Junhong Chen

Crown Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and lead water strategist at Argonne National Laboratory
Junhong Chen

Research and Scholarly Interests

Hybrid nanomaterials, 2D nanomaterials, chemical and biological sensors, energy devices

Lab Group

What drew you to PME?

I was attracted by PME’s interdisciplinary approach to research and education, which I believe is the most effective way to both embrace the grand opportunities and tackle the great challenges facing humanity, such as climate change, energy and environmental justice, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous discovery, and quantum information science. 

What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?

Over the last 18 months, I have enjoyed working with my wonderful, supportive colleagues at PME, UChicago, and Argonne, who makes me feel fully integrated into this big family. I have worked with the diverse pool of talent and the world-class facilities that UChicago and Argonne have to offer. And I have the pleasure of teaming up with my colleagues to secure large-scale grants and develop exciting new research programs.  

Where do you see PME in 10 years?

PME is already on the trajectory to become a leading engineering school in the nation and the world. PME will deliver several remarkable accomplishments within 10 years. It will produce several major scientific and technological breakthroughs in quantum science and engineering, immunoengineering, and sustainability. It will become a top destination for undergraduate and graduate students interested in convergent engineering, research, and education. It will be fully integrated with the rest of the UChicago campus to drive convergent research and education. Above all, the school will be seen by the rest of the world as an agent of change for convergent research and education.

What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?

I anticipate the deep integration of data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) into materials research, such as autonomous discovery of materials for various applications.

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