Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Associate Professor 


Phone: (216) 368-5191
Office Location: Glennan 423



  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2005
  • B.A., English, China University of Petroleum, 1999
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, China University of Petroleum, 1999

Research Areas:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Scalable Nano-Manufacturing
  • Lithium ion battery

Selected Awards/Honors:

  • Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2018.
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, Case School of Engineering, CWRU, 2018.
  • First Place, RAMP National Research Competition on Sustainable Manufacturing, organized by NIST, NSF, ASME and ASTM, 2017.
  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2014.
  • State of Wisconsin “Citation of Commendation” Award, 2014.
  • The Gustav Olling Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2013.
  • LEO Best Paper Award, 2013 CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Singapore. 

Selected Publications:

  • Fan Yang, Yuanyuan Xie, Yelin Deng, Chris Yuan*. “Predictive modeling of battery degradation and greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. state-level electric vehicle operation”, Nature Communications, 2018, 9:2429, p.1-10.
  • Yadan Zeng, Tonghui Li, Yelin Deng, Chris Yuan*. “A General Empirical Energy Consumption Model for CNC Milling Machine”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering-ASME Transaction, 2019. 141 (2), 021020.
  • Yang Hou, Qiu, M., Zhang, T., Ma, J., Liu S.H., Zhuang, X.D., Yuan, C., Feng, X.L. “Efficient Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting by a 3D Nanostructured Carbon Supported on Flexible Exfoliated-Graphene-Foil”, Advanced Materials, 29(3), 2017, 1604480.
  • Chris Yuan*, Yelin Deng, Tonghui Li, Fan Yang. Manufacturing Energy Analysis of Lithium Ion Battery Pack for Electric Vehicles, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 66(1), 2017, pp.53-56.
  • Yelin Deng, Li, J.Y., Li, T.H., Gao, X.F., Chris Yuan*. “Life Cycle Assessment of Lithium Sulfur Battery for Electric Vehicles”, Journal of Power Sources, 343, 2017, pp. 284-295.
  • Yuanyuan Xie, Pan, D.Q, Ma, L.L, Chris Yuan*. “Optimizing the process efficiency of atomic layer deposition of alumina for its sustainability improvement: a combined experimental and modeling study”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 133(1), 2016, pp 338–347.
  • Dongqing Pan, Guan, D.S, Jen, T.C., Chris Yuan*. “Atomic Layer Deposition Process Modeling and Experimental Investigation for Sustainable Manufacturing of Nano Thin Films”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering-ASME Transaction, 138(10), 2016, 101010.  
  • Tonghui Li, Chris Yuan*. “An Optimal Design Analysis of a Novel Parabolic Trough Lighting and Thermal System”, International Journal of Energy Research, 40(9), 2016, pp. 1193–1206.
  • Junling Xie, Chris Yuan*.  “Parametric Study of Ice Thermal Storage System with Thin Layer Ring by Taguchi Method”, Applied Thermal Engineering, 98, 2016, pp.246-255.
  • Jianyang Li, Hou, Y., Gao, X.F., Guan, D.S., Xie, Y.Y., Chen, J.H., Chris Yuan*. “A three-dimensionally interconnected carbon nanotube/layered MoS2 nanohybrid network for lithium ion battery anode with superior rate capacity and long-cycle-life”, Nano Energy, 16, 2015, pp.10-18.