Prof. Qian Chen (CV)

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry (Affiliated), Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (Affiliated)

Prof. Chen received her BS in Chemistry from Peking University (China, 2007), and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UIUC with Prof. Steve Granick (2012). She then won the prestigious Miller fellowship at UC Berkeley and worked with Prof. Paul Alivisatos on in situ TEM related energy studies and bio-imaging. She is an assistant professor of MatSE and Chemistry (affiliated) at UIUC since 2015.

 

interaction map of nanorods
3D construction of a gold-DNA nanoconjugate
an isostatic kagome lattice

  Research

We focus on the new paradigm of building, mesoscopic imaging, and understanding active soft matter, the artificial materials analogue of smart living systems. Although materials components involved (polymers, nanocrystals, colloids) are mesoscopic and physically diverse, they are unified by features of hierarchy and strong non-covalent interactions among building blocks. As such, they are amenable to similar design rules which generate new solutions to a variety of applications in energy conversion, tandem catalysis, capsulation and targeted delivery, and bio-sensing. The common goal is to emulate Nature intelligence, for example, to make artificial materials self-replicating, self-regenerating, and eventually “evolvable”. (read more)

 

  News (more here)

September, 2016: Prof. Chen was selected as The SN 10: Scientists to Watch by Science News Magazine. Read the SN 10 issue and our feature article here.

September, 2016: First-year MatSE PhD students Ahyoung Kim and Johnny Smith joined our group. Welcome!

September, 2016: Binbin passed the qualifying exam of MatSE. Congratulations to Binbin for becoming a PhD candidate!

August, 2016: Prof. Chen was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) of UK. This fellowship will support her visits to UK to present our recent research and build international collaborations. Read the full story here.

Join us!

We have openings for PhD student, undergrads and postdocs with background in TEM, nanoscience or biology. Interested candidates can send your CV to Dr. Chen at qchen20@illinois.edu