Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chen Xiaodong

Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Prof Chen Xiaodong

Professor Chen Xiaodong is the President’s Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy) and Professor of Medicine (by courtesy) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). He is the Director of Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices (iFLEX) at NTU and the Director of Max Planck – NTU Joint Lab for Artificial Senses.

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.  His research topics cover interactive materials and devices, integrated nano-bio interface, and cyber-human interfaces and systems. So far, he has published over 280 high profiled articles in Nature Nano, Nature Electronics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie, JACS, Advanced Materials, and so on. 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 more 50 filed/grant patents, nine of which had been licensed for commercial development, and more than 5 projects with industry. 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, Singapore NRF Investigatorship, Small Young Innovator Award, Singapore NRF Fellowship, Nanyang Research Award, Lubrizol Young Materials Science Investigator Award, Mitsui Chemicals-SNIC Industry Award in Materials and Nano-chemistry, and Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
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 40 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, 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Professor Chen served as Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies) at MSE in 2014-2016 and Associate Chair (Faculty) at MSE in 2016-2018. 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. He was recognised by Singapore Ministry of Education for Service to Education Award in 2020.

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 an Associate Editor of ACS Materials Letters. He also is the member of editorial advisory board of Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Small Methods, Advanced Materials Technology, Advanced Intelligent Systems, Batteries & Supercaps, Materials Today Energy, ACS Applied Bio Materials, Nanoscale Horizons, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Advances, Small Structure and Analysis & Sensing.
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
  • Bio-Inspired Flexible Electronics
  • 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
  • President’s Chair in Materials Science and Engineering (Chen Xiaodong)
  • Silk Fibroin Skin Mimic
  • Silk fibroin membrane as artificial epidermis for cosmetics industry
  • 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
  • Toward better future: Merging the lines between Fashion, Materials Science, Computer Science and Engineering
  • 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
  • Jianwu Wang, Jing Yu, Ting Wang, Chengcheng Li, Yan Wei, Xuliang Deng, Xiaodong Chen. (2020). Emerging intraoral biosensors. Journal of Materials Chemistry B , .
  • Zhihua Liu Wan Ru Leow Xiaodong Chen. (2019). Bio‐Inspired Plasmonic Photocatalysts. Small Methods, 3(3), 1800295.
  • Jiancan Yu, Jintao Kong, Wei Hao, Xintong Guo, Huajun He, Wan Ru Leow, Zhiyuan Liu, Pingqiang Cai, Guodong Qian, Shuzhou Li, Xueyuan Chen, Xiaodong Chen. (2019). Broadband Extrinsic Self‐Trapped Exciton Emission in Sn‐Doped 2D Lead‐Halide Perovskites. Advanced Materials, 31(7), 1806385.
  • 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.

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