Jun Chen

Jun Chen


4121H Engineering V

Email: jun.chen@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 794-5550
Fax: (310) 794-5956


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Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. His research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body-area networks.

He has published two books, two book chapters, and 260 journal articles, with 160 of them being the corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews(2), Chemical Society Reviews(2), Nature Materials(1), Nature Electronics(4), Nature Communications(4), Science Advances, Joule(3), Matter(10), Advanced Materials(12) and many others. His works have been highlighted by Nature and Science 7 times and covered by global mainstream media more than 1,200 times, including CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal‎, Reuters, and Scientific American. He has filed 14 U.S. patents, including one licensed. With a current h-index of 98, Dr. Chen has been selected as one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of materials science by the Web of Science.

Among his many accolades are the V. M. Watanabe Excellence in Research Award, UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award, BBRF Young Investigator Award, Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials, ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, Okawa Foundation Research Award, Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award, Advanced Materials Rising Star, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, Nano ResearchYoung Innovator Award, IAAM Scientist Medal, 2020, Altmetric Top 100, Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre, Highly Cited Researchers 2022/2021/2020/2019 in Web of Science, Frontiers in Chemistry Rising Stars, JMCA Emerging Investigator Award, Nanoscale Emerging Investigator Award, and many others.

Beyond research, he is associate editors of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Med-X, VIEW Medicine, and Textiles. He also serves as an Advisory/ Editorial Board Member of Matter, The Innovation, Nano-Micro Letters, Materials Today Energy, Nano Trends,Cell Reports Physical Science, and Biomedical Technology. For Chen Group position application please go to junchenlab@gmail.com.
Nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks.
Selected Publications at UCLA
  1. [Invited Review] A. Libanori, G. Chen, X. Zhao, Y. Zhou, J. Chen*. Smart Textiles for Personalized Healthcare. Nature Electronics, 5, 142–156 (2022)
  2. [Invited Review] G. Chen, Y. Li, M. Bick, J. Chen*. Smart Textiles for Electricity Generation, Chemical Reviews, 120, 8, 3668-3720 (2020) [Front Main Cover] [Hot Paper in Web of Science]
  3. [Invited Review] G. Chen, X. Xiao, X. Zhao, T. Tat, M. Bick, J. Chen*. Electronic Textiles for Wearable Point-of-Care Systems, Chemical Reviews, 122, 3, 3259–3291 (2022) [Front Cover]
  4. [Invited Review] Y. Fang, G. Chen, M. Bick, J. Chen*. Smart Textiles for Personalized Thermoregulation, Chemical Society Reviews, 50, 9357-9374 (2021) [Invited Review for Chem. Soc. Rev. 2020 Emerging Investigators Award][Front Cover]
  5. [Invited Review] W. Deng, Y. Zhou, A. Libanori, G. Chen, W. Yang, J. Chen*. Piezoelectric Nanogenerators for Personalized Healthcare. Chemical Society Reviews, 51, 3380-3435(2022) [Front Cover]
  6. Z. Zhou, K. Chen, X. Li, S. Zhang, Y. Wu, Y. Zhou, K. Meng, C. Sun, Q. He, W. Fan, E. Fan, Z. Lin, X. Tan, W. Deng, J. Yang*, J. Chen*. Sign-to-Speech Translation Using Machine-Learning-Assisted Stretchable Sensor Arrays. Nature Electronics, 3, 571-578(2020) [Highlighted by Science] [Highlighted by Nature Electronics] [Preview by Prof. John A. Rogers] [covered by over 200 media worldwide]
