Assistant Professor (Chemistry, MSE)
- Office 8 St. Mary’s, PHO 718
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 616-358-6188
Assistant Professor (Chemistry, MSE)
- Primary Appointment Chemistry
- Education B.A., University of Science & Technology of China, 1999
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005
Postdoctoral Associate, Texas A&M University, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2011
- Additional Affiliations Materials Science and Engineering
- Honors and Awards Stanford Graduate Fellow 2000-2004
Proctor & Gamble Scholarship 1999
- Areas of Interest Physical surface chemistry of soft materials.
- Research Areas Why don’t water and oil mix? Why does a protein always fold into a particular 3-dimensional structure? Why do people get electrically shocked in winter but not in summer? While seemingly unrelated, these phenomena are all governed by how molecules, particularly water molecules, behave on surfaces and interfaces.
Our laboratory, established in summer 2011 in the BU Photonics Center, aims to answer these and other surface chemistry questions on the molecular level. We are generally interested in understanding how molecules behave on soft and/or wet surfaces. The insights gained from studying those systems will impact the biological, materials, and environmental sciences. Our current investigations relate to these areas include:
Biophysics: adsorption of ions, osmolytes, peptides, and small-molecule drugs on surfaces of proteins and cell membranes.
Materials science: bio-fouling and frictional behaviors on surfaces of biomaterials and other soft materials (e.g., hydrogels, elastomeric polymers, and artificial tissues).
Environmental science: reactions on surfaces of aqueous electrolytic solutions (i.e. salty water, including sea surface, ice surface, aerosols, etc), and on surfaces of non-aqueous solutions with complex chemistry (e.g., crude oil).
On the technical side, we are developing and improving physical and analytical techniques that are uniquely suitable to study those soft and wet surfaces, including surface-specific ultrafast laser spectroscopy and microscopy.
Our research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, spanning many science and engineering fields, including (but not limited to) physical chemistry, surface science, biophysics, materials science, and biomedical engineering. Individuals interested in joining our group or simply knowing more about us and our research should contact Dr. Xin Chen directly.
- Siowling Soh, Xin Chen, Sarah J. Vella, Wonjae Choi, Jinlong Gong, George M. Whitesides, Layer-by-layer films for tunable and rewritable control of contact electrification Soft Matter , 9(43), 10233 (2013)
- Ramses V. Martinez, Carina R. Fish, Xin Chen, George M. Whitesides, Elastomeric Origami: Programmable Paper-Elastomer Composites as Pneumatic Actuators Adv Funct Mater , 22(7), 1376-1384 (2012)
- Sarah C. Flores, Jaibir Kherb, Nicole Konelick, Xin Chen, Paul S. Cremer, The Effects of Hofmeister Cations at Negatively Charged Hydrophilic Surfaces J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces , 116(9), 5730-5734 (2012)
- Filip Ilievski, Aaron D. Mazzeo, Robert F. Shepherd, Xin Chen, George M. Whitesides, Soft robotics for chemists Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 50(8), 1890-5 (2011)
- Wonjae Choi, Michinao Hashimoto, Audrey K. Ellerbee, Xin Chen, Kyle J. M. Bishop, Piotr Garstecki, Howard A. Stone, George M. Whitesides, Bubbles navigating through networks of microchannels Lab Chip, 11(23), 3970-8 (2011)
- Laura B. Sagle, Katherine Cimatu, Vladislav A. Litosh, Yi Liu, Sarah C. Flores, Xin Chen, Bin Yu, Paul S. Cremer, Methyl groups of trimethylamine N-oxide orient away from hydrophobic interfaces J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133(46), 18707-12 (2011)
- Robert F. Shepherd, Filip Ilievski, Wonjae Choi, Stephen A. Morin, Adam A. Stokes, Aaron D. Mazzeo, Xin Chen, Michael Wang, George M. Whitesides, Multigait soft robot Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108(51), 20400-3 (2011)
- Filip Ilievski, Aaron D. Mazzeo, Robert F. Shepherd, Xin Chen, George M. Whitesides, Titelbild: Soft Robotics for Chemists (Angew. Chem. 8/2011) Angew Chem Weinheim Bergstr Ger , 123(8), 1765-1765 (2011)
- Filip Ilievski, Aaron D. Mazzeo, Robert F. Shepherd, Xin Chen, George M. Whitesides, Cover Picture: Soft Robotics for Chemists (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 8/2011) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. , 50(8), 1727-1727 (2011)
- Yuhang Hu, Xin Chen, George M. Whitesides, Joost J. Vlassak, Zhigang Suo, Indentation of polydimethylsiloxane submerged in organic solvents J Mater Res , 26(06), 785-795 (2011)
- Xin Chen, David A. Walthall, John I. Brauman, Geometry dependence of the ring-opening E2 reaction in lactones J Phys Chem A, 114(3), 1392-7 (2010)
- Zhihong Nie, Christian A. Nijhuis, Jinlong Gong, Xin Chen, Alexander Kumachev, Andres W. Martinez, Max Narovlyansky, George M. Whitesides, Electrochemical sensing in paper-based microfluidic devices Lab Chip, 10(4), 477-83 (2010)
- Jinlong Gong, Darren J. Lipomi, Jiangdong Deng, Zhihong Nie, Xin Chen, Nicholas X. Randall, Rahul Nair, George M. Whitesides, Micro- and nanopatterning of inorganic and polymeric substrates by indentation lithography Nano Lett., 10(7), 2702-8 (2010)
- Xin Chen, Sarah C. Flores, Soon-Mi Lim, Yanjie Zhang, Tinglu Yang, Jaibir Kherb, Paul S. Cremer, Specific anion effects on water structure adjacent to protein monolayers Langmuir, 26(21), 16447-54 (2010)
- Sarah J. Vella, Xin Chen, Samuel W. Thomas III, Xuanhe Zhao, Zhigang Suo, George M. Whitesides, The Determination of the Location of Contact Electrification-Induced Discharge Events † J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces , 114(48), 20885-20895 (2010)
- Jixin Chen, Wei-Ssu Liao, Xin Chen, Tinglu Yang, Stacey E. Wark, Dong Hee Son, James D. Batteas, Paul S. Cremer, Evaporation-induced assembly of quantum dots into nanorings ACS Nano, 3(1), 173-80 (2009)
- Yubo Fan, Xin Chen, Lijiang Yang, Paul S. Cremer, Yi Qin Gao, On the structure of water at the aqueous/air interface J Phys Chem B, 113(34), 11672-9 (2009)
- Xin Chen, Colleen K. Regan, Stephen L. Craig, Elizabeth H. Krenske, K. N. Houk, William L. Jorgensen, John I. Brauman, Steric and solvation effects in ionic S(N)2 reactions J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(44), 16162-70 (2009)
- Wei-Ssu Liao, Xin Chen, Tinglu Yang, Edward T. Castellana, Jixin Chen, Paul S. Cremer, Benchtop chemistry for the rapid prototyping of label-free biosensors: Transmission localized surface plasmon resonance platforms Biointerphases, 4(4), 80-5 (2009)
- Laura B. Sagle, Yanjie Zhang, Vladislav A. Litosh, Xin Chen, Younhee Cho, Paul S. Cremer, Investigating the hydrogen-bonding model of urea denaturation J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(26), 9304-10 (2009)