Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the College
Junhong Chen’s research focuses on nanomaterial innovations for sustainable energy and the environment, including various chemical/biological sensors and energy conversion/storage devices based on emerging nanomaterials and particularly hybrid nanomaterials. His work is at the intersection of fundamental science and industrial applications.
Through the National Science Foundation Water Equipment and Policy Research Center, Chen’s research is transforming the water industry by producing real-time water quality sensor chips to monitor heavy metals, bacteria, and nutrients in water. His group is also developing rapid sensors for the detection of Ebola virus and novel anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to enable the development of next-generation electric vehicles.
Chen received his MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his BE in thermal engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.