Dr. Xi Chen

Xi Chen is an Assistant Professor in nano initiative at the CUNY ASRC and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York since August 25th, 2016. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Biological Sciences at Columbia University working with Prof. Ozgur Sahin. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology after receiving his BS and MS degrees from Tsinghua University. His research of smart materials, nanotechnology, and energy harvesting has led to over 20 publications in leading scientific journals and conferences. In addition to its academic standing, his work has been featured in popular media as well, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and many others. He is also the recipient of numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and others.

Research Interests

Professor Chen develops the next generation of sensors, actuators, energy conversion and storage devices by using novel nanostructured and bio-inspired functional materials. His recent work on water-responsive materials and evaporation-driven engines opens up a new field in energy harvesting and provides opportunities towards solving current challenges in sustainable energy, energy storage, clean water, robotics, and medical technologies.

Publications

AuthorsTitleJournalYearVolumePages

A.H. Cavusoglu, X. Chen, P. Gentine, O. Sahin

Potential for natural evaporation as a reliable renewable energy resource

Nature Communications

2017

8

617

Xi Chen, Davis Goodnight, Zhenghan Gao, Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu , Nina Sabharwal, Michael Delay, Adam Driks and Ozgur Sahin

Scaling up nanoscale water-driven energy conversion into evaporation-driven engines and generators

Nature Communications

2015

6

7346

Xi Chen, L Mahadevan, Adam Driks and Ozgur Sahin

Bacillus spores as building blocks for stimuli-responsive materials and nanogenerators

Nature Nanotechnology

2014

9

137-141

Xi Chen, Anton Li, Nan Yao and Yong Shi

Adjustable stiffness of individual piezoelectric nanofibers by electron beam polarization

Applied Physics Letters

2011

99

193102

Xi Chen, Jinwei Li, Guitao Zhang and Yong Shi

PZT nano active fiber composites for acoustic emission detection

Advanced Materials

2011

23

3965–3969

Xi Chen, Shiyou Xu, Nan Yao and Yong Shi

1.6 Volt Nanogenerator for mechanical energy harvesting using PZT nanofibers

Nano Letters

2010

10

2133-2137

Job History

FromToTitleLocation

2012

2016

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University, NY

2007

2012

Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ

2005

2007

M.S. Precision Instruments in Mechanical Engineering

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2005

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Affiliation

CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

Phone Number

212.413.3386