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Hanchen Huang
Assistant Professor


Department Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering


  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, Applied Plasma Physics and Fusion Engineering (speciality: materials)
    M.S., Institute of Atomic Energy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China),
    Theoretical Physics (specialty: nuclear fission)

    B.S., Hebei Normal University (China) , Physics

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Professional Background:

Hanchen Huang was educated as a physicist (BS and MS) in China. In the US, he earned a PhD in engineering at UCLA, with thesis on Radiation Damage of beta Silicon Carbide. Through education and professional experience, Hanchen Huang has worked in several disciplines, including materials fabrication, mechanics of materials, radiation damage and aging of materials; or, from another perspective, theoretical physics, atomistic simulations, positron annihilation and physical vapor deposition experiments.

General Areas of Research
· Interfacial Phenomena
· Materials Processing
· Molecular Simulations
· Nanotechnology
· Nuclear Fusion
· Semiconductors
· Thin Film

Research Activities:

Dr. Huang's research group works on structure evolution of nanostructures, during fabrication, mechanical deformation, radiation, and aging. The research relies on primarily atomistic simulations and is augmented by experiments.

  • The research on nanofabrication of nanowires (and nanorods) aims at revealing atomistic mechanisms of growth, including both kinetic and thermodynamic factors.

  • The research on mechanics of nanowires, nanotubes, nanoplates, and nanowires aims at revealing anomalies with respect to continuum mechanics, including both elastic deformation and structural changes.

  • The research on nuclear materials covers high strain rate deformation relevant to impact loading, precipitation over decades relevant to aging, and cascades production and evolution relevant to neutron radiation.

  • In addition to materials/mechanics studies, the research also includes development of atomistic simulation methods, in particular an atomistic simulator ADEPT for crystalline structure evolution over seconds in time scale.


Recipient of a 2007 School of Engineering Excellence in Research Award

Contact Information:
Phone: (518) 276-2020

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rm: 2038
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Troy, New York


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