Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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 Intrests:

  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Electrochemical Modeling
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Atomic Layer Deposition 
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

Selected Awards/Honors:

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2019.
  • 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:

  • Xinyou Ke, Yan Wang, Guofeng Ren, Chris Yuan. “Towards rational mechanical design of inorganic solid electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium ion batteries”, Energy Storage Materials, In press.
  • Yang Hou, Ming Qiu, Min Kim, Pan Liu, Gyutae Nam, Tao Zhang, Xiaodong Zhuang, Bin Yang, Jaephil Cho, Mingwei Chen, Chris Yuan, Lecheng Lei. “Atomically dispersed nickel-nitrogen-sulfur species anchored on porous carbon nanosheets for efficient water oxidation”, Nature Communications, 10 (1), 2019, 1392.
  • Chenbao Lu, Jian Yang, Shice Wei, Shuai Bi, Ying Xia, Mingxi Chen, Yang Hou, Ming Qiu, Chris Yuan, Yuezeng Su, Fan Zhang, Haiwei Liang, Xiaodong Zhuang. “Atomic Ni Anchored Covalent Triazine Framework as High Efficient Electrocatalyst for Carbon”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2019, 1806884.
  • Chaojun Lei,  Yu Wang,  Yang Hou,  Pan Liu,  Jian yang,  Tao Zhang,  Xiaodong zhuang,  Mingwei Chen,  Bin Yang,  Lecheng Lei, Chris Yuan,  Ming Qiu.  Xinliang Feng. “Efficient Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution on Atomically Dispersed Ni–Nx Species Anchored Porous Carbon with Embedded Ni Nanoparticles by Accelerating Water Dissociation Kinetics”, Energy & Environmental Science, 2019, 12, pp149-156.
  • 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.
  • Yang Hou, Qiu, M., Zhang, T., Ma, J., Liu S.H., Zhuang, X.D., Chris Yuan, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.