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CHEN Jianfei
Chair professor

Dr Jianfei Chen is currently a Chair Professor at the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. Dr Chen obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK in 1996. Dr Chen has research interests in the behavior of granular solids, advanced construction materials such as ultra-high performance concrete and geopolymer concrete, and broad areas in structural engineering in particular the use of FRP in civil engineering. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications. His work has been widely cited. According to an Elsevier research conducted for use for Academic Ranking of World Universities, he was one of the 150 Most Cited Researchers worldwide in Civil Engineering in 2016.


Oct. 1992 – Mar. 1996 PhD, Dept of Civil and Environmental Eng, University of Edinburgh, UK

Sept. 1984 – July. 1987 MSc, Dept of Civil Eng., Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Sept. 1980 – July. 1984 BEng, Dept of Civil Eng., Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


Aug. 2019 – Present Chari Professor, Dept of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

Apr. 2013 – July. 2019 Professor, Leader of Structures Research Theme since March 2015, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Nov. 2006 – Apr. 2013 Reader, School of Engineering, Edinburgh University, UK July. 2002 – Oct. 2006 Lecturer, School of Engineering and Electronics, Edinburgh University, UK

Jan. 2001 – June. 2002 Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Nottingham University, UK

May. 1998 – Dec. 2000 Senior Research Fellow, School of Eng. & the Built Environment, Wolver Hampton University, UK

Apr. 1996 – May. 1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Civil and Environmental Eng., Edinburgh Univ., UK

Aug. 1989 – Aug. 1992 Lecturer, Dept of Civil Eng., Zhejiang University, China

Aug. 1987 – July. 1989 Assistant Lecturer, Dept of Civil Eng., Zhejiang University, China


2018 - 2020: “Re-use and recycling of decommissioned composite material wind turbine blades”, under the US-Ireland Tri-partite research scheme (grant total value about 1.3m USD with partners at City University New York and Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, and

University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland), QUB grant funded by the NI Department for the Economy: £299,194, JF Chen (PI), J. McKinley and R. Morrow.

2017 - 2019: “A ductile, high energy absorptive and rapid post tensioning system for extending life of concrete structures”, H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, JF Chen (PI), Soutsos, M. and Amato G., £141,119 (€183,454.80) (Project No. 753903 — SMArtPlate).

2016: “Non–conventional, recyclable, construction materials for infrastructure renewal”, Royal Academy of Engineering, DVF1516\4\25, £5930, JF Chen (PI) & M Soutsos.

 2016 - 2019: “Study of FRP confined seawater sea-sand concrete”, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Project No. 51578423, RMB747,000 (hosted at Wenzhou University), JF Chen (PI) et al.

2013 - 2015: “Transporting, handling and storing behaviour of iron ore fines”, LKAB, £200,000 (JF Chen (PI) and JY Ooi).


June 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholar Award (VISA), awarded by the University of Wollongong for visiting UoW in July-Sept 2016 (two months)

Oct. 2015 Frederick Palmer Prize (Journal Prize for best paper in journal) awarded by the ICE for paper entitled “Simulating RC members Part 1: partial interaction properties”in Structures and Buildings (Vol 167, Issue SB12)

 Jan. 2014 J.M. Ko Medal of Advances in Structural Engineering for the year of   2013, international journal of Advances in Structural Engineering

Aug. 2008:IIFC Fellow, International Institute for FRP in Construction.

Dec. 2006:President’s Award, International Institute for FRP in Construction.

 Jul. 2006: First Prize, 2005 Undergraduate Research Grants, Institution of Structural Engineers

Nov. 2004: Howard Medal 2004, the Institution of Civil Engineers


Journal Papers:

1. Batikha M., Chen, J.F. and Rotter, J.M. (2018), “FRP for Strengthening Cylindrical Metal Shells against Elephant’s Foot Buckling – An Elasto-Plastic Analysis”, Advances in Structural Engineering, Vol. 21, No. 16, pp2483-2498, DOI: 10.1177/1369433218817139 (special issue by invitation).

2. Jing, D.H., Chen, J.F., Amato, G., Wu, T., Cao, S.Y. (2018), “Experimental investigation of masonry walls supported by steel plate-masonry composite beams”, Steel and Composite Structures, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp 709-718, doi: 10.12989/scs.2018.28.6.709

3. Bank, L.C., Arias, F.R., Gentry, R., Al-Haddad, T., Chen, J.F. and Morrow, R. (2018) “Concepts for reusing composite materials from decommissioned wind turbine blades in affordable housing”, Recycling 2018, 3,3, pp1-11, doi:10.3390/recycling3010003.

4. Fu, B., Teng, J.G., Chen, G.M., Chen, J.F. and Guo, Y.C. (2018), “Effect of load distribution on IC debonding in FRP-strengthened RC beams: full-scale experiments”, Composite Structures, Vol. 188, pp483-496, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.01.026.

5. Chen, G.M., Li, S.W., Fernando, D., Liu, P.C. and Chen, J.F. (2017), “Full-range FRP failure behaviour in RC beams shear-strengthened with FRP wraps”, International Journal of Solids and Structures 125C (2017), pp.1-21, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2017.07.019.