Visiting Chair Professor of Advanced Materials for Clean Energy under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme
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Area of Specialization

Nanostructured Materials; Electrochemistry; Electro-catalysis; Fuel cells; Zinc-air batteries, Lithium-sulfur batteries; Lithium-ion batteries; Solid electrolyte batteries; Aqueous flow batteries; Electrochemical Sensors

Short Description

Zhongwei Chen is a Chemical Engineering Professor, the Director of the Waterloo Centre for Electrochemical Energy Systems, and the head of the Applied Nanomaterials and Clean Energy Lab at the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Canada Research Chair (CRC-Tier 1) in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy at the University of Waterloo, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Director of Waterloo Center for Electrochemical Energy, Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (ACS-AMI) and Vice President of International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) .

Professor Chen’s research group aims to provide sustainable energy infrastructures and resources for future generations by developing novel high performance nanostructured materials, electrolytes and electrodes for use in fuel cells, zinc-air batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, lithium-ion batteries, solid electrolyte batteries and aqueous flow batteries. He has published 3 book, 9 book chapters and more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles (e.g. Nature Energy, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Energy & Environmental Science) with over 28,000 citations with a H-index of 83 (GoogleScholar). He is also listed as inventor over 40 US/international patents, with several licensed to companies internationally. His research activities are currently supported by a large and highly integrated team, comprising over 30 research associate/postdoctoral fellows and 30 graduate students. In addition, Dr. Chen has already trained more than 100 highly qualified personnel in all. He was the recipient of the 2016 E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2016, the fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2017, the Rutherford memorial medal from The Royal Society of Canada in 2017, which followed shortly upon several other prestigious honors, including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, an NSERC Discovery Supplement Award, the Distinguished Performance and Research Award. In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Chen was ranked as the Global Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019.