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
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)
August, 2016: Dr. 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.
June, 2016: Dr. Nicole Ice, currently a math teacher in Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) joined our group for the nano@illinois RET program this summer. Welcome, Nickey!
May, 2016: Dr. Chen was invited to give a talk in the CNST 14th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop, Urbana, IL.
May, 2016: Zihao passed the qualifying exam of MatSE. Congratulations to Zihao for becoming a PhD candidate!
We have openings for 1 PhD student (fall of 2016), undergrads and postdocs with background in TEM, nanoscience or biology. Interested candidates can send your CV to Dr. Chen at email@example.com