News

12/2020

Chang Liu, 4th-year PhD student in our group, won the Grad College Fall 2020 Conference Presentation Award! Congratulations, Chang!

11/2019

Ahyoung Kim, 5th-year PhD student in our group, passed her Preliminary exam. Congratulations, Ahyoung!

10/2020

Our review paper on liquid-phase TEM cinematography got accepted by Accounts of Materials Research! Congratulations to the group!

09/2020

Our paper on imaging thermal capillary waves got accepted by Nature Communications! Congratulations to the group!

09/2020

Our invited review on liquid cell TEM got published on the September issue of MRS bulletin. Congratulations to the group!

09/2020

Ahyoung Kim, 5th-year PhD student in our group, got selected as the Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Materials. Congratulations, Ahyoung!

08/2020

Johnny’s review paper on liquid-phase electron microscopy imaging of cellular and biomolecular systems got published on Journal of Materials Chemistry B! Congratulations, Johnny!

08/2020

Hyosung’s paper, “Charting the quantitative relationship between two-dimensional morphology parameters of polyamide membranes and synthesis conditions”, was selected by Molecular Systems Design & Engineering (MSDE) Editors as a HOT MSDE article. Congratulations, Hyosung!

08/2020

Wenxiang Chen won the opportunity to present in the inaugural North American Materials Colloquium Series as the representative of Illinois MatSE. Congratulations, Wenxiang!

08/2020

Falon Kalutantirige, 2rd-year PhD student in our group, won the Lester E. and Kathleen A. Coleman Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Falon!

07/2020

Our paper on machine learning got accepted by ACS Central Science! Congratulations to the group!
Read the news highlight here @ ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU.

06/2020

Chang’s news and views on interfacial crystallization under DNA control got accepted on Nature Materials! Congratulations, Chang!

06/2020

Our paper on assembly dynamics of gold nanoarrows got accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society! Congratulations to the group!

05/2020

Zihao Ou, 5th-year PhD student in our group, won the Racheff-Intel Presentation Award for 2020! Congratulations, Zihao!

04/2020

Cong Xu, Binbin Luo and Zihao Ou, 3 PhD students in our group, have successfully passed the thesis defense! Congratulations, Dr. Xu, Dr. Luo and Dr. Ou!

02/2020

Prof. Chen received the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. Congratulations to the group!

02/2020

Prof. Chen got selected as the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students for her teaching of MSE 480. Congratulations, Prof. Chen!

10/2019

Hyosung was selected 2019 Hanwha Travel Award at the Emerging Junior Investigator Open Innovation Forum in the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting! Congratulations, Hyosung!

09/2019

Our paper on liquid-phase TEM imaging of nanoparticle crystallization pathways got accepted by Nature Materials! Congratulations to the group! Read the paper. Watch the animation.

09/2019

Johnny’s paper on the mechanism of polymer assisted fragmentation and association of amyloid fibrils got published on ACS Applied Nano Materials! Congratulations, Johnny!

07/2019

Ahyoung Kim, 3rd-year PhD student in our group, won the PPG-MRL graduate student assistantship award. Congratulations, Ahyoung!

07/2019

Our paper on tip-Patched nanoprisms from formation of ligand islands got accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society! Congratulations to the group!

06/2019

Our paper on effects of particle size on ion intercalation into cathode materials got accepted by Nano Letters! Congratulations to the group!

04/2019

Binbin Luo, 4th-year PhD student in our group, won the Fall 2019 Racheff Teaching Fellowship. Congratulations, Binbin!

03/2019

Our paper on how ordering can emerge from polydisperse building blocks got accepted by Nature Communications! Congratulations to the group!

03/2019

Ahyoung Kim, 3rd-year PhD student in our group, won the MatSE Spring Fellowship in 2019. Congratulations, Ahyoung!

03/2019

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Program in Polymers and Soft Materials (PPSM) seminar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology! Thank Prof. Rob Macfarlane for the invitation!

