Professor Bo Chen

Prof Bo Chen has worked for more than 10 years in the field of high-temperature structural materials performance and has specialised in advanced manufacturing, microstructural characterisation as well as creep and fatigue related lifetime prediction.

Bo Chen

Professor of Engineering Materials

EPSRC Early Career Research Fellow

Head of Mechanics of Materials (MoM) Research Group

Director of Research at School of Engineering

Tel: +44(0)116 229 7911


ORCID: 0000-0003-1960-080X

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Bo obtained a BSc degree from Beihang University between 2003 and 2007, specialising in Materials Engineering.  He then carried out his PhD in Department of Engineering at University of Bristol, between 2007 and 2011, followed by taking two Post-doctoral Research Associate posts in 2011 in Bristol’s High Temperature Centre and then in 2013 in Materials Performance Centre at University of Manchester.  In 2015, Bo moved to a Lectureship at Coventry University, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017.  He was awarded a 5-year EPSRC Early-career Fellowship in Nuclear Fission in 2018.  Bo became a Professor of Engineering Materials at University of Leicester in March 2019 and at the same time he took the Associate Director role for the NISCO UK Research Centre.

Areas of research interests:

  • Creep, fatigue as well as oxidation
  • Residual stresses at different length-scales
  • High-temperature structural integrity assessment
  • Electron beam melting and other powder-bed-fusion additive manufacturing processes (experiment and process model)
  • Physical metallurgy of high-temperature structural materials
  • Titanium alloys and gamma-TiAl alloys
  • Nickel base superalloys
  • Austenitic stainless steels
  • Large scale experimental facilities (neutron and synchrotron X-ray based)
  • Microstructural characterisation using advanced electron microscopy


I obtained the Fellow of Higher Education Academy in July 2017.  In the past, I taught the following modules:

  • Manufacturing and Materials (Year 1 UG)
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacture (Year 3 UG)
  • Engineering Materials for Oil and Gas (MSc)
  • Metrology and Lightweight Advanced Materials (MSc)

Selected publications:

  • Hu J, Xuan F, Liu C, Chen B, “Modelling of cavity nucleation under creep-fatigue interaction” (2021), Mechanics of Materials, vol. 156, pp. 103799: 1-14
  • Zhao Z, Qian L, Zhang F, Xu W, Chen B, "Transition from internal to surface crack initiation of a single-crystal superalloy in the very-high-cycle fatigue regime at 1100 °C" (2021), International Journal of Fatigue, vol. 150, pp. 106343: 1-14
  • Gao B, Peng H, Liang Y, Lin J, Chen B, “Electron beam melted TiC/high Nb-TiAl nanocomposite: Microstructure and mechanical property (2021), Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 811, pp. 141059: 1-12
  • Yao Y, Xing C, Peng H, Guo H, Chen B, "Solidification microstructure and tensile deformation mechanisms of selective electron beam melted Ni3Al-based alloy at room and elevated temperatures" (2021), Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 802, 140629: 1-15
  • Zhao P, Chen B, Zheng Z, Guan B, Zhang X, Tu S, “Microstructure and texture evolution in a post-dynamic recrystallised titanium during annealing, monotonic and cyclic loading” (2021), Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 52, pp. 394-412
  • Gao F, Fan J, Zhang L, Chen B, “Unravelling the origin of tribo-magnetization in ferromagnetic material” (2020), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 50176-50186
  • Li Y, Parfitt D, Flewitt PEJ, Hou X, Quinta de Fonseca J, Chen B, "Microstructural considerations of enhanced tensile strength and mechanical constraint in a copper/stainless steel brazed joint" (2020) Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 796, 13992: 1-13
  • Jin J, Gao R, Peng H, Guo H, Gong S, Chen B, “Rapid solidification microstructure and carbide precipitation behavior in electron beam melted high-speed steel” (2020) Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 51, pp. 2411-2429
  • Zhao Z, Zhang F, Dong C, Yang X, Chen B, “Initiation and early-stage growth of internal fatigue cracking under very-high-cycle fatigue regime at high temperature” (2020) Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 51, pp. 1575-1592
  • Zhao P, Chen B, Kelleher J, Yuan G, Guan B, Zhang X, Tu S, “High-cycle-fatigue induced continuous grain growth in ultrafine-grained titanium” (2019), Acta Materialia, vol. 174, pp. 29-42
  • Kan W, Chen B, Jin C, Peng H, Lin J, “Microstructure and mechanical properties of a high Nb-TiAl alloy fabricated by electron beam melting” (2018) Materials & Design, vol. 160, pp. 611-623.
  • Peng H, Shi Y, Gong S, Guo H, Chen B, “Microstructure, mechanical properties and cracking behaviour in a gamma’-precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloy fabricated by electron beam melting” (2018) Materials & Design, vol. 159, pp. 155-169.
  • Hu J, Chen B, Smith DJ, Flewitt PEJ, Cocks ACF “On the evaluation of the Bauschinger effect in an austenitic stainless steel – The role of multi-scale residual stresses” (2016) International Journal of Plasticity, vol. 84, pp.  203-223.
  • Chen B, Hu J, Wang Y, Zhang S, Van Petegem S, Cocks ACF, Smith DJ, and Flewitt PEJ “Role of the misfit stress between grains on the Bauschinger effect for a polycrystalline material” (2015) Acta Materialia, vol. 85, pp. 229-242
  • Chen B, Flewitt PEJ, Cocks ACF, Smith DJ “A review of the changes of internal state related to high temperature creep of polycrystalline metals and alloys” (2015) International Materials Reviews, vol. 60, pp. 1-29
  • Chen B, Skouras A., Wang Y, Kelleher JF, Zhang S, Smith DJ, Flewitt PEJ, Pavier MJ “In situ neutron diffraction measurement of residual stress relaxation in a welded steel pipe during heat treatment” (2014) Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 590, pp. 374-383
  • Chen B, Flewitt PEJ, Smith DJ, Jones CP “An improved method to identify grain boundary creep cavitation in 316H austenitic stainless steel” (2011) Ultramicroscopy, vol. 111, pp. 309-313
  • Chen B, Flewitt, PEJ, Smith DJ “Microstructural sensitivity of 316H austenitic stainless steel: residual stress relaxation and grain boundary fracture” (2010) Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 527, pp. 7387-7399


I have obtained a total value of £1.92M in the last 4 years, highlights include:

  • EP/R043973/1, Enabling sixty years creep-fatigue life of the next generation nuclear reactors (SYNERgy), EPSRC Early Career Fellowship in Nuclear Fission 2019-2024
  • EP/P025978/1, Cyclic deformation and damage mechanisms in additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V with graded microstructures, EPSRC First Grant Scheme 2017-2019

External collaborators

I am a great believer in teamwork and thrive in collaborations.  Below providing a list of research partners with whom I have performed collaborative and funded research programmes:

  • UK: Universities of Oxford, Manchester, Bristol, Science and Technology Facilities Council, National Nuclear Laboratory, UK Atomic Energy Authority, AMEC Foster Wheeler, EDF Energy UK, Rolls-Royce plc, TWI, the MTC, Nuclear-AMRC (HVM Catapult Centres)
  • Europe: CEA and EDF R&D in France, DG-Joint Research Centre in Netherlands, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd in Finland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • China: Beihang University, East China University of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Northeastern University
  • Australia: Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology
  • South Africa: University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, CSIR National Laser Centre

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