Wei Chen

  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research Interests

Computational discovery and design of new materials with high-performance computing and data mining.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) 


  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2020 
  • High-Impact Scientific Achievement Award, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), 2017 


Google Scholar Citations

  • M. de Jong*, W. Chen*, T. Angsten, A. Jain, R. Notestine, A. Gamst, M. Sluiter, C. Ande, S. van der Zwaag, S. Curtarolo, C. Toher, J.J. Plata, G. Ceder, K.A. Persson and M. Asta, "Charting the Complete Elastic Properties of Inorganic Crystalline Compounds", Scientific Data, 2015; 2:15009.
  • W. Sun, S. Jayaraman, W. Chen, G. Ceder and K.A. Persson, "Nucleation of Metastable Aragonite CaCO3 in Seawater", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015; 112:3199.
  • L. Cheng, W. Chen, M. Kunz, K.A. Persson, N. Tamura, G. Chen and M. Doeff, "Effect of Surface Microstructure on Electrochemical Performance of Garnet Solid Electrolytes", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015; 7:2073.
  • W. Chen, W.F. Schneider and C. Wolverton. "Trends in Atomic Adsorption on Pt3 M (111) Transition Metal Bimetallic Surface Overlayers", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014; 118:8342.
  • A. Jain, S.P. Ong, G. Hautier, W. Chen, W.D. Richards, S. Dacek, S. Cholia, D. Gunter, D. Skinner, G. Ceder and K.A. Persson. "The Materials Project: A Materials Genome Approach to Accelerating Materials Innovation", APL Materials, 2013; 1:011002.
  • W. Chen, P. Dalach, W.F. Schneider and C. Wolverton. "Interplay between Subsurface Ordering, Surface Segregation and Adsorption of Ordered Pt-Ti(111) Subsurface Structures", Langmuir, 2012; 28:4683.
  • W. Chen, D. Schmidt, W.F. Schneider and C. Wolverton. "Ordering and Oxygen Adsorption in Au-Pt/Pt(111) Surface Alloys", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011; 115:17915.
  • W. Chen, D. Schmidt, W.F. Schneider and C. Wolverton. "First-principles Cluster Expansion Study of Missing-row Reconstructions of FCC (110) Surfaces", Physical Review B, 2011; 83:075415.
  • D. Schmidt, W. Chen, C. Wolverton and W.F. Schneider. "Performance of Cluster Expansions of Coverage-Dependent Adsorption of Atomic Oxygen on Pt (111)", Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2011; 8:264.
  • Z. Mao, W. Chen, D.N. Seidman and C. Wolverton. "First-principles Study of the Nucleation and Stability of Ordered Precipitates in Ternary Al-Sc-Li Alloys", Acta Materialia, 2011; 59:3012.
  • W. Chen, Q.F. Liu, Q. Liu, L. Zhu and L. Wang. "A Combinatorial Study of the Corrosion and Mechanical Properties of Zn-Al Material Library Fabricated by Ion Beam Sputtering", Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2008; 459:261.
  • W. Chen and J. Sun. "The Electronic Structure and Mechanical Properties of MgCu2 Laves Phase Compound", Physica B: Condensed Matter, 2006; 382:279.


Computational materials science, density functional theory, materials informatics.