We electrify materials to create nanostructures,
and we materialize electrochemistry to store energy
Qing Chen, HKUST, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Materials displaying fascinating evolution mechanisms and structure-property relationships
Bicontinuous porous metal evolves from either dealloying, the selective dissolution of an alloy, or decomposition, that of a compound. We study the morphology evolution leading to nanoporous metals, understand structure-property relationships, and apply them to design electrochemical devices.
Energy Storage in Organic Molecules
Low-cost organic materials to store energy with their redox reactions, in Li-ion or redox flow batteries.
To store intermittent solar and wind energy in a grid, we exploit low-cost organic materials that are chemically and electrochemically reversible upon redox reactions for applications in Li-ion and redox flow batteries.
Structural Evolution of Electrodes
In-situ characterization of high-capacity electrodes to tackle stability issues.
Charge transfer in a high-capacity electrode brings drastic structural changes. As they all start at the electrode/electrolyte interface, we characterize it with in-situ with electrochemical AFM and STM, with the aim of designing an electrode structure that lasts longer.
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 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 had 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 an undergraduate course on Materials for Energy Technologies.
Yifan Xu - Research Assistant (with Prof. YK Lee)