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Zhongwei Chen

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy & Director of Collaborative Graduate Program in Nanotechnology

Zhongwei ChenDegrees

  • BSc, Nanjing University of Technology, China
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE), East China University of Science and Technology, China
  • PhD, University of California, Riverside

Research interests

  • Nanostructured fuel cell catalysts
  • Nanocomposite membranes for fuel cell and water purification
  • Zeolite nanoparticles and membrane
  • Advanced nanostructured conductive polymer
  • Nanostructured Materials towards device application

Selected references

  • Xu, L. B.; Chen, Z. W.; Chen, W; Ashok, M; Yan, Y. S., Electrochemical synthesis of perfluorinated ions doped conducting polyaniline films consisting of helical fibers and their reversible switching between superhydrophobicity and superhydrophilicity. Macromolecular Rapid Communications2008, 29(10), 832-838.
  • Cai, R.; Sun, M. W.; Chen, Z. W.; Yan, Y. S., Ionothermal Synthesis of Oriented Zeolite AEL Films and their Application as Corrosion-Resistant Coatings. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2008, (VIP)(Very Important Paper and Cover Picture; highlight; C&EN News Report) 47(3), 525-528.
  • Nakano, H.; Li, W. Z.; Chen, Z. W.; Waje, M.; Kuwabata, S.; Yan, Y.S. Carbon nanotube and carbon black supported platinum nanocomposites as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Electrochemistry (Tokyo, Japan) 2007, 75(9), 705-708.
  • Chen, Z. W.; Waje, M.; Li, W. Z.; Yan, Y. S., Supportless Pt and PtPd nanotubes as electrocatalysts for oxygen-reduction reactions. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2007, (VIP) 46, (22), 4060-4063. (Very Important Paper and Frontpiece Cover Picture).
  • Tang, J. M.; Jensen, K.; Waje, M.; Li, W. Z.; Larsen, P.; Pauley, K.; Chen, Z. W.; Ramesh, P.; Itkis, M. E.; Yan, Y. S.; Haddon, R. C., High Performance Hydrogen Fuel Cells with Ultralow Pt Loading Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Catalysts. Journal of Physical Chemistry C2007, 111(48), 17901-17904.
  • Chen, Z. W.; Deng, W. Q.; Wang, X.; Alia, S.; Cai, R.; Sun, M. W.; Li, W. Z.; Yan, Y. S., Durability and Activity Study of Single-Walled, Double-Walled and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Supported Pt Catalyst for PEMFCs. ECS Transactions 2007, 11(1, Part 2, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells 7, Part 2), 1289-1299.
  • Wang, X. Q.; Liu, R.; Mahesh, W.; Chen, Z. W.; Yan, Y. S.; Bozhilov, K. N.; Feng, P. Y., Sulfonated Ordered Mesoporous Carbon as a Stable and Highly Active Protonic Acid Catalyst. Chemistry of Materials 2007, 19, (10), 2395-2397.
  • Chen, Z. W.; Xu, L. B.; Li, W. Z.; Waje, M.; Yan, Y. S., Polyaniline nanofibre supported platinum nanoelectrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. Nanotechnology 2006, 17, (20), 5254-5259.
  • Wang, X.; Li, W. Z.; Chen, Z. W.; Waje, M.; Yan, Y. S., Durability investigation of carbon nanotube as catalyst support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Journal of Power Sources 2006, 158, (1), 154-159.
  • Chen, Z. W.; Holmberg, B.; Li, W. Z.; Wang, X.; Deng, W. Q.; Munoz, R.; Yan, Y. S., Nafion/zeolite nanocomposite membrane by in situ crystallization for a direct methanol fuel cell. Chemistry of Materials 2006, 18, (24), 5669-5675.
  • Li, W. Z.; Wang, X.; Chen, Z. W.; Waje, M.; Yan, Y. S., Pt-Ru supported on double-walled carbon nanotubes as high-performance anode catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry B2006, 110, (31), 15353-15358.
  • Li, W. Z.; Wang, X.; Chen, Z. W.; Waje, M.; Yan, Y. S., Carbon nanotube film by filtration as cathode catalyst support for proton-exchange membrane fuel cell. Langmuir 2005, 21, (21), 9386-9389.
  • Chen, Z. W.; Li, S.; Yan, Y. S., Synthesis of template-free zeolite nanocrystals by reverse microemulsion-microwave method. Chemistry of Materials2005, 17, (9), 2262-2266.
  • Li, S.; Li, Z. J.; Bozhilov, K. N.; Chen, Z. W.; Yan, Y. S., TEM investigation of formation mechanism of monocrystal-thick b-oriented pure silica zeolite MFI film. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2004, 126, (34), 10732-10737.
  • Li, S.; Wang, X.; Beving, D.; Chen, Z. W.; Yan, Y. S., Molecular sieving in a nanoporous b-oriented pure-silica-zeolite MFI monocrystal film. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2004, 126, (13), 4122-4123.

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Bernard S. Baker Award, Fuel Cell Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. (2007).
  • Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A. (2007).
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Travel Grant, The ECS, San Antonio, Pennington, New Jersey, U.S.A. (2007).
  • William R. Pierson/Ford Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A. (2006).
  • Best Poster Presentation, Graduate Poster Session, University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A. (2006).
  • College Fellowship Award, Graduate University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A. (2003).
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo