Dec. 3rd, 2021, our research paper on wearable cost-effective, eco-friendly zinc ion fiber batteries was published on Science Advances and was highlighted as the Front Cover. It could seamlessly be integrated into a multifunctional on-body e-textile, which provides a stable power unit for continuous and simultaneous heart rate, temperature, humidity, and altitude monitoring.
Nov. 26th, 2021, Dr. Chen was granted the Materials Today Rising Star Award. It recognizes early career researchers in materials science and engineering who have demonstrated themselves to be exceptionally capable researchers with the potential to become future leaders in the field. It will comprise an honorarium of USD 1000 and an invited review article for Materials Today. See [UCLA BioE].
Nov. 16th, 2021, Dr. Chen 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 continues to be on the global list of Highly Cited Researchers together with the other 12 Professors in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Read More from [UCLA Samueli Newsroom] and [UCLA University News].
Mar. 24th, 2021, our wearable sign-to-speech translation work that was published on Nature Electronics, was selected and highlighted by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block as Breakthroughs and Discoveries. The Chancellor highlights a few UCLA breakthroughs and discoveries that illustrate the incredible reach and continued impact of our scholarship. Please read more from [UCLA Breakthroughs]
Oct. 19th, 2021, Dr. Chen was made the list of The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University among all the scientists globally across the 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. He was ranked 291th in the sub-field of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in the world. The ranking is based on the standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, and so on. Full data please read [Mendeley Data] and [Article for Data Explanation]
Aug. 31st, 2021, Dr. Chen was recognized as Advanced Materials Rising Stars, which are individually nominated by the editorial team in recognition of their potential to influence future directions in materials science. A research article was invited to showcase the outstanding work of recognized researchers of their independent careers. Read More via [Research Article][Front Cover][Rising Star].
Jul. 23th, 2021, Dr. Chen received the Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigators Award. It showcases research carried out by internationally recognized early-stage scientists who are making outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Dr. Chen was invited to write a review article and was selected as the Front Cover. Read more from [Review Article] and [Front Cover].
Jul. 10th, 2021, Dr. Chen was highlighted by the UCLA Technology Development Group, which serves as a campus-wide gateway to Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship. The conversation was published in Volume 8 of UCLA Innovation Magazine, with an article title "Catch up with wearables expert Jun Chen". Read More from [UCLA TDG Innovation Magazine]
Jun. 29th, 2021, Dr. Chen was granted the UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award. The award aims to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising Assistant Professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research, in hopes of promoting career advancement and enhancing their progress toward tenure. Read More from [Hellman Fellows][UCLA News]
May 17th, 2021, Dr. Chen was highlighted as 30 Life Sciences Leaders To Watch by In Vivo. In Vivo, as part of Informa, has highlighted entrepreneurs and innovators who represent the next wave of creativity in health care, make waves, and challenge traditional structures across the biopharma and medtech sectors. Read More from [30 Rising Leaders] [Personal Interview: PDF] [UCLA BioE]
May 11th, 2021, Dr. Chen received the ChemComm Emerging Investigators Award from The Royal Society of Chemistry. It showcases research carried out by internationally recognized early-stage scientists who are making outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Dr. Chen was invited to write a Feature Article on the textile pulse sensors that was selected as the Front Cover. Read more from [Feature Article] and [Front Cover].
Apr. 13th, 2021, our Ph.D. candidate Alberto Libanori was granted the 2021 Engineering Fellowship from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Super congratulations. Another Ph.D. candidate Trinny Tat in our group has received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, one of the country’s most prestigious honors for graduate students beginning their studies. She is one of the two NDSEG Fellows at UCLA. Read more from [UCLA News].
Feb. 21th, 2021, Dr. Chen was made the list of The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University among all the scientists globally across the 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. He was ranked 571th in the sub-field of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in the world. The ranking is based on the standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, and so on. Full data please read [Mendeley Data] and [Article for Data Explanation]
Feb. 14th, 2021, Dr. Chen has fortunately been placed the 2nd Influential Researcher globally in the field of nanogenerator, right behind the field pioneer, Prof. Zhong Lin Wang, according to a recent study entitled "Towards smart cities powered by nanogenerators: Bibliometric and machine learning-based analysis". The result was obtained via a principal component analysis of the bibliometric data. Please read the full paper for more details [Nano Energy 2021, 83, 105844].
Jan. 28th, 2021, Dr. Chen received the Nanoscale Emerging Investigators Award from The Royal Society of Chemistry. It highlights the 2021’s rising stars of nanoscience & nanotechnology research. Dr. Chen was invited to write a review about self-powered chemical sensing that was selected as the Front Cover. Read more from [The Review] and [Front Cover].
Jan. 20th, 2021, our work on the wearable sign-to-speech translation made the list of ALTMETRIC TOP 100, an annual list of the publications that have most captured the public’s imagination each year, based on the data collected by Altmetric. Altmetric tracked 87.7 million mentions of 3.4 million works in 2020 and selected out 100 most discussed articles across 20 disciplines.
