Qian Chen

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • United States of America

About Qian Chen

Qian Chen has been an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2015. She received her PhD degree from the same department in 2012. Her research focuses on electron microscopy-based imaging, understanding, and engineering of soft materials, such as nanoparticle and colloidal self-assembly, protein transformation, battery materials, and energy-efficient filtration. Her awards include the American Chemistry Society (ACS) Victor K. LaMer Award in 2015, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR YIP) Award in 2017, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2018, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2018, and the ACS Unilever Award (2018). She also was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Science List in 2016. Chen can be reached by email at qchen20@illinois.edu.


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