Contact Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, Room 3606
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, ON. N2L 3G1
+1 519 888 4567, ext.38654
Research interests: CO2 capture and storage; nanomaterials in energy systems; flame synthesis of nanostructures
Professor John Wen, obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto with Professor Murray Thomson and Professor Marily Lightstone. He was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellow who spent more than two years in the Green group at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a visiting scientist, he worked with Professor John Vander Sande at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT and with Professor Markus Kraft at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Wen is currently a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and American Chemical Society (ACS).
- Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering, MIT
- PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2005
- MASc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2002
- BSc, Power Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, China
The mission of University of Waterloo Laboratory of Emerging Energy Research is to examine existing energy conversion processes and develop novel technologies for future energy utilization and storage systems.
Novel nanostructures are investigated for their synthesis and applications as energy storage media. Carbon nanotubes are being studied for their characterization and patterning for electrode material in fuel cells and supercapacitors. One of our major research targets is the multi-scale transport phenomena during material synthesis and energy conversion.
Our group of collaborators study the thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and transport phenomena during combustion of biofuels. We also study the growth mechanisms of metallic nanoparticles and carbon nanostructures in combustion synthesis of nanostructures and modeling the growth and formation of nanowires and nanoparticles.
- Synthesis and application of nanomaterials
- Manipulation and package of carbon nanotubes
- Characterization and functionalization of nanomaterials
- Development of nanotech-based novel energy systems
- CO2 capture and storage in micro-channeled structures
- Multi-scale simulation of nanoparticle formation
- Combustion generated particulates
- Catalysis and reaction optimization