Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar Series: Dr. Wen Chen, UMass Amherst, "Additive Manufacturing of Emerging Complex Alloys with Engineered Structures"

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
10:00 am to 10:50 am
Floor/Room #
Room 229

Abstract: The increasing demands for materials serving under extreme environments call for the development of emerging classes of metal alloys with increasingly complex compositions. However, synthesis and processing of complex alloys via traditional routes are challenging. Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is a disruptive technology for creating materials and components in a single print. Harnessing the vast compositional space of complex alloys and the far-from-equilibrium processing conditions (e.g., large thermal gradients and high cooling rates) of additive manufacturing provides a paradigm-shifting pathway for material design. In this talk, I will present the potential of utilizing laser additive manufacturing and direct ink writing to produce metal alloys with engineered structural hierarchy across multiple length scales. These unique microstructures give rise to exceptional mechanical and functional properties that extend far beyond those accessible by conventional manufacturing. In addition, I will discuss the abundant opportunities enabled by additive manufacturing for high-throughput materials discovery to accelerate the pace of future materials search for a wide range of applications in aerospace, biomedical, and renewable energy.

Bio: Dr. Wen Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University in 2016. After his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he studied a variety of additive manufacturing techniques such as projection stereolithography, direct ink writing, and laser powder bed fusion. Dr. Chen's current research interests include advanced manufacturing, mechanical behavior of materials, physical metallurgy, and architected materials. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and NSF CAREER Award. He has served as an editorial board member of Scientific Reports since 2018.

Contact Person
Prof. Lin Cheng