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

Nanoporous Metal evolves from the self-organization of metal atoms at solid/liquid interfaces, manifesting the evolution kinetics and offering exciting new properties and functionalities.

    Materials displaying fascinating evolution mechanisms and structure-property relationships

Batteries power small electronics, cars, and even the electricity grid, enabling our transition towards renewable energy sources.
Structural Evolution of Electrodes dictates the lifetime of many electrochemical devices, especially if the electrodes are nano-structured. Understanding the structural evolution paves the way toward stability, steady states enabled by the design of the interfacial kinetics at play. 

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


    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 holds a bachelor's degree in Polymer Science from Zhejiang University and a PhD degree in Materials Science from Arizona State University. 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 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). 

Group Alumni:


Yifan Xu - PhD @ HKUST

Zhien Wang - PhD @ MIT

Wenqing Ruan - faculty @ Shenzhen Univ

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

Anson Tsang - undergrad @ GaTech

Yuan Xu - scientist @ GP Batteries

Jiatao Mao - scientist @ BYD

Congcheng Wang - postdoc @ GaTech

Yiting Zheng - consultant @ Exponent

Shida Yang - scientist @ CATL

Work from Liangyu and Guoyin marks our latest understanding of the instability of alkaline Zn anodes and the way to address it. Check the publication section.
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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.
Check it out in the publication section.
Recent publications
Zhu G., Xiao D., Chen Q. Spontaneous Formation of Porous Zinc in Rechargeable Zinc Batteries. J. Electrochem. Soc. (2021). >> view the article
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