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RESEARCH GROUP

JUNHONG CHEN'S

The Junhong Chen Research Group uses multidisciplinary experiments combined with first-principles calculations to design and discover novel nanomaterials for engineering various sensing and energy devices with superior performance, by taking advantage of unique electronic charge separation and transfer at material interfaces. The sensors address the current unmet need for low-cost, real-time, sensitive and selective detection of a wide range of analytes attractive for innovation at nexus of food-energy-water systems (INFEWS), smart and connected health (SCH), smart and connected communities (SCC), Internet of Things (IoT), and next-generation smart and resilient infrastructures, through interfacing with smart phones and terminals loaded with machine-learning, big-data analytics. The energy devices address the current need for cost-effective, high-performance production and storage of renewable energy.

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Research

 

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Molecular Engineering of Next-generation Nanomaterials

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Cost-effective Energy Devices for Renewable Energy Production and Storage

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Nano-enabled Water and Air Pollution Control

Theme 2

Real-time Sensors for ions, chemical, and biological molecules.

Theme 4

Scalable Nanomanufacturing of Electronic Devices and Systems through Inkjet Printing

Collaborative Projects

Joint research projects in AI-enabled molecular engineering, advanced electronics from bio-based compound printing, and more 

 

Prof. Chen receives a DOE grant for AI-assisted recovery for energy, nutrients and fresh water from municipal wastewater

(May 2021)

Prof. Chen elaborates the Water + AI strategy to address the Water Security Grand Challenge for freshwater supply

(March 2021)

Q&A with Prof. Chen: Argonne’s lead water strategist addresses questions on managing our precious water resources

(December 2020)

Prof. Chen receives an NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant in collaboration with researchers at UChicago and Argonne (October 2020)

Prof. Chen’s collaborative work on smart window is featured by several news outlets (July 2020)

Prof. Chen’s collaborative work on COVID-19 sensor is featured by several news outlets (June 2020)

Prof. Chen is listed as one of the 2018 highly cited researchers in the world!

(November 2018)

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Prof. Chen receives funding from CDAC Discovery Challenge program for AI-assisted molecular engineering to detect and remove water contaminants

 (April 2021)

Prof. Chen discusses efficacy of indoor air filtration systems in reducing the spread of the coronavirus in Fox32 Chicago

(January 2021)

Prof. Chen is listed as one of the 2020 highly cited researchers in the world!

(November 2020)

Prof. Chen receives a major future manufacturing grant from NSF in collaboration with ten other researchers (October 2020)

Prof. Chen is named the Crown Family Professor of Molecular Engineering

(July 2020)

Prof. Chen is listed as one of the 2019 highly cited researchers in the world!

(November 2019)

Prof. Chen is listed as one of the 2017 highly cited researchers in the world! (November 2017)

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