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Design and Electrochemical Study of Nanomaterials for Clean Energy and Sensing Applications

a Chemistry Departmental Seminar presented by Aicheng Chen (University of Guelph)

With rapidly mounting environmental concerns, coupled with the accelerated depletion of fossil fuels, there is a significant demand for the development of advanced technologies for the sustainable energy production and environmental remediation. Nanostructured materials with high surface areas have garnered significant interests due to their unique properties and impressive applications spanning electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, energy conversion and storage, sensing, and wastewater treatment. Recently, the Chen research team has designed and investigated a variety of functional nanomaterials. In this talk, the synthesis and surface characterization of advanced palladium, gold, copper, and graphene-based nanomaterials are presented. The electrochemical properties of these nanomaterials as well as their promising applications in hydrogen production and storage, CO2 reduction, and electrochemical sensing are highlighted. The critical roles of nanostructured surfaces in the development of advanced electrochemical technologies for clean energy and sensing applications will be discussed. 

Aicheng Chen is Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Electrochemical Technology Centre at the University of Guelph, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electrochemistry and Nanoscience. He graduated from the University of Guelph with his PhD in Electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Jacek  Lipkowski in 1998. Subsequently, he spent four years working as a Research Scientist and Electrochemical Specialist in the chemical industry. In 2002, he joined Lakehead University as Assistant Professor, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in 2006, and to Full Professor in 2010. Prof. Chen moved back to the University of Guelph in 2017. 

Chen’s research interests span the areas of electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, biosensors, and nanoscience. He has published 280 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Section Editor of Current Opinion in Electrochemistry and Editor of Electrochimic Acta. For his accomplishments, Professor Chen has received a number of awards, including the Ontario Premier’s ResearchExcellence Award (2003); the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (2006); the Lash Miller Award (2009) and the R.C. Jacobsen Award (2020) of the Electrochemical Society Canada Section; the Fred Beamish Award (2009), the Keith Laidler Award (2012), the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award  (2013), the W.A.E. McBryde Medal (2016) and the Ricardo Aroca Award (2023) of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. He has also been named as Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry. 

Thursday, April 11 at 4:00pm

Linus Pauling Science Center, 402
2900 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Science, Department of Chemistry
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