Group News

Mar, 2021 Congratulations to Lacie and Norah for successfully passing their RPD defenses. They both officially become PhD candidates!

Jan. 22, 2021 Congratulations to Yasu for a great work about making bulk grain-boundary materials from nanoparticles that is published on Chem!

Dec 17, 2020 Welcome Jeremy and Peter officially join our group, Welcome! Peter is a joint student between Chen and Robinson groups.

Oct. 8, 2020 Prof. Chen is named as a 2020 Emerging Investigator by The Journal of Chemical Physics!

Oct. 1, 2020 Hua Zhu leaves our group and starts his new journey as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Moungi Bawendi's group at MIT! Good luck, Hua!!

Sep. 15, 2020 Prof. Chen has been recognized as a Top Reviewer for The Journal of Chemical Physics in 2019!

Jun. 01, 2020 Prof. Chen receives the NASA-RI EPSCoR Research Seed Grant to support our research for developing solar energy harvesting devices!

Jun. 20, 2020 Congratulations to Hua Zhu for winning the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad for excellence in graduate research!

May. 20, 2020 Congratulations to Yucheng for winning the Sigma Xi Award for excellence in graduate research!

Apr. 27, 2020 Prof. Chen is named as one of fourteen 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars! Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant for five years. Thank to the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation!

Apr. 22, 2020 Two more doctors from our group! Congratulations to Yucheng and Hua for beautifully defending their PhD theses (remotely)!!

Apr. 16, 2020 Prof. Chen wins this year's 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award with three years discretionary fund to support our research!

Apr. 9, 2020 Katie successfully defended her PhD thesis (remotely)! She becomes the first PhD student defended from the group! Big congratulation to Dr. Katie Hills-Kimball!

Apr. 7, 2020 Congratulations to Lacie for being selected to receive a Graduate Student Fellowship from the NASA-Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium!

Mar. 18, 2020 Tong has been admitted to the Open Graduate Education program at Brown! Congratulation to Tong!

Feb. 12, 2020 Prof. Chen is named as a Sloan Research Fellow, one of the most prestigious awards to the brightest young scientists! Thank to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation! News from Brown.

Jan. 21, 2020 STEM Day 2020! Lacie shared her own career path with high schoolers! Lacie, Hanjun and Tong helped for our exciting QD breakout session during the event!

Jan. 6, 2020 Welcome Lacie and Norah officially join our group! Welcome!

Dec. 17, 2019 Prof. Chen receives the prestigious NSF CAREER Award! Congratulations!

Nov. 26, 2019 Group Thanksgiving party 2019 at International House!

Nov. 16, 2019 Prof. Chen attended the 2019 National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) conference representing the Chemistry Booth for Brown University. The conference aims to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.

Oct. 23, 2019 Our work on self-assembly of tetrahedral quantum dots has been highlighted by DOE Office of Science see here!

Oct. 18, 2019 Yasu wins the MRS Postdoctoral Award and Hua wins the MRS Graduate Student Award! Congratulations!

Sep. 28, 2019 Katie and Prof. Chen demonstrate nanomaterials and quantum dots to the people during the Big Bang Science Fair event at Providence!

Aug. 27, 2019 Prof. Chen receives a NSF grant from CMMI program to support our collaborative work with Prof. Kim (Brown Engineering) about creating multifunctional nanocrystal architectures!

Aug. 25-29, 2019 Chen group members attend the ACS National Meeting at San Diego. Prof. Chen gave an invited talk during the conference!

Aug. 7, 2019 Prof. Chen receives a NSF grant from CBET program to support our photocatalysis work using QD-metal heterostructural nanocrystals!

Jun. 23-28, 2019 Hua, Yasu and Prof. Chen attend the 2019 Crystal Growth and Assembly Gordon Research Conference. Prof. Chen delivered an invited talk during the conference!