03/2019

Zihao Ou, 4th-year PhD student in our group, won the MatSE Spring 2019 Travel Award. Congratulations, Zihao!

02/2019

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Topics in Bioengineering Seminar at Harvard University! Thank Dr. Joshua Grolman for the invitation!

01/2019

Our paper on unraveling the morphology–function relationships of polyamide membranes using quantitative electron tomography got accepted by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Congratulations to the group!

12/2018

Our paper on the reconfigurable nanoscale soft materials got accepted by Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science! Congratulations to the group!

12/2018

Dr. Shan Zhou joined our group. Welcome!

11/2018

Our paper on the colloidal metal-organic framework hexapods with enhanced catalytic activity and rollable packing got accepted by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Congratulations to the group!

09/2018

Chang passed the qualifying exam of MatSE. Congratulations to Chang for becoming a Ph.D. candidate!

09/2018

Dr. Hyosung An joined our group. Welcome!

08/2018

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the 256th ACS meeting symposium on “Advances in Colloid & Surface Chemistry Enabled by Cryogenic & In Situ Liquid‐cell Electron Microscopy.” Thank Prof. Matt Jones and Dr. Nathan Burrows for the invitation!

08/2018

Johnny Smith, who just finished his second year PhD in our group, got the prestigious 3M graduate student fellowship! Congratulations to Johnny!

06/2018

Prof. Chen is awarded with a Unilever Award by Division of Colloid and Surface Science, American Chemical Society and presented an invited planetary talk in the 92nd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. Thanks to Unilever and ACS for the recognition!

06/2018

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Noble Metal Nanoparticle Gordon Research Conference. Thank Prof. Stephan Link for the invitation!

05/2018

May, 2018: Our paper on the reconfigurable polymer coating on shape-anisotropic gold nanoparticles got accepted by Macromolecular Rapid Communications! Congratulations to the group!

05/2018

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Applied Physical Sciences in University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Thank Prof. Rich Superfine for the invitation!

05/2018

Our group receives a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award for a Nanoscopic Imaging and Analysis Platform. Congratulations to everyone!
This highly competitive award augments research capabilities at universities conducting cutting-edge research of interest to the Department of Defense. See the news report here.

04/2018

Prof. Chen gave two invited talks at the 2018 Spring MRS Meeting. Thank Prof./Dr. Hongyou Fan and Dr. Dongsheng Li for the invitation!

03/2018

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering of Rice University. Thank Prof. Jun Lou for the invitation!

03/2018

Binbin Luo, 3rd-year PhD student in our group, won the MatSE Spring 2018 Travel Award. Congratulations, Binbin!

02/2018

Prof. Chen is named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, featured in New York Times. Congratulations to Prof. Chen!
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with a full-page advertisement in today’s New York Times, named Qian Chen one of the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows in Chemistry. Read the news highlight here @ ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU.
The Sloan Fellowship recognizes distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to the Fellow’s field.
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12/2017

Our group received the NSF CAREER award on “Imaging and Understanding the Kinetic Pathways in Shape-Anisotropic Nanoparticle Self-Assembly”. Thank NSF for the support!

10/2017

We got awarded with the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. Great thanks to ACS for the precious support!

09/2017

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk in the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State University. Great thanks to Prof. Robert Baker for the invitation and hosting!

09/2017

Dr. Wenxiang Chen and First-year MatSE PhD student Chang Liu joined our group. Welcome!

08/2017

Our paper on liquid-phase TEM imaging of how multi-valent nanoparticles polymerize got accepted by Nature Communications! Congratulations to the group!
Read the news highlight here @ ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU.

07/2017

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the topical workshop on “Active Matter at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences” held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Great thanks to Dr. Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera for the invitation!

07/2017

The Chen group gave demonstrations on “squishy soft materials” to students from Chicago Public Schools, in collaboration with the ICANEXSEL (Illinois-ChiS&E Alliance for Nurturing Excellence in STEM Education and Leadership) outreach program.

