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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]

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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]. 

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Feb. 21th, 2021, Dr. 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].

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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].

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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]. 

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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.

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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] [] [China Science Daily][Naukas] [Radio-Canada] [Mother Nature Network][World Industrial Reporter].


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”.