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

Representative Publications

  • Yan, J., A. Kumar, M. Chi, M. Brahlek, T. Z. Ward, and M. A. McGuire. “Orbital degree of freedom in high entropy oxides.” Physical Review Materials 8, no. 2 (February 1, 2024). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.8.024404.
  • Robinson, A. W., A. Moshtaghpour, J. Wells, D. Nicholls, M. Chi, I. MacLaren, A. I. Kirkland, and N. D. Browning. “High-speed 4-dimensional scanning transmission electron microscopy using compressive sensing techniques.” Journal of Microscopy, January 1, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmi.13315.
  • He, Yang, Yuanyuan Li, Ming Lei, Felipe Polo-Garzon, Jorge Perez-Aguilar, Simon R. Bare, Eric Formo, et al. “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) 63, no. 1 (January 2024): e202313389. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202313389.
  • Zhao, B., G. Ren, H. Mei, V. C. Wu, S. Singh, G. Y. Jung, H. Chen, et al. “Giant Modulation of Refractive Index from Picoscale Atomic Displacements.” Advanced Materials, January 1, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202311559.
  • Chen, Y., R. Rana, Y. Zhang, A. S. Hoffman, Z. Huang, B. Yang, F. D. Vila, et al. “Dynamic structural evolution of MgO-supported palladium catalysts: from metal to metal oxide nanoparticles to surface then subsurface atomically dispersed cations.” Chemical Science, January 1, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1039/d4sc00035h.