Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
E-mail: schenshuo@gmail.com

EDUCATION

  • 2002 - 2006, BOSTON COLLEGE, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
    Ph. D. in Physics, Department of Physics
  • 1998 - 2002, PEKING UNIVERSITY, Beijing, P. R. China
    B. S. in Physics, Department of Physics

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Sep. 2011 – present
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
  • Aug. 2011 – Sep. 2011
    Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
  • Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2011
    Postdoctoral Associate, Nanoengineering Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Aug. 2006 – Aug. 2009
    Postdoctoral Associate, Electrochemical Energy Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • May 2003 – Aug. 2006
    Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
  • Sep. 2002 – May 2003
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Synthesis of nano-materials: carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition, carbide nanoparticles via solid-state reactions, polymer nanofibers through electrospinning, etc.
  • Transmission electron microscopy characterizations: structures, in-situ electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of nano-materials.
  • Applications of nano-materials: high strength carbon nanotube composites, carbon nanotubes as field emission electron sources, materials for energy conversion and storage purposes in thermoelectrical devices, fuel cells, and batteries.

PUBLICATIONS

1. Huaizhou Zhao, Mani Pokheral, Gaohua Zhu, Shuo Chen, Kevin Lukas, Qing Jie, Cyril Opeil, Gang Chen, and Zhifeng Ren, Dramatic thermal conductivity reduction by nanostructures for large increase in thermoelectric figure-of-merit of FeSb2, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 163101 (2011).

2. Wenchao Sheng, Seung Woo Lee, Ethan J Crumlin, Shuo Chen and Yang Shao-Horn, Synthesis, Activity, and Durability of Pt Nanoparticles Supported on Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Oxygen Reduction, J. Electrochem. Soc., 158, B1398-B1404 (2011).

3. Junhyung Kim, Seung Woo Lee, Shuo Chen, and Yang Shao-Horn, Synthesis and Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Atomic and Nanoparticle Gold on Thiol-Functionalized Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes,  Electrochem. Solid St., 14, B105 - B109 (2011).

4. W. S. Liu, Q. Y. Zhang, Y. C. Lan, Shuo Chen, Xiao Yan, Qian Zhang, Hui Wang, D. Z. Wang, Gang Chen, and Z. F. Ren, Thermoelectric property studies on Cu doped n-type CuxBi2Te2.7Se0.3 nanocomposites, Adv. Energy Mater., 1, 577 – 587 (2011).

5. Hsien-Ping Feng, Trilochan Paudel, Bo Yu, Shuo Chen, Zhi Feng Ren, and Gang Chen, Nanoparticle-Enabled Selective Electrodeposition, Adv. Mater., 23, 2454-2459 (2011).

6. H.P. Feng, B. Yu, Shuo Chen, K.C. Collins, C. He, Z.F. Ren, and G. Chen, Studies on surface preparation and smoothness of nanostructured Bi2Te3-based alloys by electrochemical and mechanical methods, Electrochimica Acta, 56, 3079-3084 (2011).

7. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Yi-Chun Lu, Azzam N. Mansour, Shuo Chen, and Yang Shao-Horn, The Influence of Heat-Treatment Temperature on the Cation Distribution of LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 and Its Rate Capability in Lithium Rechargeable Batteries, J. Electrochem. Soc., 158, A192 - A200 (2011).

8. Hye Ryung Byon, Seung Woo Lee, Shuo Chen, Paula T. Hammond, and Yang Shao-Horn, Thin films of carbon nanotubes and chemically reduced graphenes for electrochemical micro-capacitors, Carbon, 49, 457-467 (2011).

9. K. Collins, Shuo Chen, and G. Chen, Effects of surface chemistry on thermal conductance at aluminum-diamond interfaces, Appl. Phys. Lett., 97, 083102 (2010).

10. Seung Woo Lee, Junhyung Kim, Shuo Chen, Paula T. Hammond, and Yang Shao-Horn, Carbon nanotube/manganese oxide ultrathin film electrodes for electrochemical capacitors, ACS Nano, 7, 3889-3896 (2010).

11. Yi-Chun Lu, Zhichuan Xu, Hubert Gasteiger, Shuo Chen, Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, and Yang Shao-Horn, Platinum-gold nanoparticles: A highly active bifunctional electrocatalyst for rechargeable lithium-air batteries, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 12170-12171 (2010).

12. Seung Woo Lee, Naoaki Yabuuchi, Betar M. Gallant, Shuo Chen, Byeong-Su Kim, Paula T. Hammond, and Yang Shao-Horn, High-power lithium batteries from functionalized carbon nanotube electrodes, Nat. Nanotechnol., 5, 531-537 (2010).

13. Seung Woo Lee, Shuo Chen, Jin Suntivich, Kotaro Sasaki, Radoslav R. Adzic, and Yang Shao-Horn, Role of surface steps of Pt nanoparticles on the electrochemical activity for oxygen reduction, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 1, 1316-1320 (2010).

