Jun Chen

Jun Chen


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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, 190 journal articles, with 100 of them being a corresponding author in Chemical Reviews, Chemical Society Reviews, Nature Materials, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Joule, Matter and many others. His works have been highlighted by Nature and Science seven 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. Dr. Chen has been selected as one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of materials science by Web of Science.

Among his many accolades are the 30 Life Sciences Leaders To Watch by Informa, UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award, Okawa Foundation Research Award, Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award, Advanced Materials Rising Star, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, IAAM Scientist Medal, 2020 Altmetric Top 100, Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre, Highly Cited Researchers 2020/2019 in Web of Science, Frontiers in Chemistry Rising Stars, JMCA Emerging Investigator Award, Nanoscale Emerging Investigator Award and the MINE2020 Young Scientist Excellence Award.

More recently, Dr. Chen has been ranked the second most influential researcher in the nanogenerator field globally via an analysis of the bibliometric data, right behind pioneer Prof. Zhong Lin Wang. Beyond research, he is an associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles. His current research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapy applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area sensor networks. He has already published 2 books, 135 journal articles and 90 of them are as first/corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews, Nature Energy, Nature Electronics, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Joule, Matter, and many others. His works were selected as Research Highlight by Nature and Science 6 times, and covered by world mainstream media over 1,000 times, including NPR, ABC, NBC, Reuters, CNN, The Wall Street Journal‎, Scientific American, and many others. He also filed 14 US patents and licensed 1. Beyond research, he is currently an Associate Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Fiber Materials, Nano-Micro Letters, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Frontiers in Chemistry, Biosensors, Textiles, and Smart Materials in Medicine. With a current h-index of 66, he was identified to be one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of Materials Science by the Web of Science Group, and on the global list of The Highly Cited Researchers 2019/2020.
Selected Publications at UCLA
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. S. Xu, X. Liang, X. Wu, S. Zhao, J. Chen*, K. Wang, J.-S. Chen, “Multistaged Discharge Constructing Heterostructure with Enhanced Solid-Solution Behavior for Long-Life Lithium-Oxygen Batteries”. Nature Communications, 10, 5810 (2019) [Top 50 Chemistry and Materials Sciences Articles]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. W. Deng, Y. Zhou, X. Zhao, S. Zhang, Y. Zou, J. Xu, M.-H. Yeh, H. Guo, J. Chen*. “Ternary Electrification Layered Architecture for High Performance Triboelectric Nanogenerators”, ACS Nano 14, 7, 9050–9058 (2020).
  9. Z. Zhou, L. Weng, T. Tat, A. Libanori, Z. Lin, L. Ge, J. Yang, and Jun Chen*. Smart Insole for Robust Wearable Biomechanical Energy Harvesting in Harsh Environments, ACS Nano, 14, 10, 14126–14133(2020).
  10. S. Zhang, Y. Ma, L. Suresh, A. Hao, M. Bick, J. G. Park, R. Liang, S. C. Tan, and J. Chen*. “Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Strong Carbon Matrix Composites”, ACS Nano, 14, 9282–9319 (2020).
  11. E. Davoodi, H. Montazerian, R. Haghniaz, A. Rashidi, S. Ahadian, A. Sheikhi, J. Chen, A. Khademhosseini, A. Milani, M. Hoorfar, E. Toyserkani. “3D-Printed Ultra-Robust Surface-Doped Porous Silicone Sensors for Wearable Biomonitoring”. ACS Nano, 14, 2, 1520-1532 (2020)
  12. S. Pu, Y. Liao, K. Chen, J. Fu, S. Zhang, L. Ge, G. Conta, S. Bouzarif, T. Cheng, X. Hu, K. Liu, J. Chen*. “Thermogalvanic Hydrogel for Synchronous Evaporative Cooling and Low-Grade Heat Energy Harvesting”. Nano Letters, 20, 5, 3791-3797 (2020)
  13. 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].
  14. Y. Zou, V. Raveendran, J. Chen*. Wearable Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Biomechanical Energy Harvesting, Nano Energy, 77, 105303 (2020).
  15. 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]
  16. Y. Su, T. Yang, X. Zhao, Z. Cai, G. Chen, M. Yao, K. Chen, M. Bick, J. Wang, S. Li, G. Xie, H. Tai, X. Du, Y. Jiang, J. Chen*. “A Wireless Energy Transmission Enabled Wearable Active Acetone Biosensor for Non-Invasive Prediabetes Diagnosis”, Nano Energy, 74, 104941 (2020)
  17. X. Chu, X. Zhao, Y. Zhou, Y. Wang, X. Han, Y. Zhou, J. Ma, Z. Wang, H. Huang, Z. Xu, C. Yan, H. Zhang, W. Yang, J. Chen*. An Ultrathin Robust Polymer Membrane for Wearable Solid-State Electrochemical Energy Storage, Nano Energy, 76, 105179 (2020).
  18. Y. Zou, A. Libanori, J. Xu, A. Nashalian, and J. Chen*. Triboelectric Nanogenerators Enabled Smart Shoes for Wearable Electricity Generation, Research, 2020, 7158953(2020).
  19. Y. Zhou, W. Deng, J. Xu, J. Chen*. “Engineering Materials at the Nanoscale for Triboelectric Nanogenerators”. Cell Reports Physical Science, 1, 100142 (2020).
  20. Y. Zhai, Z. Zhu, C. Zhu, K. Chen, J. Tang, X. Zhang, J. Chen*. “Single-atom Catalysts Boost Nitrogen Electroreduction Reaction”, Materials Today, 38, 99-113. [Cover Image]
  21. H. Wang, S. Zhang, W. Cai, B. Xu, Z. Cai, Y. Wu, X. Luo, X. Wei, Z. Liu, W. Gu, A. Eychmueller, C. Zhu, and J. Chen*. “Largely Boost Methanol Electrooxidation Using Ionic Liquid/PdCu Aerogels via Interface Engineering”, Materials Horizons, 7, 2407-2413 (2020).
  22. 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]
  23. Tat, A. Libanori, C. Au, A. Yau, J. Chen*. Advances in Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Biomedical Sensing, Biosensors and Bioelectronics,171, 112714 (2021).
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  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2016-2019
  • Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre       2020
  • Nanoscale Emerging Investigators Award                                            2020
  • Highly Cited Researchers in Web of Science                                       2020
  • ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award                                           2020
  • Frontiers in Chemistry, Rising Stars                                                          2020
  • MINE2020 Young Scientist Excellence Award                                   2020
  • Okawa Foundation Research Award                                                        2020
  • The World’s Most Influential Researchers                                            2019
  • Associate Editor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics                               2019
  • Academic Editor, The Innovation (Cell Press)                                      2020
  • Editorial Board Members, Nano-Micro Letters                                  2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Advanced Fiber Materials                     2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Smart Materials in Medicine                2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Biosensors                                                       2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Textiles                                                               2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Pharmacology                    2019
  • Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Chemistry                             2019
  • National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad                           2015
  • Material Research Society Graduate Student Award                      2015