Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chen Xiaodong

Associate Chair (Faculty), School of Materials Science & Engineering

School of Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6513 7350
Office: N4.1-02-06

  • PhD (Summa Cum Laude) University of Munster 2006
  • MS (Physical Chem) (Hons) Inst. of Chem, Chinese Acad of Sc 2002
  • BS (Chem) Hons Fuzhou University 1999
Dr. Chen Xiaodong is a Full Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He received his B.S. degree (Honours) in chemistry from Fuzhou University, China, in 1999, M.S. degree (Honours) in physical chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002, and PhD degree (Summa Cum Laude) in biochemistry from the University of Münster, Germany, in 2006. After his postdoctoral fellow training at Northwestern University, USA, he joined NTU as a National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow and Nanyang Assistant Professor (NAP) in 2009 in (MSE).  He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013, and Full Professor in 2016.

Professor Chen’s research focuses on developing soft materials for the applications in flexible devices, energy storage, and healthcare.  So far, he has published over 180 high profiled articles, including in Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie, and Advanced Materials.  His papers have been cited more than 6,500 times with an Hirsch-index of 42.  His research work was highlighted by more than 100 local and overseas’ media. Professor Chen’s research work on generating industrial impact is evident from his 22 patents, four of which had been licensed for commercial development. He is also the co-founder of a spin-off company, Quickcharge Pte Ltd, commercializing cutting-edge energy storage technology. 
Professor Chen’s achievement in research and innovation was recognized nationally and internationally with his many awards, namely the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry 2016, Small Young Innovator Award 2015, Lubrizol Young Materials Science Investigator Award 2015, and NRF Fellowship 2009.
Professor Chen exhibits strong student mentorship and supervision. He teaches undergraduate courses and students commended him as a passionate teacher.  More than 10 URECA, FYP, and PhD students have won different awards under his supervision. Among the PhD students and research fellows he supervised, more than 20 of them have secured academic position at different universities after training. As another evidence to his outstanding mentoring and supervising, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by the School in 2013 and 2016, respectively.
Professor Chen served as Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies) in 2014-2016. He initiated the MSE-Colloquium@NTU, which is a monthly event where distinguished scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and publishing editors are invited to give presentations to MSE PhD students and staff. In addition, he serves as a member to various committees at the school, college and university level.  Finally, he is actively involved in services to the global scientific community.  For instance, he has organized more than 10 international research symposia and workshops. Currently, he is the Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Scientific Editor of Nanoscale Horizons, and the editorial advisory member for several leading journals.
Research Interests
Currently, Prof. Chen's research focuses on two directions:
(1) Integrated nano-bio interface: to develop programmable nanostructure-biomaterial hybrid systems for monitoring, manipulating, and mimicking biological processes.
(2) Programmable materials for energy conversion: to explore programmable modules for electrochemical energy conversion and storage.
Current Projects
  • 3D Printing Flexible Electronic Devices
  • Active plasmonic structures and their applications in biosensing
  • An Integrated Antibacterial Nanotherapy for Infections of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
  • Bioinspired Nanojunctions:from Programmed Assembly to Advanced Functions
  • Conformable Ultra-Thin Wearable Sensors for Tactile Perception Understanding
  • Conformal Electronic Devices Based on Silk Protein: Adding Autonomy to an Ancient Material
  • Cyber-Physiochemical Interfaces
  • Development Of High Performance Prototype Lithium Ion Batteries Based On Tio2 Nanotube Anode Materials
  • Exploration of flexible/stretchable sensors in tactile understanding
  • Fast Charging Li-Ion Batteries for Audiological Devices
  • Integrated Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biomimetic Sensing
  • Manipulating Interfacial Process of Extracellular Electron Transfer in Bioelectrochemical Systems for "Wastewater Energy Nexus"
  • Mechanistic Probing Electrochemical Processes in Ultrafast Charging LIBs
  • Molecular Plasmoelectronics Based on Organometallics
  • Multiple Modulation of Molecular Transport Junctions
  • Nanomaterials for Energy and Water Management
  • Nanostructured-Biomaterials hybrid systems for bioelectronics
  • Next generation high performance transparent conductors for flexible interactive touch devices
  • Open-shell Polyacylic Hydrocarbons for Electronics, Photonic and Spintronics
  • Organometallics for molecular plasmonics
  • Skin-inspired Flexible Haptic Memory Arrays
  • Smart Electrophysiological System for Healthcare Monitoring
  • Somatosensory Neuron Inspired Devices for Robotic Tactual Perception
  • Surface Lewis Acid of Alumina Driven Photocatalysis for Selective Organic Transformations
  • Tunable Plasmoelectric Surfaces (TaPaS)
  • Ultrafast Charge Lithium-Ion Batteries Based On Additive-Free Anode Materials
  • Ultrafast Charging, Long Life and Cost-effective Lithium Ion Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage
  • Ultrafast Charging, Long Life and Cost-effective Lithium Ion Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage
Selected Publications
  • Cai, P.; Hu, B.; Leow, W. R.; Wang, X.; Loh, X. J.; Wu, Y.-L.; Chen, X. (2018). Biomechano-Interactive Materials and Interfaces. Advanced Materials, 29, 1800572.
  • Yang, H.; Leow, W. R.; Chen, X. (2018). Thermal-responsive Polymers for Enhancing Safety of Electrochemical Storage Devices. Advanced Materials, 30(13), 1704347.
  • B.K.. Chandran, S.A. Veldhuis, X.Y. Chin, A. Bruno, N. Yantara, X. Chen, and S. Mhaisalkar. (2018). Precursor Non-stoichiometry to Enable Improved CH3NH3PbBr3 Nanocrystal LED Performance. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(8), 5918-5925.
  • Zhisheng Lv, Yifei Luo, Yuxin Tang, Jiaqi Wei, Zhiqiang Zhu, Xinran Zhou, Wenlong Li, Yi Zeng, Wei Zhang, Yanyan Zhang, Dianpeng Qi, Shaowu Pan, Xian Jun Loh, Xiaodong Chen. (2017). Editable Supercapacitors with Customizable Stretchability Based on Mechanically Strengthened Ultralong MnO2 Nanowire Composite. Advanced Materials, 30(2), 1704531.
  • Yanyan Zhang, Oleksandr I. Malyi, Yuxin Tang, Jiaqi Wei, Zhiqiang Zhu, Huarong Xia, Wenlong Li, Jia Guo, Xinran Zhou, Zhong Chen, Clas Persson, Xiaodong Chen. (2017). Reducing Charge Carrier Transport Barrier in Functionally Layer‐graded Electrode. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(47), 14847-14852.

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