Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty for the MSEI are affiliated with the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Earth & Planetary Sciences in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering.
Shaowei Chen
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Affiliations Undergraduate Education
  • Phone
    831-459-5841 (Office), 831-459-1892 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, Physical Sciences Bldg 148
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 148 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 159, 190 (Lab)
  • Office Hours TBA
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • Physical Science Building
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Material Science, Energy
  • Courses Physical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 164), Thermodynamics (CHEM 163B), Electrochemistry (CHEM 269)

Summary of Expertise

Synthesis, characterization, and manipulation of novel functional nanomaterials (metals and semiconductors); their long-range ordered assemblies and related nanoscale electron transfer; applications in fuel cells, photovoltaics and electronic devices

Research Interests

Physical Chemistry, Nanomaterials

The research program in the Chen group is centered around electron transfer chemistry at the nanoscale, which includes three research projects. In the first project, we are interested in the electron transfer properties of nanometer-sized functional particles and their organized assemblies. Our strategy is to employ a series of chemical as well as physical manipulations to shed light onto the molecular origin of these unprecedented electrochemical phenomena. In the second project, we examine the electrocatalytic activity of these functional nanomaterials for fuel cell electrochemistry, such as oxidation of fuel molecules at the anode and oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. In the third project, we explore the applications of nanoparticle materials as effective antimicrobial reagents.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S. University of Science and Technology of China, 1991
M.S. Cornell University, 1993
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1996

Selected Publications