Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Chen Xiaodong

Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies), School of Materials Science & Engineering

School of Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6513 7350
Office: N4.1-02-32

  • 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. Xiaodong Chen is an Associate Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He received his B.S. degree (Honors) in chemistry from Fuzhou University (China) in 1999, M.S. degree (Honors) in physical chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002, and Ph.D. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in biochemistry from University of Muenster (Germany) in 2006. After his postdoctoral fellow working at Northwestern University (USA), he started his independent research career as a Singapore NRF Fellow and Nanyang Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. His research interests include integrated nano-bio interface and programmable materials for energy conversion. So far, He has published over 170 scientific articles, including in Nature Nanotech, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, JACS, Angew Chem, and Adv Mater, and has given more than 120 invited talks/seminars. He co-edited a book entitled “Soft Matter Nanotechnology” (published by Wiley-VCH) to highlight representative examples of advanced synergies between soft matter science and nanotechnology. His innovation-oriented research has garnered more than 20 filed or awarded patents, 4 of which were licensed for further commercial development. His technology development led to one start-up company in Singapore for commercializing the cutting-edge ultrafast charging energy storage technology. Currently, he is the Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Scientific Editor of Nanoscale Horizons. In addition, he is the member of editorial advisory board of Advanced Materials, Scientific Reports, and Journal of Laboratory Automation. Due to the important contributions in the area of soft matter nanotechnology, he was awarded the “Small Young Innovator Award” in 2015 by Wiley-VCH and the “2015 Lubrizol Young Materials Science Investigator Award”. In 2016, he was selected as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences. He was also been awarded more than ten other prestigious awards and fellowships including the Singapore NRF Fellowship, the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship, Teacher of the Year Award, and the best PhD Dissertation award at the University of Muenster, Germany.
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.
Research Grant
  • A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (2012-2017) [by A*STAR Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2015-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2015-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2016-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2016-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 3 (2015-)
  • Energy Innovation Research Programme (2016-) [by Energy Market Authority (EMA)]
  • MERLION (2014-2016)
  • NRF CREATE (2011-)
  • NRF CREATE (2012-)
  • NRF Competitive Research Program (2015-)
  • NRF Competitive Research Program (2015-) [by National Research Foundation (NRF)]
  • NRF Industry-IHL Partnership Grant (2016-) [by National Research Foundation (NRF), Sivantos Pte Ltd]
  • NRF Proof of Concept (2015-)
  • Singaporean-German Researchers Mobility Scheme (2016-) [by Nanyang Technological University]
Current Projects
  • 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
  • Fast Charging Li-Ion Batteries for Audiological Devices
  • Integrated Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biomimetic Sensing
  • 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
  • Nanomaterials for Water Management I
  • 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
  • Self-Powered Flexibile Sensors Based on Microstructured Silicon Arrays
  • SinBeRISE Subproject 4 - Materials
  • Skin-inspired Flexible Haptic Memory Arrays
  • Structurability and Patterning of Transparent Conductors
  • 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
Selected Publications
  • Li, Y.*; Wei, X.; Zhu, B.; Tang, Y.; Wang, H.; Sum, T. Z.; Chen, X.*. (2016). Hierarchically Branched Fe2O3@TiO2 Nanorod Arrays for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting: Facile Synthesis and Ehanced Photoelectrochemical Performance. Nanoscale, 8, 11284.
  • Yuangang Li, Xiaoliang Wei, Bowen Zhu, Hua Wang, Yuxin Tang, Tze Chien Sum, Xiaodong Chen. (2016). Hierarchically branched Fe 2 O 3@ TiO 2 nanorod arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting: facile synthesis and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance. Nanoscale, 8(21), 11284-11290.
  • Zhang, Y.; Tang, Y.; Li, W.; Chen, X.*. (2016). Nanostructured TiO2-based Anode Materials for High-performance Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries. ChemNanoMat, , DOI: 10.1002/cnma.201600093.
  • Rui, X.; Tang, Y.; Malyi, O. I.; Gusak, A.; Zhang, Y.; Niu, Z.; Tan, H. T.; Persson, C.; Chen, X.; Chen, Z.;* Yan, Q.*. (2016). Ambient Dissolution-Recrystallization towards Large-Scale Preparation of V2O5 Nanobelts for High-Energy Battery Applications. Nano Energy, 22, 583-593.
  • Zhang, Y.; Wu, B.; Tang, Y.; Qi, D.; Wang, N.; Wang, X.; Ma, X.; Sum, T. C.*; Chen, X.*. (2016). Prolonged Electron Lifetime in Ordered TiO2 Mesophyll cell-like Microspheres for Efficient Photocatalytic Water Reduction and Oxidation. Small, 12(17), 2291–2299.

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