Justin Cheng

  • Program Years: 2019-2023
  • Academic Institution: University of Minnesota
  • Field of Study: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Nathan Mara
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2021)
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2022)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, 2017

Current Status

  • Research Area: Materials Science and Engineering


1. Cheng, J. Y., Xu, S., Chen, Y., Li, Z., Baldwin, J. K., Beyerlein, I. J. & Mara, N. A. Simultaneous High-Strength and Deformable Nanolaminates With Thick Biphase Interfaces. Nano Lett. 22, 1897–1904 (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c04144
2. Li, Z.*, Cheng, J. Y.*, Poplawsky, J. D., Xu, S., Baldwin, J. K., Beyerlein, I. J. & Mara, N. A. Critical length scales for chemical heterogeneity at Cu/Nb 3D interfaces by atom probe tomography. Scr. Mater. 223, 115078 (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2022.115078
3. Lin, Y.-H., Bohn, A., Cheng, J. Y., von der Handt, A., Mara, N. A. & Poerschke, D. L. Gas Nitriding Behavior of Refractory Metals and Implications for Multi-Principal Element Alloy Design. J. Alloys Compd. 169568 (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2023.169568
4. Xu, Shuozhi, Justin Y. Cheng, Nathan A. Mara, and Irene J. Beyerlein. 2022. “Dislocation Dynamics in Heterogeneous Nanostructured Materials.” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, August, 105031. DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110456
5. Xu, S, J. Y.Cheng, N A Mara, and I J Beyerlein. 2022. “Thick Interface Size Effect on Dislocation Transmission in Nanolaminates.” IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 1249 (1): 012005. DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/1249/1/012005
6. Xu, S., Cheng, J. Y., Li, Z., Mara, N. A. & Beyerlein, I. J. Phase-field modeling of the interactions between an edge dislocation and an array of obstacles. Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng. 389, 114426 (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2021.114426
7. Chen, Y., Li, N., Hoagland, R. G., Liu, X.-Y., Baldwin, J. K., Beyerlein, I. J., Cheng, J. Y. & Mara, N. Effects of three-dimensional Cu/Nb interfaces on strengthening and shear banding in nanoscale metallic multilayers. Acta Mater. 199, 593–601 (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2020.08.019
8. Chen, Y., Hintsala, E., Li, N., Becker, B. R., Cheng, J. Y., Nowakowski, B., Weaver, J., Stauffer, D. & Mara, N. A. High-Throughput Nanomechanical Screening of Phase-Specific and Temperature-Dependent Hardness in AlxFeCrNiMn High-Entropy Alloys. Jom 71, 3368–3377 (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s11837-019-03714-2
9. Ren, M., Cheng, J. Y., Jaccani, S. P., Kapoor, S., Youngman, R. E., Huang, L., Du, J. & Goel, A. Composition – structure – property relationships in alkali aluminosilicate glasses: A combined experimental – computational approach towards designing functional glasses. J. Non. Cryst. Solids 505, 144–153 (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2018.10.053
10. Shaharyar, Y., Cheng, J. Y., Han, E., Maron, A., Weaver, J., Marcial, J., McCloy, J. S. & Goel, A. Elucidating the Effect of Iron Speciation (Fe 2+ /Fe 3+) on Crystallization Kinetics of Sodium Aluminosilicate Glasses. J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 99, 2306–2315 (2016). DOI: 10.1111/jace.14239
* - Co-first author


Undergraduate awards:
Presidential Scholarship 2013-2017
Chester A. Gulick Scholarship Fall 2014
Corning Academic Scholarship Award Spring 2015

Graduate awards:
James Andrews Fellowship Spring 2018
CINT 2022 User meeting best poster award – 2nd place Fall 2022