14. Shuo Chen, Hubert A. Gasteiger, Katsuichiro Hayakawa, Tomoyuki Tada, and Yang Shao-Horn, Platinum-alloy cathode catalyst degradation in proton exchange membrane fuel cells: Nanometer-scale compositional and morphological changes, J. Electrochem. Soc., 15, A82-A97 (2010).

15. Seung Woo Lee, Shuo Chen, Wenchao Sheng, Naoaki Yabuuchi, Yong-Tae Kim, Tadaoki Mitani, Elio Vescovo, and Yang Shao-Horn, The roles of surface steps on Pt nanoparticles in electro-oxidation of carbon monoxide and methanol, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 15669-15677 (2009).

16. Shuo Chen, Wenchao Sheng, Naoaki Yabuuchi, Paulo J. Ferreira, Lawrence F. Allard, and Yang Shao-Horn, The origin of oxygen reduction reaction activity on “Pt3Co” nanoparticles: Atomically resolved chemical compositions and structures, J. Phys. Chem. C, 113, 1109-1125 (2009).

17. Seung Woo Lee, Byeong-Su Kim, Shuo Chen, Yang Shao-Horn, and Paula T. Hammond, Layer-by-layer assembly of all carbon nanotube ultrathin films for electrochemical applications, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 671-679 (2009).

18. Shuo Chen, Paulo J. Ferreira, Wenchao Sheng, Naoaki Yabuuchi, Lawrence F. Allard, and Yang Shao-Horn, Enhanced activity for oxygen reduction reaction on “Pt3Co” nanoparticles: Direct evidence of percolated and sandwich-segregation structures, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 13818-13819 (2008).

19. Leon L. Shaw, Juan Villegas, Jian-Yu Huang, Shuo Chen, Strengthening via deformation twinning in a nickel alloy, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 480, 75-83 (2007).

20. Y. Shao-Horn, W. C. Sheng, Shuo Chen, P. J. Ferreira E., Holby D. Morgan, Instability of supported platinum nanoparticles in low-temperature fuel cells, Top. Catal., 46:285-305 (2007).

21. C. Dames, Shuo Chen, C. T. Harris, J. Y. Huang, Z. F. Ren, Mildred Dresselhaus, and Gang Chen, A hot wire probe for thermal measurements of nanowires and nanotubes inside a transmission electron microscope, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 78, 104903 (2007).

22. J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, Z. F. Ren, Z. Wang, K. Kempa, M. J. Naughton, G. Chen, and M. S. Dresselhaus, Enhanced ductile behavior of tensile-elongated individual double-walled and triple-walled carbon nanotubes at high temperatures, Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 185501 (2007).

23. Baoqing Zeng, Guangyong Xiong, Shuo Chen, Wenzhong Wang, D. Z. Wang, and Z. F. Ren, Field emission of silicon nanowires grown on carbon cloth, Appl. Phys. Lett., 90, 033112 (2007).

24. J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, Z. F. Ren, Z. Q. Wang, D. Z. Wang, M. Vaziri, Z. Suo, G. Chen, and M. S. Dresselhaus, Kink formation and motion in carbon nanotubes at high temperatures, Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, 075501 (2006).

25. Baoqing Zeng, Guangyong Xiong, Shuo Chen, W. Z. Wang, D. Z. Wang, and Z. F. Ren, Enhancement of field emission of aligned carbon nanotubes by thermal oxidation, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89, 223119 (2006).

26. J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, Z. F. Ren, G. Chen, and M. S. Dresselhaus, Real-time observation of tubule formation from amorphous carbon nanowires under high-bias Joule heating, Nano Lett., 6, 1699-1705 (2006).

27. Baoqing Zeng, Guangyong Xiong, Shuo Chen, S. H. Jo, W. Z. Wang, D. Z. Wang, and Z. F. Ren, Field emission of silicon nanowires, Appl. Phys. Lett., 88, 213108 (2006).

28. J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, Z. Q. Wang, K. Kempa,Y. M. Wang, S. H. Jo, G. Chen, M. S. Dresselhaus, and Z. F. Ren, Superplastic carbon nanotubes, Nature, 439, 281 (2006).

29. Y. Wang, S. H. Jo, Shuo Chen, D. Z. Wang, K. Kempa, and Z. F. Ren, Aligned carbon nanofibres by a low-energy dark discharge for field emission and optoelectronics, Nanotechnol., 17, 501-505 (2006).

30. Shuo Chen, J. Y. Huang, Z. Wang, K. Kempa, G. Chen, and Z. F. Ren, High-bias-induced structure and the corresponding electronic property changes in carbon nanotubes, Appl. Phys. Lett., 87, 263107 (2005).

31. S. H. Jo, J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, G. Y. Xiong, D. Z. Wang, and Z. F. Ren, Field emission of carbon nanotubes grown on carbon cloth, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 23, 2363-2368 (2005).

32. J. Y. Huang, K. Kempa, S. H. Jo, Shuo Chen, and Z. F. Ren, Giant field enhancement at carbon nanotube tips induced by multistage effect, Appl. Phys. Lett., 87, 053110 (2005).

