Dr Ying Chen

Rolls-Royce Research Fellow

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Ying completed his PhD in Coatings and Ceramics from the University of Manchester in 2015. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Manchester from 2015 to 2018, during which he worked on several EU and industry funded projects on thermal barrier coatings. In 2018, Ying moved to Oxford and joined OxMet Technologies (now Alloyed) as an alloy development engineer and coating programme leader. In 2019, Ying rejoined the University of Manchester as a Rolls-Royce Research Fellow and Lecturer, affiliated with the department of materials and the Henry Royce Institute. His research activities are focused on developing and understanding protective coatings and alloys for demanding environments using advanced processing, cutting-edge analytical tools and computational modelling.  In particular, his research group works on (1) developing coatings for next-generation jet engines, (2) understanding and modelling the mechanical properties of engineering coatings and (3) developing protective coatings for refractory metal alloys and additively manufactured alloys. He has been working closely with leading industry partners to develop strategic research programmes in his research fields. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and many of them are on top journals. He is the award winner of the Best Research Staff of Year 2020/21 for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Funded PhD opportunites are available for candiates with strong background in material science, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physcis. Please contact for more details. 


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  • High Temperature Materials, Coatings

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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