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Hanchen Huang


Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
334 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Office: 334L Snell Engineering
Tel: 617-373-5558

Interfaces Engineering Laboratory


  • PhD (1995), Nuclear Engineering,
    University of California at Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Fabrication of nanorods, involving physical vapor deposition experiments, atomistic simulations, and theoretical formulations
  • Mechanics and radiation damage of nanostructured materials using atomistic simulations
  • Solar and nuclear energy technologies

Teaching Interests

  • Solid mechanics - statics and dynamics
  • Computational engineering science

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow (2014), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Research Excellence Award (2012), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut.
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2012), School of Engineering, University of Connecticut.
  • Elected Membership (2011) of Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Royal Society of London KTP Visiting Professorship (2010).
  • Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Energy (2009-2013).
  • School of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2007), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research and Scholarship (2002), Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Selected Publications

  • X. B. Niu, S. P. Stagon, Hanchen Huang, J. K. Baldwin, and A. Misra, "Smallest Metallic Nanorods Using Physical Vapor Deposition", Physical Review Letters 110, 136102 (2013); this paper has been chosen as "Editors’ Suggestion", highlighted at the front page of, highlighted as "Synopsis in Physics", and featured in UConn Today.
  • L. G. Zhou and Hanchen Huang, "Controversy over Elastic Constants Based on Interatomic Potentials", Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology – ASME Transaction 135, 11010 (2013).
  • Hanchen Huang and Helena van Swygenhoven, "Atomistic Simulations of Mechanics of Nanostructures", MRS Bulletin 34, 160-163, (2009).
  • Hanchen Huang, Insight: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, in Sandia Technology, Fall Issue of 2007; pp 8-9, and cover page on the back.
  • Hanchen Huang, Texture Evolution during Thin Film Deposition, in Handbook of Materials Modeling, Springer Science and Business Media, 2005.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Materials International
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (elected fellow)
  • Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (elected senior member)
  • Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (elected member)
  • Materials Research Society
  • US Association for Computational Mechanics