07/2017

Our paper on the polymerization-like co-assembly of nanoplates and patchy colloids got accepted by ACS Nano! Congratulations to the group!

07/2017

Prof. Chen gave talks as a keynote speaker in UK Colloids 2017, an invited speaker at the New Frontiers in Colloid Science workshop at University of Birmingham, and a keynote speaker at the 10th liquid matter conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Great thanks to Dr. Dwaipayan Chakrabarti (Birmingham), Prof. Stefano Sacanna (NYU), Prof. Vinny Manoharan (Harvard), Prof. Roel Dullens (Oxford) for the invitations.

06/2017

Valerie Cravens, the Science Teacher in Albuquerque High School in New Mexio, joined our group for summer research through the nano@illinois RET program. Welcome, Valerie!

06/2017

Zihao, Binbin, Johnny, Ahyoung and Brian (junior MatSE undergraduate) presented at 2017 Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference (MTSM) held at University of Notre Dame.

06/2017

Johnny and Ahyoung passed their qualifying exams. Congratulations on becoming PhD candidates!

04/2017

Our paper on the geometric packing of beveled prisms got accepted by Nano Letters! Congratulations to the group! Read the news highlight here.

04/2017

Our review on seeing is believing for nanoparticle self-assembly dynamics got accepted by Accounts of Chemical Research! Congratulations to the group!

04/2017

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk for the CSI² Seminar at the Wyandotte site of BASF incorporation. Thank Dr. Josh Speros for the invitation and hosting!

03/2017

March, 2017: Juyeong, Xiaohui, Cong, Zihao and Binbin presented talks at the 2017 APS March meeting in New Orleans! Click the names for our talk abstracts.

01/2017

Prof. Chen visited Imperial College, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester under the support of Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by RAEng. Many thanks for Prof. Janet Wong, Prof. Roel Dulles, Prof. Wilson Poon, and Prof. Grace Burke for hosting! See her talk details here.

10/2016

Prof. Chen received the 2017 AFOSR YIP award. Many thanks to AFOSR for the support! See the announcement here.

10/2016

Our first paper on liquid-phase TEM imaging and modulation of nanoparticle superlattices is accepted by ACS Nano! Congratulations to the group!

09/2016

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department seminar of University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thank Prof. Nick Abbott for the invitation!

09/2016

Prof. Chen was selected as The SN 10: Scientists to Watch by Science News Magazine. Read the article featuring our work here.

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09/2016

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

09/2016

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

08/2016

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.

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07/2016

Dr. Xiaohui Song joined our group as a postdoc. Welcome!

06/2016

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!

05/2016

Prof. Chen was invited to give a talk in the CNST 14th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop, Urbana, IL.

05/2016

Zihao passed the qualifying exam of MatSE. Congratulations to Zihao for becoming a Ph.D. candidate!

04/2016

Prof. Chen was invited to give a talk titled, “Surprises in nanoscale self-assembly” in CECAM workshop in EPFL, Switzerland.

01/2016

Prof. Chen was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 Science List. See the awardees and news report.

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08/2015

Dr. Juyeong Kim, Zihao Ou, and Binbin Luo joined our group. Undergrads Bonan, Yuka and Brian joined our group. Welcome!

06/2015

Prof. Chen won the national American Chemical Society young investigator award, Victor LaMer award. She gave a LaMer planetary lecture titled, “Dynamics in colloidal self-assembly: From patchy spheres to anisotropic nanocrystals” at the 2015 ACS Colloids and Surface Symposium.

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05/2015

Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at ICAM Annual Conference 2015 at Argonne National Laboratory, which covers the science of emergence in quantum matter, biological matter, soft matter and energy matter.

04/2015

The Chen lab officially started!

04/2014

Dr. Chen officially accepted the offer to rejoin MatSE of UIUC. The Chen group on active soft matter will continue bringing new bonds to traditionally discrete areas and finding surprises in materials science.