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Chen Research Group


We are seeking highly motivated graduate students (1 Ph.D. and 1~2 M.S. with thesis), undergraduate students (1~2), visiting students and scholars (1~2) with focus on photonics/ acoustics/ mechanics/ manufacturing, and functional devices. If you are interested, please apply to ASU first before you contact the PI (Dr. Xiangfan Chen, Xiangfan.Chen at Please include your detailed curriculum vitae, transcript, along with a brief cover letter expressing your research interests and your academic background. Ph.D. candidates will be provided with financial support through their graduate studies.

Ph.D Candidate Requirements: Students with background of Physics, Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, or, Materials Science, are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to be self-motivated, team-oriented, and rich in hands-on experience, including but not limited to:

  • expertise in modeling/simulation tools (i.e., FEA using ANSYS/ ABAQUS/ COMSOL; Computational Electromagnetics using FDTD/ RCWA),
  • optical/mechanical/electrical design of experimental set-up,
  • test of material physical and chemical properties and usage of scientific tools.


Congratulations to Wenbo Wang for publishing paper on ACS Materials Letters!

Congratulations to Wenbo Wang for publishing paper on ACS Materials Letters to report report an ion-conductive SH hydrogel suitable for a home-built high-resolution and high-speed 3D printing process, micro continuous liquid interface production (μCLIP). (Link)

High-Speed and High-Resolution 3D Printing of Self-Healing and Ion-Conductive Hydrogels via μCLIP

Wenbo Wang, Siying Liu, Luyang Liu, Saleh Alfarhan, Kailong Jin, and Xiangfan Chen
ACS Materials Letters Article ASAP

DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.3c00439

Congratulations to Alex!

Congratulations to Alexander Potts for successfully defending his Barrett honors thesis!

Congratulations Alex on a successful Barrett Honors undergraduate thesis defense! With Profs. Xiangfan Chen and Dhruv Bhate as co-advisors. Alex is on to UCSD for his PhD!

ASME SSDM 2023 Conference

Dr. Chen is co-organizing the Advanced Manufacturing symposium at ASME Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SSDM 2023). The Presentation Only Abstract Submission deadline is February 13, 2023 (Link).

Congratulations to Siying Liu for publishing paper

Congratulations to Siying Liu for publishing paper on Research, A Science Partner Journal  to report high-speed 3D-printing of piezoelectric device! (Link)

Siying Liu, Wenbo Wang, Weiheng Xu, Luyang Liu, Wenlong Zhang, Kenan Song, Xiangfan Chen, “Continuous Three-Dimensional Printing of Architected Piezoelectric Sensors in Minutes“, Research, vol. 2022, Article ID 9790307, 13 pages, 2022.


Students’ Award

Siying Liu is awarded the NSF SFF Student Award to present his work at the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium in Austin this July. Congratulations! 06/10/2022

Siying Liu is also awarded the Graduate College Q1 Travel Award to present his work at the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium in Austin this July. Congratulations! 06/21/2022

Call for papers on “Additive manufacturing of wearable medical devices” in JoVE

Call for papers for a Collection titled “Additive manufacturing of wearable medical devices” on the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) (Link)

The purpose of the Collection is to offer a comprehensive overview of additive manufacturing for the applications in wearable and medical devices.

The most recent Impact Factor for JoVE (ISSN 1940-087X) is 1.184, according to the 2017 Journal Citation Reports released by Clarivate Analytics in 2018, and the Journal is currently indexed in the major databases, including PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus and Web of Science.

After submission, each manuscript will be editorially and peer reviewed, which is typically a 1-2 month process. Once a text article passes review, a script will be generated. Generally, a filming date will be scheduled within 4-8 weeks after acceptance. A videographer will be sent to the authors’ site to film the procedure.

If you are interested, either message me or submit an abstract here (


FURI Grant Received

2021/05/10, Michael Schelp was awarded the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) grants for 2021 fall and 2022 spring semesters.

Lab Renovation

2020/01/22. Lab Renovation and Construction Complete

New NSF Grant

Dr. Xiangfan Chen received a new NSF grant to study metal 3D printing as Co-PI.


Collaborative Paper Published

Our collaborative paper “45% Periodicity Reduction in Nanocomposite Thin Films via Rapid Solvent Removal” was accepted for publication on Macromolecules (ACS Publications) – American Chemical Society. Congratulations!

In the paper, we investigated the kinetic pathway of NP assembly in lamellar supramolecular nanocomposite thin films during solvent vapor annealing and after solvent removal. The study provides a facile approach to access nonequilibrium structures in nanocomposite thin films for the fabrication of functional metamaterial coatings to manipulate light in subwavelength dimensions. Congrats! 


Paper Published

Dr. Xiangfan Chen’s paper “Hyperbolic Dispersion via Symmetric and Antisymmetric Orderings of Artificial Magnetic Dipole Array” was accepted for publication on ACS Photonics.

In the paper, we reported a theoretical and experimental study in achieving the hyperbolic dispersion via the symmetric and antisymmetric hybridization of two-dimensional (2D) artificial magnetic dipoles using metasurfaces possessing artificial magnetic resonance at optical frequencies. Congrats! 


We are seeking highly motivated graduate students (2 Ph.D., 2 M.S.), undergraduate students (a few), visiting students and scholars (a few) in one of the following areas: mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanics, physics, electrical engineering, and materials science. 
If you are interested, please contact Prof. Xiangfan Chen. Please include your detailed curriculum vitae along with a brief cover letter expressing your research interests and your academic background.

For ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, please refer to:, and for admission questions please refer to:
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