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:

  • 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:

  1. Hou, Y., 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Guan, D.S., Yuan, C.* “Enhancing the Cycling Stability of Tin Sulfide Anodes for Lithium Ion Battery by Titanium Oxide Atomic Layer Deposition”, Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage-ASME Transactions, 13(2), 2016, 021004.
  4. Xie, Y.Y. Pan, D.Q, Ma, L.L, Yuan, C.* “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.
  5. 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 Transactions, 138(10), 2016, 101010.  
  6. Hou, Y, Li, J.Y., Gao, X.F., Wen, Z.H., Yuan, C.* and Chen, J.H.*.  “3D Dual-Confined Sulfur Encapsulated in Porous Carbon Nanosheets and Wrapped with Graphene Aerogels as Cathode for Advanced Lithium Sulfur Batteries”, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 8228 - 8235.
  7. Li, J.Y., Hou, Y., Gao, X.F., Guan, D.S., Xie, Y.Y., Chen, J.H., Yuan, C.* “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.
  8. Gao, X.F.,, Li, J.Y., Xie, Y.Y., Guan D.S. Yuan, C.*. “A Multilayered Silicon-Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrode for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7(15), 2015, pp.7855-7862.
  9. 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.
  10. Li, B.B., Gao, X.F, Li, J.Y. Yuan, C.* “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.