Dr Ying Chen

Rolls-Royce Research Fellow

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I completed my PhD in Coatings and Ceramics from the University of Manchester in 2015. My PhD focused on developing fundamental understanding of degradation of Ni-based coatings (NiCoCrAlY and platinum aluminide) at high temperatures. After completing my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Manchester from 2015 to 2018, during which I pioneered the use of micromechanical testing to ceramic thermal barrier coatings and opened up opportunities for accelerating their microstructural design to achieve longer lifetime. In 2018, I joined OxMet Technologies (now Alloyed) as an alloy development engineer and coating programme lead working on design of additively manufactured alloys and coatings by computational modelling. In 2019, I was awarded a Rolls-Royce Research Fellowship and returned to the University of Manchester. My research group focuses on developing novel protective coatings for extreme environments (e.g. jet engines) by advanced processing, cutting-edge analytical/testing tools and computational modelling. I am particularly interested in (1) microstructural design for tough and durable ceramic coatings by micromechanical testing, modelling and processing and (2) developing oxidation/corrosion resistant coatings and additively manufactured alloys by high-resolution characterisations, thermodynamic and kinetic modelling. 

I have published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and many of them are on top journals (e.g. 9 papers on Acta Materialia). I am the award winner of the Best Research Staff of Year 2020/21 for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. I am a frequent invited discussant for Rolls-Royce strategical programme workshops in surface engineering. I am currently the principal investigator of the Characterisation and Environmental Degradation work package of a UKRI funded project on developing a modelling platform for additively manufactured alloys and a co-investigator of 2 BEIS funded projects on nuclear ceramics.

Funded PhD opportunities are available for candidates with strong background in material science, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics. Please contact me for more details.

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Coatings, Demanding Environments, Degradation, Micromechanics, Ceramics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester (2011 - 2015)
  • 2011 - Master of Engineering Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008 - 2011)
  • 2008 - Bachelor of Engineering Zhengzhou University (2004 - 2008)

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