We electrify materials to create nanostructures,

and we materialize electrochemistry to store energy

Qing Chen, HKUST, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Nanoporous Metal

    Materials displaying fascinating evolution mechanisms and structure-property relationships

    A nanostructure that can evolve from a range of distinct phase transitions, leaving behind a trail of kinetics-controlled phenomena that awaits to tell us the fascinating story of structural self-organization

Electrochemical Energy Storage

   Low-cost organic materials to store energy with their redox reactions, in Li-ion or redox flow batteries. 

    Batteries, built with cheap materials and designed with high safety, to store intermittent solar and wind energy for a sustainable energy landscape

Structural Evolution in Electrodes

    In-situ characterization of high-capacity electrodes to tackle stability issues. 

    A nanostructure seldom sits at equilibrium. Barriers to drive it off a steady state can be overcome in a battery or a fuel cell that operates at an extreme potential. We base our design of stable electrodes on structural dynamics

 

    Prof. Qing Chen is an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. As a core member of the Energy Institute, he works on materials for energy storage, and teaches an undergraduate course on Materials for Energy Technologies.

    Prof. Qing Chen was born in Wenzhou, China. He holds a bachelor's degree in Polymer Science from Zhejiang University and a PhD degree in Materials Science from the Arizona State University. Prior to joining Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), he attained his postdoctoral training at Harvard University. He is currently affiliated with both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. As a core member of the Energy Institute, he works on materials for energy storage, and teaches Undergraduate Lab and Materials for Energy Technologies. He can be reached at chenqing AT ust.hk.

Group Alumni

Yifan Xu - RA, now PhD @ HKUST

Zhien Wang - Undergrad, now PhD @ MIT

Wenqing Ruan - Postdoc, now faculty @ Shenzhen Univ

Guoyin Zhu - Postdoc, now faculty @ Nanjing Univ of Information Sci & Tech

Anson Tsang - RA, now undergrad @ GaTech

Yuan Xu - PhD, now scientist @ GP Batteries

 
News
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We are organizing a series of webinars on dealloying and nanoporous metal to keep our community connected. >> For updates.
Piles of Paper
Shida's new work offers a simple yet accurate means towards understanding electron transfer kinetics in complex porous electrodes.
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Our recent review discusses the perspective of achieving a high solubility with anthraquinone salts in a high-capacity electrolyte for an aqueous redox flow battery. >> view full text 
Publications
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Xiao D. et al. Bi-continuous porous structures from the selective dissolution of ionic solid solutions. Scripta Mater. (2021). >> view full text
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Wang, C., Zhu, G., Chen, Q. Monolithic Nanoporous Zn Anode for Rechargeable Alkaline Batteries. ACS Nano (2020). >> view full text
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Ren, Y. et al. Rational design of spontaneous reactions for protecting porous lithium electrodes in lithium–sulfur batteries. Nature Comm. (2019). 
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