Dec. 24th, 2020, our work on wearable sign-to-speech translation was selected as the Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre. As 2020 draws to a close, the OSC has rounded up 10 science gems based on the criteria that they push the boundaries of science to help us learn about our past, benefit our future and add wonder to our present. More introduction from [BT Interviews].
Dec. 4th, 2020, Dr. Chen received the ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society. The ACS Nano Rising Stars are invited to give globally broadcast iCANX lectures, serve as an advisory board member of ACS Nano, and write a forward-looking Perspective/ Review for the journal. Read More from [UCLA Bioengineering News] and [iCANX Talks].
Nov. 18th, 2020, Dr. Chen 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 continues to be on the global list of Highly Cited Researchers together with the other 8 Professors in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Read More from [UCLA Samueli Newsroom] and [UCLA University News].
Sep. 1st, 2020, Dr. Chen was granted the Okawa Foundation Research Award for his contribution to smart textiles for personalized healthcare. Each winner will be granted 10,000 dollars. Dr. Chen was the only one in 2020 from UCLA together with other 6 U.S. professors from UC Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Southern California.
Jun. 29th, 2020, our work on wearable sign-to-speech translation using machine-learning-assisted stretchable sensor arrays was published in Nature Electronics. This work was highlighted by Science [From My Hand to Your Ears, Science 2020, 369, 520], and Nature Electronics [Do Deaf Communities Actually Want Sign Language Gloves? Nat. Electron. 2020, 3, 512], previewed by Prof. John Rogers [Matter 2020, 3, 337], interviewed by [NPR], and covered by media over 200 times, including [abc] [CNN] [NBC] [UCLA][UC News] [ScienceDaily].
Mar. 23rd, 2020, our invited review paper on energy harvesting textiles was published on Chemical Reviews and was highlighted as the Front Main Cover. This review systematically discussed energy harvesting textiles as sustainable power sources for wearable bioelectronics. This review paper soon becomes Highly Cited Paper & Hot Paper in the Web of Science.
Nov. 19th, 2019, Dr. Chen 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 Highly Cited Researchers together with the other 11 Full Professors in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Read More from [UCLA Samueli Newsroom] and [UCLA University News].
Sep. 1st, 2019, Dr. Chen was invited to be an Associate Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, an Elsevier journal established in 1985. With a current Impact Factor of 10.618, CiteScore of 19.4, and around 1000 publications per year, Biosensors & Bioelectronics is in the top quartile of the analytical chemistry, biophysics, biotechnology & applied microbiology, electrochemistry, and nanoscience categories. It is ranked #1/41 in Electrochemistry, #3/131 in Biophysics, #7/282 in Biotechnology, #6/229 in Biomedical Engineering.
Sep. 12th, 2016, our work on smart textile for simultaneously harvesting solar and mechanical energy was published in Nature Energy. This work was selected as a Nature Research Highlights (Fabric Harvests Two Energy Forms, Nature 2016, 537, 283), and covered by media around the world over 200 times, including[ScienceDaily][YaHoo][People][NanoWerk][Materials Today][Xinhua Net][Big News Network].
Feb. 9th, 2018, the large-scale radiative cooling fabric work was published in Nature Sustainability. It could contribute to save up to 23% cooling energy in the summer time. This work was highlighted by Science [Scaling Up Textiles that Cool Down, Science 2018, 360, 616]. The related patent was licensed and filed around the world, including USA, China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Brazil, European Associates, Mexico, India, Canada, Indonesia, Spain, and so on.
Mar. 4th, 2014, our work on radial-arrayed rotary triboelectric nanogenerator for high-performance mechanical energy harvesting was published in Nature Communications. This work was selected as a Nature Research Highlights (Shake to Make Power, Nature 2014, 507, 143), and reported around the world over 100 times, including [Sinc] [Phys.org] [China Science Daily][Naukas] [Radio-Canada] [Mother Nature Network][World Industrial Reporter].
Feb. 26th, 2015, the first configuration of triboelectric nanogenerator networks configuration for large-scale blue energy harvesting was published by ACS Nano. It is capable of floating on the surface of the water and converting the slow, random and high-force all-directional oscillatory water wave motions into electricity. This work was highlighted by Nature (Catch Wave Power in Floating Nets, Nature 2017, 542, 159).
Jun.1st, 2018, Dr. Chen was interviewed by ScienceNews Magazine and covered in a story entitled “Future Smart Clothes Could Pack Serious Gadgetry.” This article was highlighted as Front Cover of the SN Magazine. It is said “…Engineers are getting creative to make lightweight, flexible devices that keep clothing comfortable and still perform as well as their clunky counterparts...But fashionistas and gearheads can look forward to a future where electronic clothes are in vogue…” “…Primarily made of synthetic polymers and wool fibers, the fabric is lightweight, flexible and breathable. A 4-by-5 centimeter piece worn for a run in the sun can charge up a cell phone”.