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:

  • Lithium ion battery
  • Solar energy conversion
  • Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Industrial energy efficiency
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

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, Y.L., Chris Yuan*. “Predictive modeling of battery degradation and greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. state-level electric vehicle operation”, Nature Communications, accepted.
  • Yuan, Kai; Sfaelou, Stavroula ; Qiu, Ming ; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, Dirk; Zhuang, Xiaodong; Chen, Yiwang; Yuan, Chris; Feng, Xinliang; Scherf, Ullrich.  "The Synergetic Contribution of Boron and Fe–Nx Species in Porous Carbons Towards Efficient Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", ACS Energy Letters, 2018, 3 (1), pp 252–260.
  • Yang Hou, Ming Qiu, Tao Zhang, Xiaodong Zhuang, Chang-Soo Kim, Chris Yuan, Xinliang Feng. “Ternary Porous Cobalt Phosphoselenide Nanosheets: An Efficient Electrocatalyst for Electrocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting”, Advanced Materials, 29(35), 2017, 1701589.
  • Yang HouMing QiuGyutae NamMin Gyu KimTao ZhangKejun Liu, Xiaodong Zhuang, Jaephil Cho, Chris Yuan, and Xinliang Feng. “Integrated Hierarchical Cobalt Sulfide/Nickel Selenide Hybrid Nanosheets as An Efficient Three-dimensional Electrode for Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting”, Nano Letters, 2017, 17 (7), pp 4202–4209.
  • Yang Hou, Ming Qiu, Tao Zhang, Ji Ma, Shaohua Liu, Xiaodong Zhuang, Chris Yuan, Xinliang Feng. “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*, Deng, Y.L., Li, T.H., Yang, F. Manufacturing Energy Analysis of Lithium Ion Battery Pack for Electric Vehicles, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 66(1), 2017, pp.53-56.
  • Deng, Y.L., Li, J.Y., Li, T.H., Gao, X.F., Yuan, C.*. “Life Cycle Assessment of Lithium Sulfur Battery for Electric Vehicles”, Journal of Power Sources, 343, 2017, pp.284-295.
  • Pan, D.Q., Guan, D.S, Jen, T.C., Yuan, C.* “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.  
  • Jianyang Li, Yang Hou, Xianfeng Gao, Dongsheng Guan, Yuanyuan Xie, Junhong Chen, 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.
  • Hou, Y., Li, J.Y., Wen, Z.H., Cui, S.M., Yuan, C.* and Chen, J.H.*. “N-Doped Graphene/Porous g-C3N4 Nanosheets Supported Layered-MoS2 Hybrid as Robust Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries”, Nano Energy, 8, 2014, pp.157-164.
  • Yang Hou, Jianyang Li, Zhenhai Wen, Shumao Cui, Chris Yuan* and Junhong Chen*. “Co3O4 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped porous carbon dodecahedrons with enhanced electrochemical properties for lithium storage and water splitting”, Nano Energy, 12, 2015, pp.1-8.
  • Bingbing Li, Xianfeng Gao, Jianyang Li, Chris Yuan* “Life Cycle Environmental Impact of High Capacity Lithium Ion Battery with Silicon Nanowire Anode for Electric Vehicles”, Environmental Science and Technology, 2014, 48 (5), pp 3047–3055.