May 27, 2019 Prof. Chen is awarded as the Young Star Editor of Nano Research, a high impact international journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

May 9-12, 2019 Our team went to Brookhaven National Lab NSLS-II to conduct experiments using synchrotron X-ray source. Prof. Chen gave an invited seminar talk there. It was a very successful trip!

May 7, 2019 Hua Zhu won the department top award, Vince Wernig Fellowship award for his excellence in research. Hanjun Yang won the William T. King Prize for his excellence in teaching and mentoring! Big congratulations to Hua and Hanjun!

Apr. 26, 2019 Maria gave her honor's thesis presentation and obtained her undergraduate honor's thesis from Engineering school based on her work in our lab. Congratulations to Maria and good luck for the future!

Mar 31 - Apr. 4, 2019 Prof. Chen delivered an invited talk, and Junyu Wang presented a poster at ACS spring meeting in Orlando.

Dec. 20, 2018 Our paper about quasicrystalline nanocrystal superlattices is published in Science! With a Perspective in the same issue highlighting our work!

Dec. 12-14, 2018 Our team went to Brook Haven National Laboratory to conduct high-pressure experiments through the collaboration with Dr. Ruipeng Li!

Nov. 2018 Zhenyang Liu (visiting student from Beijing Jiaotong University) and Dr. Ping Wang (visiting scholar from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry) joined our group, welcome!

Nov.14-17, 2018 Akire Harris presented his summer research result titled "Functionalization of Cesium Bismuth Halide Perovskite-Like Nanocrystals" at the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis.

Oct 29. 2018 Maria Jesus presented a poster titled "Synthesis and Solid-Liquid-Solid Ion Exchange Reactions in CsPbX3 Nanocrystals" at the AlChE 2018 Annual Student Conference in Pittsburgh.

Sep. 19, 2018 Yasu's paper about self-assembly of truncated tetrahedral quantum dots is published in Nature! And is featured on Brown News. Big congratulations to all the authors, especially to Yasu!

Jun. 29, 2018 Our first SciToons movie about semiconductor Quantum Dots has been created, check it out on YouTube!

Jun, 2018 Welcome Celine Chen (Brown) and Akire Harris (from Tougaloo College, Mississippi) join our group to conduct summer research!

Jun. 06, 2018 Prof. Chen and Katie are showing elementary school kids a rainbow of colorful nanoparticle quantum dots at the Vartan Gregorian Science Conference at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School. Kids got excited to see color change by size!

Apr. 28, 2018 Prof. Chen and Prof. Robinson are organizing the 46th Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC-46) at Brown!

Apr. 2018 Prof. Chen and Prof. Toms (RI Hospital) receive a research fund from Advance-CTR Program by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS)!

Mar. 24, 2018 Prof. Chen delivered an invited talk about assembly and transformation of QD-Au hybrid nanocrystals at the 255th ACS meeting, New Orleans. Thanks for the symposium organizer's invitation!

Mar. 18, 2018 Prof. Chen receives a large industrial fund to support our work on developing nontoxic quantum dot nanocrystals with novel optoelectronic properties!

Mar. 17, 2018 Prof. Chen served as a judge for the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair and evaluated 12 interesting projects done by middle and high school students.

Jan. 23, 2018 Our annual STEM Day outreach event is going on in our department. High Schoolers are excited about making their first-ever nanocrystal quantum dots!

Nov. 21, 2017 Thanksgiving party 2017 at Prof. Chen's place!

Oct. 2017 Welcome two visiting students, Na Chen and Meidan Que join our group!

Sep. 21, 2017 Chen group attended the IMNI 10th Anniversary Celebration. Hua wins fist place at the Poster Contest! Katie and Yasutaka get Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all for the beautiful posters!

Aug. 20-24, 2017 Chen group went to the 254th ACS National meeting at Washington, DC! And Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the Colloidal Metal & Semiconductor Nanostructures Symposium!

Jul. 01, 2017 Three undergraduate students, Lingyu Ma, Dingzhou Cui and Xiuyu Jin from USTC and one UTRA student, Maria Jesus Perez come to our lab to conduct summer research, welcome!

