creep Behavior of Magnesium Alloy AM60, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 42 (2011) 1386-1399.