Dr. Qian Chen
Prof. Qian 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 3-year 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 an affiliated assistant professor of chemistry at UIUC since 2015.
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)
Graduate students: We have openings for highly-motivated graduate students, especially those with background in materials chemistry, condensed matter physics, nanomaterials, or optics.
Postdocs: Interested prospective postdocs with expertise in TEM can send your CV and a short statement for future work directly to Prof. Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate students: We are actively recruiting undergraduate research assistants. Interested UIUC undergrads can send your CV/resume and your unofficial transcript directly to Prof. Chen at email@example.com
May, 2016: Zihao passed the qualifying exam of MatSE. Congratulations to Zihao for becoming a PhD candidate!
April, 2016: Dr. Chen was invited to give a talk in CECAM workshop in EPFL, Switzerland. See the link here.