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Qian Chen

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Artificial Intelligence for Materials


Status Part-time Faculty

Home Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Phone 244-7386


Address 3257 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Honors
    • 2022: Hanwha-Total Energies IUPAC Young Scientist Award

    • 2022: Dean's Award for Excellence In Research for Associate Professor, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • 2021: Racheff faculty Scholar, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • 2020: Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UIUC (Feb.)

    • 2018: Unilever Award, Division of Colloid and Surface Science, American Chemical Society (Jun.)

    • 2018: The DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) Award from department of defense (Apr.)

    • 2018: Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Feb.)

    • 2017: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, Solid State and Materials Chemistry program, National Science Foundation (Nov.)

    • 2017: ACS Petroleum Research Foundation Doctoral New Researcher Award (Oct.)

    • 2016: Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award, Biophysics Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Oct.)

    • 2016: The SN 10 List of Scientists Making the Next Big Discoveries; Science News Magazine (one of the 10 early- and mid-career scientists, age 40 and under, selected among all science disciplines) (Sep.)

    • 2016: Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), United Kingdom (to a distinguished professor from an overseas academic centre of excellence for up to one month in UK university to build capacity and promote collaborations) (Aug.)

    • 2016: Forbes 30 under 30 Science List, Forbes Magazine (Jan.)

    • 2015: Victor LaMer Award, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, American Chemical Society (Jun.)

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Materials for Energy and the Environment