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Helen Chan

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Position: New Jersey Zinc Professor

Address:Whitaker Lab 374
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-5554

E-mail: hmc0@lehigh.edu

Online: Research | Research

Research: Google Scholar

Areas of Research

  • Electronic Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
  • Optical Materials
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Mechanical Characterization
  • Structural and Chemical Characterization
  • Synthesis and Processing
  • Ceramics
  • Composites and Functionally Gradient Materials
  • Glasses
  • Microelectronics/Solid State Devices
  • Optical Technologies
  • National Security
  • Advanced Materials and Processing


Dr. Chan's research interests include the application of reactive processing to fabricate unique ceramic/metal structures, including cellular and nanopatterned materials, and the role of interfacial chemistry in determining the elevated temperature mechanical behavior of ceramics. Dr. Chan is also actively involved in research on processing and microstructural development of lead-based relaxor ferroelectrics for transducer/actuator applications and on the role of dopants and interfacial chemistry on diffusion limited processes in ceramics.

She is the author of more than 165 publications and a highly cited researcher in materials. She is recipient of Lehigh's Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Award for excellence in research, as well as the American Ceramic Society's Roland B. Snow award on five separate occasions. Dr. Chan is a member of the Materials Research Society anda Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACS) . She serves as a member of the executive committee of the ACS Basic Science Division, and has been an associate editor for the ACS Journal since 1999. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Materials Science. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Lehigh University's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Dr. Chan is also a co-founder of Mat/TER (Materials Teacher Educational Resource), an outreach program to middle and high school science teachers, and an active partcipant in Lehigh's Challenge for Success program for minority freshmen.


  • Ph.D., and D.I.C., Materials Science and Technology, Imperial College
  • B.Sc., Materials Science, First Class Honours, Imperial College