  7. G. Chen, Y. Fang, X. Zhao, T. Tat, J. Chen*. Textiles for Learning Tactile Interactions, Nature Electronics, 4, 175 (2021)
  8. Y. Su, W. Li, X. Cheng, Y. Zhou, S. Yang, X. Zhang, C. Chen, T. Yang, H. Pan, G. Xie, G. Chen, X. Zhao, X. Xiao, B. Li, H. Tai, Y. Jiang, L.-Q. Chen, F. Li, J Chen*. High-Performance Piezoelectric Composites via β Phase Programming. Nature Communications, 13, 4867(2022)
  9. X. Xiao, X. Xiao, Y. Zhou, X. Zhao, G. Chen, Z. Liu, Z. Wang, C. Lu, M. Hu, A. Nashalian, S. Shen, K. Xie, W. Yang, Y. Gong, W. Ding, P. Servati, C. Han, S. X. Dou, W. Li, J. Chen*.  An Ultrathin Rechargeable Solid-State Zinc Ion Fiber Battery for Electronic Textiles, Science Advances, 7, eabl3742 (2021) [Front Cover]
  10. Z. Yan, D. Xu, Z. Lin, P. Wang, B. Cao, H. Ren, F. Song, C. Wan, L. Wang, J. Zhou, X. Zhao, J. Chen, Y. Huang, X. Duan. Highly Stretchable van der Waals Thin Films for Adaptable and Breathable Bioelectronic Membranes. Science, 375, 852–859 (2022)
  11. K. Meng, S. Zhao, Y. Zhou, Y. Wu, S. Zhang, Q. He, X. Wang, Z. Zhou, W. Fan, X. Tan, J. Yang, J. Chen*. A Wireless Textile Based Sensor System for Self-Powered Personalized Health Care. Matter, 2, 896-907 (2020) [Featured Article]
  12. N. Zhang, F. Huang, S. Zhao, X. Lv, Y. Zhou, S. Xiang, S. Xu, Y. Li, G. Chen, C. Tao, Y. Nie, J. Chen*, and X. Fan*. Photo-Rechargeable Fabrics as Sustainable and Robust Power Sources for Wearable Bioelectronics. Matter, 2, 1260-1269 (2020) [Featured Article]
  13. S. Zhang, M. Bick, A. Nashalian, J. Chen*. Leveraging Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Bioengineering. Matter, 4, 845-887 (2021)
  14. X. Zhao, H. Askari, J. Chen*. Nanogenerators for Smart Cities in the Era of 5G and Internet of Things, Joule, 5, 1391-1431 (2021)
  15. Y. Zhou, X. Xiao, G. Chen, X. Zhao, J. Chen*. Self-Powered Sensing Technologies for Human Metaverse Interfacing. Joule, 6, 7, 1381-1389 (2022)
  16. Y. Fang, Y. Zou, J. Xu, G. Chen, Y. Zhou, W. Deng, X. Zhao, M. Roustaei, T. K. Hsiai, J. Chen*. Ambulatory Cardiovascular Monitoring via a Machine-Learning-Assisted Textile Triboelectric Sensor, Advanced Materials, 33, 2104178 (2021). [Front Cover][Invited Research Article for Advanced Materials Rising Star Award]
  17. K. Meng, X. Xiao, W. Wei, G. Chen, A. Nashalian, S. Shen, X. Xiao, J. Chen*. Wearable Pressure Sensors for Pulse Wave Monitoring. Advanced Materials, 34, 2109357 (2022).
  18. G. Conta, A. Libanori, T. Tat, G. Chen, J. Chen*. Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation. Advanced Materials, 33, 2007502 (2021) [Cover Image]
  19. Y. Su, G. Chen, C. Chen, Q. Gong, G. Xie, M. Yao, H. Tai, Y. Jiang, J. Chen*. Self-Powered Respiration Monitoring Enabled by a Triboelectric Nanogenerator, Advanced Materials, 33, 2101262 (2021) [Front Cover]
  20. Y. Fang, J. Xu, X. Xiao, Y. Zou, X. Zhao, Y. Zhou, J. Chen*. Deep Learning Assisted on-Mask Sensor Network for Adaptive Respiratory Monitoring. Advanced Materials, 34, 2200252 (2022)
  21. S. Pu, J. Fu, Y. Liao, L. Ge, Y. Zhou, S. Zhang, S. Zhao, X. Liu, X. Hu, K. Liu, J. Chen*. Promoting Energy Efficiency via a Self-adaptive Evaporative Cooling Hydrogel. Advanced Materials, 32, 1907307 (2020)
  22. T. Tat, G. Chen, X. Zhao, Y. Zhou, J. Xu, J. Chen*. Smart Textiles for Healthcare and Sustainability. ACS Nano. online. [Invited Perspective for ACS Nano Rising Star Lectureship Award]
  23. Y. Su, J. Wang, B. Wang, T. Yang, B. Yang, G. Xie, Y. Zhou, S. Zhang, H. Tai, Z. Cai, G. Chen, Y. Jiang, L.-Q. Chen, J. Chen*. Alveolus-Inspired Active Membrane Sensors for Self-Powered Wearable Chemical Sensing and Breath Analysis. ACS Nano, 14, 5, 6067–6075 (2020)
  24. L. Jin, X. Xiao, W. Deng, A. Nashalian, D. He, C. Yan, H. Su, X. Chu, V. Raveendran, T. Yang, G. Tian, W. Li, W. Yang*, J. Chen*. Manipulating Relative Permittivity for High-Performance Wearable Triboelectric Nanogenerators, Nano Letters, 20, 9, 6404–6411(2020) [Cover Image].
