Dr. Xiang (Frank) Chen is a research staff member in the Materials Science & Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the principal investigator under several U.S. Department of Energy programs, including Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Light Water Reactor Sustainability, and Fusion Energy Science. His research interests include the mechanical behavior of structural materials under extreme environments and the correlation of mechanical properties and materials microstructure. He has over 100 combined publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports. He also holds two patents for advanced high-strength steels for automobile applications. He is the co-chair for the ASTM E08.07.06 task group in charge of ductile-brittle transition fracture toughness. He is the deputy pathway lead for the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Materials Research Pathway. Frank holds a Ph.D. degree and an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.E. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
- PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
- MS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
- BE, Nuclear Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2005
- Research Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (01/2022 – present)
- Research Associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (06/2016-12/2021)
- Research Engineer at ArcelorMittal East Chicago Global R&D (10/2014 – 06/2016)
- Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (07/2012 – 09/2014)