Principal Investigator
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Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University. His current research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. His current h-index is 78 on Google Scholar.


He published 2 books, 1 book chapter, 200 journal articles, and 110 of them are as corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews, Chemical Society Reviews, Nature Materials, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Joule, Matter, and many others. He also filed 17 US patents and licensed 1. His research works were highlighted by Nature and Science 7 times and covered by worldwide mainstream media over 1,000 times in total, including NBC, CNN, NPR, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Science Daily. 

Honors & Awards 

2021          Materials Today Rising Star Award 

2021          Advanced Materials Rising Star 

2021          30 Life Sciences Leaders To Watch by Informa 

2021          Materials Thought Leaders by Azom

2021          Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science   

2021          UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award

2021          Breakthroughs and Discoveries by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

2021          Vebleo Fellow

2021          IAAM Scientist Medal  

2021          Innovating Health Outstanding Young Speaker, NUS

2021          Interstellar Initiative by New York Academy of Sciences

2021          JMCA Emerging Investigators Award   

2021          ChemComm Emerging Investigators Award

2021          ACS AEM Early Career Investigators Award 

2020          Okawa Foundation Research Award (6 in U.S.)   

2020          Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science   

2020          Altmetric Top 100 (out of 3.4 million works in 2020 across 20 disciplines)   

2020          Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre 

2020          ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award

2020          Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigators Award 

2020          Nanoscale Emerging Investigators Award  

2020          Frontiers in Chemistry, Rising Stars  

2020          MINE2020 Young Scientist Excellence Award 

2020          The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University 

2019          The World’s Most Influential Researchers by the Web of Science           

2016          Excellent Undergraduate Mentor Award

2015          National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad  

2015          Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award                          

Journal Recognition

2019          Associate Editor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 

2021          Advisory Board Members,  Matter

2021          Early Career Board Members, Nano Letters

2020          Rising Star Editorial Board Members, ACS Nano 

2021          Editorial Board Members, Materials Today Energy

2021          Editorial Board Members, Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X

2020          Editorial Board Members, The Innovation (Cell Press)

2019          Editorial Board Members, Nano-Micro Letters 

2019          Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Chemistry 

2019          Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Pharmacology  

2020          Editorial Board Members, Advanced Fiber Materials 

2020          Editorial Board Members, Textiles

2020          Editorial Board Members, Biosensors 

2020          Editorial Board Members, Smart Materials in Medicine

2020          Editorial Board Members, SmartMat  

2021          Editorial Board Members, SusMat