  25. C. Yan, Y. Gao, S. Zhao, S. Zhang, Y. Zhou, W. Deng, Z. Li, G. Jiang, L. Jin, G. Tian, T. Yang, X. Chu, D. Xiong, Z. Wang, Y. Li, W. Yang, J. Chen*. A Linear-to-Rotary Hybrid Nanogenerator for High-Performance Wearable Biomechanical Energy Harvesting. Nano Energy, 67, 104235, (2020)[Hot Paper in Web of Science]
  26. Z. Zhou, S. Padgett, Z. Cai, G. Conta, Y. Wu, Q. He, S. Zhang, C. Sun, J. Liu, E. Fan, K. Meng, Z. Lin, C. Uy, J. Yang, J. Chen*. Single-Layered Ultra-Soft Washable Smart Textiles for All-Around Ballistocardiograph, Respiration, and Posture Monitoring during Sleep. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 155,112064 (2020) [Hot Paper in Web of Science]
  27. T. Tat, A. Libanori, C. Au, A. Yau, J. Chen*. Advances in Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Biomedical Sensing, Biosensors and Bioelectronics,171, 112714 (2021).
For a full publication list, please visit  Web of Science
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2016-2019
  • 2023
  • V. M. Watanabe Excellence in Research Award (1 Faculty Each Year in UCLA Samueli School of Engineering)
  • Chinese Association for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award
  • Biosensors Best Paper Award
  • Advanced Materials Technologies Rising Star
  • Nano Research Young Innovator Award
  • 2022
  • Thrice Highlighted in the Promotional Video “UCLA Samueli 75 Years in the Making” 2022
  • Distinguished Keynote Speakers of the 3rd KAIST Emerging Materials e-Symposium
  • iCANX Young Scientist Award
  • Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science (1 out of 39 UCLA Faculty Members)
  • The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University (Ranked 9234 Globally Across 22 Fields)
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • Selected Participant of US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials
  • Microsystems & Nanoengineering Young Scientist Award
  • ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award
  • 2021
  • Materials Today Rising Star Award
  • Advanced Materials Rising Star
  • UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award
  • Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science (1 out of 43 UCLA Faculty Members)
  • Breakthroughs and Discoveries by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
  • Thought Leaders by AZo Materials
  • Rising Leaders: Recognizing Talent Across The Life Sciences by In Vivo
  • The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University (Ranked 14638 Globally Across 22 Fields)
  • Innovating Health Outstanding Young Speaker, NUS
  • Vebleo Fellow
  • IAAM Scientist Medal
  • Interstellar Initiative by the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigators Award
  • Chemical Communications Emerging Investigators Award
  • ACS Applied Energy Materials Early Career Investigators Award
  • Ranked the 2nd Most Influential Researcher Globally in Nanogenerator Field
  • 2020
  • Okawa Foundation Research Award (7 in the U.S.)
  • Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science (1 out of 9 UCLA Engineering Faculty Members)
  • ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award
  • Chemical Society Review Emerging Investigators Award
  • Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre
  • Altmetric Top 100 (out of 3.4 million works in 2020)
  • The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University(Ranked 20514 Globally Across 22 Fields)
  • Nanoscale Emerging Investigators Award
  • Frontiers in Chemistry, Rising Stars
  • Microsystems & Nanoengineering Outstanding Speakers Award
  • 2019
  • Highly Cited Researchers in Web of Science