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Dr. Daolun Chen

Daolun Chen
Dr.rer.nat., BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng, AFCASI, FIMMM, FCIM, FCAE
416-979-5000 ext. 556487

Areas of Academic Interest

Advanced materials

Lightweight materials

Mechanical properties, deformation, fatigue, fracture

Microstructural characterization

Welding and joining


Year University Degree
1993 University of Vienna Dr.rer.nat.
1989 Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China PhD
1986 Northeastern University, Shenyang, China MSc
1983 Northeastern University, Shenyang, China BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course
BME 423 Biomaterials
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals
MTL 300 Materials Science II
ME8122 Mechanical Behaviour of Engineering Materials
ME8117 Fracture Mechanics


Daolun Chen is like the United Nations of engineering researchers. Educated in China, Austria and Canada, and with ongoing academic collaborations in these countries, as well as in Brazil, India, Japan and the U.S., Chen sees tremendous value in forming international bonds. First, multiple perspectives yield the best insights. Second, his work on lightweight advanced materials has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, which is a global issue.

What’s the connection to the environment? Lighter high-strength materials used in the construction of cars and airplanes, for example, make it possible to burn less fuel for the same distances. Reducing fuel consumption reduces both costs and pollution. 

But lighter materials such as magnesium alloys present new challenges when it comes to corrosion and welding. Chen studies how well alloys perform when mixed or coated with additional alloying elements. “This is a hot area in engineering. Big manufacturing companies are interested in using lighter materials. And everyone is interested in addressing climate change. Our goal is greater reliability, safety and environmental responsibility. Those are worldwide concerns.”

Daolun Chen

“Lightweight, high-strength materials are the future of manufacturing. It’s an exciting area to be in.”

  • Canadian Metal Physics Award
  • G.H. Duggan Medal
  • MetSoc Award for Research Excellence
  • MetSoc Distinguished Materials Scientist Award
  • Premier’s Research Excellence Award
  • Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Qu, S.J., Tang, S.Q., Feng, A.H., Feng, C., Shen, J., and Chen, D.L. “Microstructural Evolution and High-Temperature Oxidation Mechanisms of a Titanium Aluminide Based Alloy.” Acta Materialia, vol. 148, 2018, pp. 300-310.
  • Yan, C.K., Feng, A.H., Qu, S.J., Cao, G.J., Sun, J.L., Shen, J., and Chen, D.L. “Dynamic Recrystallization of Titanium: Effect of Pre-activated Twinning at Cryogenic Temperature.” Acta Materialia, vol. 154, 2018, pp. 311-324.
  • Mokdad, F., Chen, D.L., and Li, D.Y. “Single and Double Twin Nucleation, Growth, and Interaction in an Extruded Magnesium Alloy.” Materials and Design, vol. 119, 2017, pp. 376-396.
  • Mokdad, F., Chen, D.L., Liu, Z.Y., Xiao, B.L., Ni, D.R., and Ma, Z.Y. “Deformation and Strengthening Mechanisms of a Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Aluminum Composite.” Carbon, vol. 104, 2016, pp. 64-77.
  • Macwan, A., Chen, D.L., Marr, M., and Kesler, O. “Residual Stresses in Suspension Plasma Sprayed Electrolytes in Metal-Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Half Cells.” Journal of Power Sources, vol. 221, 2013, pp. 397-405.
  • Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE)
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (FCIM)
  • Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)
  • Associate fellow, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (AFCASI)
  • Associate editor or editorial board member of 28 journals, including Materials Research Letters, Materials and Design, Journal of Materials Science and Technology and Materials Science and Engineering A