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Dr. Shuo Chen, Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


  • Areas of expertise

    • Batteries
    • Electrocatalysts
    • In situ transmission electron microscopy
    • Thermoelectric materials
  • Awards

    • Robert A. Welch endowed professorship in high temperature superconductivity and materials physics, 2014
  • Publications

    • Zhensong Ren, Jing Shuai, Jun Mao, Qing Zhu, Shaowei Song, and Shuo Chen*, “Significantly enhanced thermoelectric properties of p-type Mg3Sb2 via co-doping of Na and Zn”, in revision, (2017).
    • Ze Yang, Jingying Sun, Yizhou Ni, Zhenhuan Zhao, Jiming Bao, Shuo Chen*, “Facile synthesis and in situ transmission electron microscopy investigation of a highly stable Sb2Te3/C nanocomposite for sodium-ion batteries”, Energy Storage Materials, 9, 214-220 (2017).
    • Luo Yu, Haiqing Zhou, Jingying Sun, Fan Qin, Fang Yu, Jiming Bao, Ying Yu*, Shuo Chen*, Zhifeng Ren*, “Cu nanowires shelled with NiFe layered double hydroxide nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting”, Energy Environ Sci (2017).
    • Ze Yang, Yan Jiang, Liangzi Deng, Ting Wang, Shuo Chen*, and Yunhui Huang*, “A high-voltage honeycomb-layered Na4NiTeO6 as cathode material for Na-ion batteries”, J. Power Sources, 360, 319-323, (2017).
    • Jingying Sun, Feng Wang, Yuan Liu, Yizhou Ni, Haiqing Zhou, Chuan Fei Guo*, and Shuo Chen*, “Gold micromeshes as highly active electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation reaction”, RSC Advances, 7, 22479-22484 (2017).

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  • Patents

    • Hsien-Ping Feng, Gang Chen, Yu Bo, Zhifeng Ren, Shuo Chen, and Bed Poudel, “Metal deposition using seed layers”, US Patent 8,580,100.
    • Zhifeng Ren, Jian Guo Wen, Jing Y. Lao, Wenzhi Li, and Shuo Chen, “Synthesis of boron carbide nanoparticles”, US Patent App. 11/088,527.
    • Zhifeng Ren, Shuo Chen, Wei-Shu Liu, Hengzhi Wang, Hui Wang, Bo Yu, and Gang Chen, “Methods of synthesizing thermoelectric materials”, US Patent 9,306,145.
    • Zhifeng Ren, Xiao Yan, Giri Joshi, Shuo Chen, Gang Chen, Bed Poudel, and James Christopher Caylor, “Half-heusler alloys with enhanced figure of merit and methods of making”, US Patent 9,048,004.
  • Funded Research

    • “Vibration spectrometer for detecting single atoms using carbon nanotube resonator arrays”, funded by Defense Threat Reduction Agency, co-PI. ($400,000/$1.8 M), 2013-2017
    • “Transmission electron microscopy studies for Toyota Research Institute of North America”, funded by Toyota Motor Corporation, PI. ($8,500), 2014-2017
    • “TcSUH Welch Foundation Professorship”, PI. ($75,000), 2014-2018
    • “Tools to study interfaces for superconducting, thermoelectric, and magnetic materials at the University of Houston”, funded by DoD-Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), co-PI. ($195,403/$781.612), 2014-2016
    • “Study on microstructures of interface between metal contacts and thermoelectric materials”, funded by GMZ Energy, Inc., PI. ($60,000), 2012
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information

    510 F Science and Research Building 1
    Phone: 713-743-9135