33. J. Y. Huang, L. C. Zhang, Shuo Chen, D. Z. Wang, S. H. Jo, W. Z. Li, and Z. F. Ren, Interface reactions in a chromium buffer layer deposited between stainless steel and a silicon substrate, Philos. Mag., 85, 1459-1471 (2005).

34. J. Y. Huang, Shuo Chen, S. H. Jo, Z. Wang, D.X. Han, G. Chen, M.S. Dresselhaus, and Z. F. Ren, Atomic scale imaging of wall-by-wall breakdown and concurrent transport measurements in multiwall carbon nanotubes, Phys. Rev. Lett., 94, 236802 (2005).

35. Shuo Chen, D. Z. Wang, J. Y. Huang, and Z. F. Ren, Synthesis and characterization of boron carbide nanoparticles, Appl. Phys. A, 79, 1757-1759 (2004).

PRESENTATIONS

1. Shuo Chen, “Scanning transmission electron microscopy studies of highly active Pt-Co nanoparticles for proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, International Workshop on Materials Behavior at the Micro- and Nano- Scale, Jun. 8-11, 2010, Xi’an, Shaanxi, P. R. China (invited).

2. Shuo Chen, Hubert A. Gasteiger, Katsuichiro Hayakawa, Tomoyuki Tada, Yang Shao-Horn, “Platinum-cobalt cathode catalyst degradation in proton exchange membrane fuel cells: nano-scale transformations observed by high-resolution microscopy”, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2009, Boston, MA, USA (invited).

3. Shuo Chen, Hubert A. Gasteiger, Katsuichiro Hayakawa, Tomoyuki Tada, and Yang Shao-Horn, “Platinum-alloy cathode catalyst degradation in proton exchange membrane fuel cells: nanometer-scale compositional and morphological changes”, The 5th International Fuel Cell Workshop, Aug. 23 and 24, 2009, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan.

4. Shuo Chen, “Probing thermoelectric properties with in situ TEM”, Workshop on Mechanical Behaviors of Micro/Nano Materials, Dec. 30-31, 2008, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, P. R. China (invited).

5. Shuo Chen, J. Y. Huang, “In situ electron microscopy enabled by a TEM-SPM platform”, American Vacuum Society 55th International Symposium and Exhibition, Oct. 19-24, 2008, Boston, MA, USA (invited).

6. Shuo Chen, Paulo J. Ferreira, Larry Allard, Wenchao Sheng, Naoaki Yabuuchi, and Yang Shao-Horn, “Enhanced activity for oxygen reduction reaction on “Pt3Co” nanoparticles: Evidence of Pt skeleton and Pt segregation-sandwich structures at the nanoscale”, American Chemical Society Spring 2008 National Meeting, Apr. 6-10, 2008, New Orleans, LA, USA.

7. Shuo Chen, P. J. Ferreira, Larry Allard, N. Yabuuchi, and Y. Shao-Horn, “Surface segregation in “Pt3Co” nanoparticles”, Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting, Aug. 5-9, 2007, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

8. Shuo Chen, J. Y. Huang, S. H. Jo, Z. Q. Wang, D. X. Han, G. Chen, M. S. Dresselhaus, and Z. F. Ren, “Electrical conducting and breakdown behaviors of multiwall carbon nanotubes under different contact modes”, American Physical Society March Meeting, Mar. 13-17, 2006, Baltimore, MD, USA.

9. Shuo Chen, J. Y. Huang, S. H. Jo, Z. Q. Wang, K. Kempa, G. Chen, M.S. Dresselhaus, and Z. F. Ren “High-bias induced structure and electronic property changes in carbon nanotubes”, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2005, Boston, MA, USA.

10. Shuo Chen, B. Klotz, M. Koslowske, D. Z. Wang, J. Y. Huang, R. Dowding, and Z. F. Ren, “Property studies of plasma pressure compacted B4C-CNTs nanocomposites”, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2004, Boston, MA, USA.

11. Shuo Chen, D. Z. Wang, J. Y. Huang, and Z. F. Ren, “Synthesis and characterizations of uniformly sized boron carbide nanoparticles”, American Physical Society March Meeting, Mar. 22-26, 2004, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

12. Shuo Chen, D. Z. Wang, J. Y. Lao, J. Y. Huang, and Z. F. Ren “Functionalization of carbon nanotubes with boron carbide nanolumps”, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2003, Boston, MA, USA.

INVENTIONS

1. Gang Chen, Chris Dames, Shuo Chen, and Zhifeng Ren, “Hot-wire probe for electron microscopy”, (Invention disclosure form submitted to Boston College).

2. Z. F. Ren and Shuo Chen, “Synthesis of boron carbide nanoparticles”, U.S. Patent (pending).

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member of: American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Microscopy Society of America (MSA).
  • Reviewer for: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Heat Transfer, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Journal of the Electrochemical Society.