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Chen (Jessie) Zhang

Chen (Jessie) Zhang  is the Assistant NanoFab Manager in the NanoFab Operations Group.  She received a B.S. in Materials Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Auburn University, where her doctoral research focused on developing methods to produce nickel-titanium and nickel-titanium-hafnium shape-memory alloy films.  Jessie has over 15 years of industrial experience in materials development, semiconductor processing, and project management.  She began her career as a visiting scientist at Johnson Controls, Inc., developing nickel-titanium-based memory alloys for automotive and microelectromechanical systems applications.  She then worked at Photronics as a senior processing engineer overseeing a sub-micron photomask processing line, and later joined Paratek Microwave, Inc. (now part of Research in Motion), where she held both engineering and management positions developing and fabricating radio frequency microwave devices.  Prior to joining NIST, she was a principle engineer at BAE Systems, Inc., where she was responsible for process design, development, and integration of infrared imaging and detection devices.  As Assistant NanoFab Manager, Jessie has a broad range of overall group management responsibilities; these include overall responsibility for all technical programs, such as developing advanced processes, expanding NanoFab capabilities, and managing remote nanofabrication projects. 

Selected Publications
  • Surface Evolution of NiTi and NiTiHf Thin Films, C. Zhang, R. H. Zee, and P. E. Thoma, Materials Research Society Proceedings 648, 6.38.1-6.38.6 (2001).
  • High Hf content NiTiHf shape memory films, C. Zhang, P. E. Thoma, and R. Zee, in Materials of Smart Systems III, Materials Research Society Proceedings 604, 129–134 (2000). 

  • Development of Ni-Ti based shape memory alloys for actuation and control, C. Zhang, R. H. Zee, and P. E. Thoma, Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1996. IECEC 96., Proceedings of the 31st Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference 1, 239–244 (1996).


Staff Photo Chen Zhang


Assistant NanoFab Manager
NanoFab Operations Group


B.S. Materials Science – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

M.S. Materials Science – Auburn University

Ph.D. Materials Science – Auburn University



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