Chuancheng Duan | Associate Professor

Chuancheng DuanPh.D., 2018 - Colorado School of Mines
Materials Science
B.S., 2013 - Dalian University of Technology
Materials Science

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2016 Durland Hall
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Professional experience

Chuancheng Duan received his B.S. from the Dalian University of Technology and his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines, both degrees in materials science.


His principle areas of interest are in advanced materials for energy conversion and storage, membrane reactors, electrochemical reactors, electrosynthesis, catalysis, fuel cells, electrolyzers and sustainable chemical manufacturing. At K-State he established the Materials Research Laboratory for Sustainable Energy with goals to understand the defects formation mechanism, investigate how defects can control electrical properties and electrocatalytic activity, and develop advanced energy materials and novel electrochemical devices to address critical energy and environmental issues.

Academic highlights

Duan is lead author of articles published in Science, Nature, and Nature Energy. He was honored with the following awards:

2023 Carl R. Ice College of Engineering Outstanding Assistant Professor Award. Duan has been very successful at securing research funding from a range of funding sources, building industrial collaborations and publishing well-recognized findings. He has been awarded 16 research grants/contracts totaling more than $5 million.

2023 J. Bruce Wagner Jr. Young Investigator Award from The Electrochemical Society, which recognizes a young Society member who has demonstrated exceptional promise for a successful career in science and/or technology in the field of high-temperature energy, materials, and processes;

2023 the Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence in Chemical Engineering to recognize his excellence in undergraduate teaching;

2022 Materials Today Energy Rising Star Award for recognizing a researcher in the area of energy materials research within 10 years of completing their PhD who has demonstrated themselves to be the most exceptionally capable researcher with the potential to become a future leader in the field;

2018 Rath Research Award for the Ph.D. dissertation that demonstrate the greatest potential for societal impact;

2017 Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society for the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature published in 2015;

2017 Graduate Excellence in Materials Science, or GEMS, award, also from the American Ceramic Society, to recognize his outstanding achievements in materials science and engineering.