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Professor Chen is now a full professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Science and Technology of China, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively. From 2006 to 2018, he worked as a Professor of Materials Science at Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In August 2018, He joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is internationally recognized for his leading research work in nanotechnology-based smart materials, including muscle-like flexible actuators, skin-like touch sensors, electricity generators, and optoelectric functional fibers for wearable energy harvesting and storage. He has published more than 130 papers in high-impact international scientific journals including Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, Nano. Lett., JACS, Progress in Polymer Science, Materials Science & Engineering R, and etc.

Research interests

Nanotechnology-based smart materials for wearable applications, including novel nanostructured and bio-inspired functional materials, electroactive polymer, flexible devices including sensors, actuators, generators, supercapacitors, optoelectric functional fibers and so on.


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Smart Wearables and Smart Living

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Anhui University

Doctor of Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Master of Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China


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