Prof. Qian Chen
Associate Prof., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry (Affiliated), Materials Research Laboratory (Affiliated), Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (Affiliated), and Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Affiliated)
Prof. Chen received her BS in Chemistry from Peking University (2007), and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UIUC with Prof. Steve Granick (2012). She then won the prestigious Miller fellowship and worked with Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos at UC Berkeley. She joined MatSE at UIUC as an assistant professor in 2015. In 2021, she was promoted to Associate Professor with Racheff Scholarship.
We are “film-makers.” We videotape how tiny machineries of materials and living cells move, interact, assemble and transform in a fluid medium to perform their functions. Sometimes atomic resolutions are involved to track the paths of ions and atoms in charge conduction or chemical reactions. We also utilize deep learning-based analysis to extract the underlying physical rules encoding such dynamics. The systems are diverse, ranging from batteries, separation membranes, colloids to membrane proteins. Read more about our research.)