Chen, Yan


Specialty: Energy Materials




Education background

  • 2009-2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ph.D (Advisor: Prof. Bilge Yildiz)

  • 2006-2009 Peking University , Master of Engineering

  • 2002-2006 Peking University, Bachelor of Science


  • 2016-current: Professor

  • School of Environment and Energy, South China University of Technology

  • 2014-2016:“Schlumberger Faculty for the Future” Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces, MIT, USA (Prof. Bilge Yildiz);

  • Nano Materials and Electronic Group, MIT, USA (Prof. Jing Kong)

Research Area

Chen Reseach Group focus on rational design of new materials to enable high performance, economic energy and environment devices based on understanding and controlling the surface and interface properties under extreme conditions (electric polarization, reactive gas or liquid environment, high temperature, radiation and mechanic stress). We are also working on the application of  ion beam  implantation in low dimensional materials for energy and electronics.

Research Projects

Academic Achievement:

  • “Young Scientist Award”, The International Society for Solid State Ionics (ISSI),2019

  • Schlumberger “Faculty for the Future fellowship”, Schlumberger Foundation, 2014, 2015

  • MIT “Manson Benedict Fellowship”, 2009

Selective Publication:

  1. Yunmin Zhu, Zuyun He, YongMan Choi*, Huijun Chen, Xiaobao Li, Bote Zhao, Yi Yu, Hui Zhang, Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Zhenxing Feng, Yan Chen* and Meilin Liu*, Tuning proton-coupled electron transfer by crystal orientation for efficient water oxidization on double perovskite oxides, Nature Communications 11 (2020) 4299 DOI:10.1038/s41467-020-17657-9

  2. Xiang Sun, Huijun Chen, Yimei Yin*, Matthew Thomas Curnan, Jeong Woo Han, Yan Chen*, Zifeng Ma, Progress of Exsolved Metal Nanoparticles on Oxides as High Performance (Electro)catalysts for the Conversion of Small Molecules, Small, (2020) DOI: 10.1002/smll.202005383

  3. Chenhuan Zhao, Yifeng Li, Wenqiang Zhang, Yun Zheng, Xiaoming Lou, Bo Yu*, Jing Chen*, Yan Chen*, Meilin Liu* and Jianchen Wang, Heterointerface engineering for enhancing electrochemical performance of solid oxide cells, Energy & Environmental Science, 13 (2020) 53

  4. Yunmin Zhu, Xiao Zhong, Shiguang Jin, Haijun Chen, Zuyun He, Qiuyu Liu and Yan Chen*,Oxygen Defect Engineering in Double Perovskite oxides for Effective Water Oxidation, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 8 (2020) 10957-10965

  5. Yunmin Zhu, Lei Zhang, Bote Zhao*, Huijun Chen, Xi Liu, Ran Zhao, Xinwei Wang, Jiang Liu, Yan Chen* and Meilin Liu*, Improving the Activity for Oxygen Evolution Reaction by Tailoring Oxygen Defects in Double Perovskite Oxides, Advanced Functional Materials, 29 (2019) 1901783 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201901783

  6. Yunmin Zhu, Xi Liu, Shiguang Jin, Huijun Chen, Wonyoung Lee, Meilin Liu and Yan Chen*, Anionic defect engineering of transition metal oxides for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 7 (2019) 5875-5897

  7. Xi Liu, Lei Zhang, Yun Zheng, Zheng Guo, Yunmin Zhu, Huijun Chen, Fei Li, Peipei Liu, Bo Yu, Xinwei Wang, Jiang Liu, Yan Chen*, Meilin Liu*, Uncovering the Effect of Lattice Strain and Oxygen Deficiency on Electro-catalytic Activity of Perovskite Cobaltite Thin Films, Advanced Science, 6 (2019) 1801898

  8. Yan Chen,* Shengxi Huang, Xiang Ji, Kiran Adepalli, Kedi Yin, Xi Ling, Xinwei Wang, Jianmin Xue, Mildred Dresselhaus, Jing Kong* and Bilge Yildiz*, Tuning Electronic Structure of Single Layer MoS2 through Defect and Interface Engineering, ACS Nano, 12 (2018) 2569

  9. Yifeng Li, Wenqiang Zhang, Yun Zheng, Jing Chen, Bo Yu,* Yan Chen* and Meilin Liu*, Controlling cation segregation in perovskite based electrodes for high electro-catalytic activity and durability, Chemical Society Review, 46 (2017) 6345

  10. Yu Chen, Yan Chen, Dong Ding†, Yong Ding, YongMan Choi, Lei Zhang, Seonyoung Yoo,  Dongchang Chen, Ben deGlee, Han Xu, Qiyang Lu, Bote Zhao, Gulin Vardar, Jiayue Wang,  Hendrik Bluhm, Ethan J. Crumlin, Chenghao Yang, Jiang Liu, Bilge Yildiz* and Meilin Liu*, A robust and active hybrid catalyst for facile oxygen reduction in solid oxide fuel cells, Energy & Environmental Science, 10 (2017) 10, 964-971 († equal contribution)