Jun. 10, 2017 Prof. Chen gave an invited talk at the 43rd Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC) meeting!

Jun. 08, 2017 Hua's paper about pressure-processing hetero-structural nanomaterials has been accepted and published in Journal of the American Chemistry Society as a communication paper! Congratulations to Hua for this beautiful work!

Jun. 05, 2017 Prof. Chen wins the Starter Grant Award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). Congratulations!

Jun. 03, 2017 Group BBQ 2017!!

May. 10, 2017 Prof. Chen wins the IMNI Seed Funding Award. This award will support us to study the hybrid perovskite nanocrystals for solar energy applications. Congratulations!

Apr. 24, 2017 Katie has been selected as a Scholar of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University! Congratulations to Katie!

Apr. 18, 2017 Rui's beautiful work about the core-shell quantum dots is published in Chemistry of Materials!

Mar. 30, 2017 Group dinner to celebrate all the second-year graduate students successfully passing the RPD oral defense! Congratulations to Katie, Yucheng and Hua!

Mar. 21, 2017 Katie's paper about organic cation exchange in lead-halide perovskite nanocrystals has been selected as a "HOT" paper and published in Journal of Materials Chemistry C! Congratulations to Katie and all co-authors!

Feb. 06, 2017 Our paper of studying the superstructure of lead-halide perovskite nanocrystals under high pressure has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials! Congratulations to Yasu, Katie and all co-authors for this fantastic work!

Jan. 24, 2017 The first-ever STEM-Outreach day in Chemistry, Brown, hosted by Prof. Chen! This outreach event featured interactive panel discussion with undergrads in STEM concentrations, breakout sessions for high schoolers to see and do science, an opportunity to hear from college advisors on resources for college access and success, and tours of Sciences Park and the Main Green.

Jan. 16, 2017 Welcome the visiting student, Donna Yang joins our lab! Donna is from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Jan. 16, 2017 Welcome first year graduate students Xuan Xu, and Hanjun Yang join our lab!

Nov. 22, 2016 Thanksgiving party at Prof. Chen's house!

Nov. 18, 2016 Prof. Chen receives the UAC Grant Award from the Xerox Foundation. The fund will support our work on developing multi-functional superparticles for inks. Congratulations!

Nov. 02-08, 2016 Yasu, Katie and Hua had a trip to CHESS at Cornell University for synchrotron experiments! Fun and exciting!

Aug. 01, 2016 Katie Hills-Kimball receives the GAANN Research Fellowship to study perovskite-based nanocrystals. Congratulations, Katie!

Jul. 23, 2016 Our first group BBQ at Colt State Park!

Jun. 08, 2016 Welcome Eric Chaykovsky joins the lab doing research over the summer!

Jun. 07-14, 2016 Trip to Synchrontron lab at Cornell University for experiments and workshop. What a fruitful trip!

May. 01, 2016 Dr. Yasutaka Nagaoka joins our group as a post-doctoral fellow, welcome Yasu!

Apr. 18, 2016 Our review paper is published in Nanoscale as "HOT Article Collection". Congratulations to Rui and Hua!

Mar. 25, 2016 Prof. Chen receives Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award!

Mar. 25, 2016 Kelly Wang joins our lab as a under-graduate researcher, welcome!

Mar. 12, 2016 Group Booooooowling!

Jan. 11, 2016 Welcome first year graduate students Katie Hills-Kimball, Yucheng Yuan and Hua Zhu join our lab!

Oct. 02, 2015 Lulu (Can) Cao joins our group a under-graduate researcher. Welcome Lulu!

Oct. 01, 2015 Dr. Rui (Ray) Tan joins our lab as a post-doctoral associate. Welcome Rui!

Aug. 05, 2015 Jianfei Zhao joins the group as a graduate student. Welcome!

Aug. 27, 2015 Chen Group webpage is under construction!

Aug. 01, 2015 Dr. Chen joins Department of Chemistry, Brown University. New journey starts!