Miaofang Chi


Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Chi's research interest is on designing better materials by advancing our knowledge of the behavior of atoms, electrons, and ions in materials using novel electron microscopy, for applications in energy, sustainability, and microelectronics.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2008

Courses Taught

  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training

Representative Publications

  • Zhao, B; Ren, G; Mei, H; Wu, VC; Singh, S; Jung, GY; Chen, H; Giovine, R; Niu, S; Thind, AS; Salman, J; Settineri, NS; Chakoumakos, BC; Manley, ME; Hermann, RP; Lupini, AR; Chi, M; Hachtel, JA; Simonov, A; Teat, SJ; Clément, RJ; Kats, MA; Ravichandran, J; Mishra, R, Giant Modulation of Refractive Index from Picoscale Atomic Displacements., Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), vol 36 no. 24 (2024) [10.1002/adma.202311559] [abs].
  • Chen, Y; Rana, R; Zhang, Y; Hoffman, AS; Huang, Z; Yang, B; Vila, FD; Perez-Aguilar, JE; Hong, J; Li, X; Zeng, J; Chi, M; Kronawitter, CX; Wang, H; Bare, SR; Kulkarni, AR; Gates, BC, Dynamic structural evolution of MgO-supported palladium catalysts: from metal to metal oxide nanoparticles to surface then subsurface atomically dispersed cations, Chemical Science, vol 15 no. 17 (2024), pp. 6454-6464 [10.1039/d4sc00035h] [abs].
  • Yan, J; Kumar, A; Chi, M; Brahlek, M; Ward, TZ; McGuire, MA, Orbital degree of freedom in high entropy oxides, Physical Review Materials, vol 8 no. 2 (2024) [10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.8.024404] [abs].
  • He, Y; Li, Y; Lei, M; Polo-Garzon, F; Perez-Aguilar, J; Bare, SR; Formo, E; Kim, H; Daemen, L; Cheng, Y; Hong, K; Chi, M; Jiang, D-E; Wu, Z, Significant Roles of Surface Hydrides in Enhancing the Performance of Cu/BaTiO2.8 H0.2 Catalyst for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol., Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), vol 63 no. 1 (2024) [10.1002/anie.202313389] [abs].
  • Huang, Z; Li, T; Li, B; Dong, Q; Smith, J; Li, S; Xu, L; Wang, G; Chi, M; Hu, L, Tailoring Local Chemical Ordering via Elemental Tuning in High-Entropy Alloys., Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 146 no. 3 (2024), pp. 2167-2173 [10.1021/jacs.3c12048] [abs].