Dr. Lian has been working on ceramic materials as waste form and fuel matrix applications over last 10 years. His research mainly focuses on the long term performance evaluation of ceramics as potential matrix for incorporating fission products and actinides, specifically materials behavior under extremely radiation environment encountered under relevant geological repository conditions and reactor environments. Of particular importance, he has performed a systematic study of the behavior of a special type of compounds, pyrochlore, upon extremely ballistic and ionizing irradiations, through which the effects of materials intrinsic parameters (such as ionic size, bond characters, structural deviation) and underlying physics governing materials’ radiation response behavior are revealed. These fundamental understanding allows us to design advanced waste forms with enhanced performance for actinide incorporation through bond and structural controls and has a significant impact on the effective management of nuclear waste, critically important for the development of advanced nuclear energy systems.

He is currently working three key thrust areas in the fields of nuclear engineering: (1) development of advanced waste forms for specific waste stream (including actinides and fission products) associated with advanced fuel cycle processes; (2) design and characterization of advanced fuel materials with enhanced thermo-mechanical and radiation performance for advanced nuclear energy systems; (3) the development of advanced structural materials (such as oxide dispersion-strengthened alloys) and fundamental understanding of their performance under relevant nuclear application conditions. He has a vision to become a prominent researcher and an internationally-recognized top scientist in developing advanced materials for nuclear applications within next 5~10 years.

On education, Lian is currently teaching a course of “Nuclear Reactor Materials” with the goal of impacting next generation workforce in this important area of nuclear materials. He has been an active user of IVEM-Tandem DOE user facilities at Argonne National Laboratory for studying radiation effects in nuclear materials over last 10 years, and is strongly committed to training young scientists specifically in developing advanced materials for nuclear application and radiation effect study.

On scholarship, Dr. Lian has published 3 book chapters and more than 130 refereed journal papers, which have been cited for more than 2000 times according to SCI with a h-index of 23.

Synergistic Activies

Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, Microbeam Analysis Society, 2002; Rackham Pre-doctoral Honor Fellowship by the University of Michigan, 2003; and faculty development award, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2009.

Organizer of “Microstructural and chemical analysis of materials in nuclear power industry” for Microscopy & Microanalysis 2010 meeting, Portland, Aug, 2010; Session chairs for “Materials Research Needs to Advance Nuclear Energy”, MRS 2009 fall Meeting and “Materials for Nuclear Applications and Extreme Environments”, MRS 2010 spring meeting.

Invited speaker in international conferences such as Materials Research Society Annual Meeting, Microscopy & Microanalysis Annual Meeting, REI (International Conference on Radiation Effects in Insulators) and CAARI (International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry) and International Ceramics Congress & Forum on New Materials.

Reviewer of research proposals for US Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy University Program, 2009, 2010 & 2011; Czech Science Foundation, 2009; Panel for EMSL User Proposal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2010 & 2011; Referee for Journals Articles including Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Physical Review B, Journal of Materials Research, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Instrument Methods Physical Research B, Elements, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of American Ceramic Society, Applied Surface Sciences, etc.

Dr. Jie Lian

Associate Professor

Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics Program

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

Jonsson Engineering Center, Room 2040

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York 12180-3590, USA 

Phone: (518) 276-6081  |  Fax: (518) 276-6025



Yanshan University

  Materials Science &Engineering  B.S., 1994

Tsinghua University

  Materials Science & Engineering  M.S., 1998

University of Michigan

  Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences  M.S., 2000

  Electrical EngineeringM.S., 2002

  Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences  Ph.D., 2003

  Radiation effects in Nuclear Materials Postdoc, 2003-2004

Professional Career

Assistant Professor,  Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

[June 2008 -present]

Assistant Research Scientist,  Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan.  [January 2005 - May 2008]

recent Publications

Jie Lian, L. M. Wang, K. Sun, and R. C. Ewing, “In situ TEM of radiation effects in complex ceramics“, Microscopy Research and Technique 72 (2009) 165-181, invited review articles.

Jie Lian, V. Pointeau, J. M. Zhang, F. X. Zhang, M. K. Lang, F. Y. Lu, and R. C. Ewing, “Radiation response of synthetic coffinite by energetic ion beam”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 393 (2009) 481–486.

Jie Lian, S. V. Yudintsev, S. V. Stefanovsky, L. M. Wang, and R. C. Ewing  “Ion beam irradiation of U-, Th- and Ce-doped pyrochlores”, Journal of Alloy and Compounds,  444 (2007) 429-433.

R.C. Ewing, W.J. Weber and J. Lian, Pyrochlore (A2B2O7): A nuclear waste form for the immobilization of plutonium and “minor” actinides, Journal of Applied Physics 95 (2004) 5949-5971, review article.

Jie Lian, J. Chen, L. M. Wang, R. C. Ewing, J. M. Farmer, L. A. Boatner, and K. B. Helean, "Radiation-induced Amorphization of Rare-earth Titanate Pyrochlores", Physical Review B 68 (2003) 134107.