Junhong Chen


Dr. Junhong Chen is currently on sabbatical leave from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), serving as Founder, President, and CEO of NanoAffix Science LLC. He is a Distinguished University Professor, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at UWM, and a Regent Scholar of UW-System. He is also the Director of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Water Equipment and Policy, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and water-based industrial partners.

Dr. Chen received his B.E. degree (in Thermal Engineering) in 1995 from Tongji University, China, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (both in Mechanical Engineering) in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from the University of Minnesota (Advisor: Professor Jane Davidson). From October 2002 to August 2003, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Advisor: Professor Richard Flagan), where he studied the use of plasma for nanoparticle synthesis. In August 2003, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UWM, where he was promoted to tenured Associate Professor and Professor in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He received a joint appointment in the UWM Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2013.

Dr. Chen’s current research focuses on nanomaterial innovations for sustainable energy and environment, including various chemical/biological sensors and energy conversion/storage devices based on emerging nanomaterials particularly hybrid nanomaterials (For more details, please visit his research group website at http://www4.uwm.edu/nsee ). Most of his research projects are at the intersection of interesting fundamental science and industrial applications with ample opportunities for new discoveries, which creates an excellent vehicle for educating students.

Dr. Chen has made seminal contributions to general areas of hybrid CNT/graphene-nanoparticle structures and their device applications (e.g., various sensors, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors), and corona discharge-induced chemical reactions (e.g., ozone production). His research program at UWM has attracted about $7M in research funding from the U.S. NSF (15 grants as the PI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), various industries (e.g., MMSD, We Energies, Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls, Sigma-Aldrich, Xerox Corporation), the State of Wisconsin, and internal sources. He has initiated research collaborations with engineers, physicists, chemists, and biologists from the UWM and around the world (e.g., North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia). His research has led to 11 U.S. patents (three issued and eight pending) and over 180 papers in prestigious journals, including Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Energy Materials, ACS Nano, Energy & Environmental Science, Applied Physics Letter, and Chemical Communications, with 28 papers of impact factor > 10. One of his papers was featured on the front cover and three other papers were featured as a frontispiece by Advanced Materials, one paper was featured on the back cover and the other paper was featured as a frontispiece of Small, one paper was featured as a frontispiece by Advanced Functional Materials, and one paper was featured as the cover of Nano. His papers have been cited for over 5,500 times with an h-index of 41 and annual citation over 1,100 times in 2014 and over 1,800 times in 2015 (ISI Web of Knowledge). Eleven papers have been cited for over 100 times (ISI Web of Knowledge). Based on Google Scholar, our papers have been cited for more than 6,500 times with an h-index of 46.

Dr. Chen’s research excellence was recognized by the UWM Distinguished Professorship (2015), 2015 Inaugural Regent Scholar of UW System, the 2014 UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Research Award, an elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2013, an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the UWM in 2013, the 2008 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award, and the 2012 UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) Research Excellence Award. His research has also been featured several times as the UWM front page and widely reported by Chemical & Engineering News, ASEE magazine PRISM, US News, Frost & Sullivan, Science Daily, PhysOrg, Photonics Online, Nanowerk, Bio-Medicine, EurekAlert, Nanotechnology Now, and the A to Z of Nanotechnology. He has been invited by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Chemistry World to comment on a sensor paper published in Nature Chemistry. He has also been interviewed by Scientific American on ozone production from magician and stunt artist David Blaine’s performance of standing atop a pillar in the West Village for three days while being subject to constant high voltage electricity.

Dr. Chen is currently the Specialty Chief Editor of Nanoenergy Technologies and Materials Section of Frontiers in Energy Research, and an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and Open Journal of Applied Biosensor. He served as an Editorial Board Member of Dataset Papers in Materials Science from 2012 to 2014 and The Open Plasma Physics Journal from 2008 to 2010. He also serves on the ASME Nanoengineering for Energy and Sustainability (NEES) steering committee. He is a frequent reviewer for over 90 international journals, including Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), ACS Nano, Energy & Environmental Science, and Applied Physics Letter. He has been invited to write Perspective and Review Articles for several journals (e.g., JPCL, JMCA, Nanoscale, ABC, and Electroanalysis). He has also been invited to review proposals for funding agencies worldwide, including the United States (e.g., NSF, DOE, and Army Research Office), European Union (ESF), Germany (DFG), United Kingdom (The Royal Society), Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Korea, and Singapore. Professor Chen has been invited to give talks (~80 times) at various universities worldwide, industries, and technical conferences, with the most recent ones at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting 2014, the 249th ACS National Meeting (2015), the TMS Annual Meeting (2015). He has organized and co-organized a number of symposia on “Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications” at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition and the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Annual Conference (sponsored by NSF).