1983 B.S. in Physical Chemistry, Xiamen University, China
1993 Ph.D. in Electrochemistry, Case Western Reserve University
Prof. Chen's research interests lie in the areas of electrochemistry, synthesis chemistry of transition-metal macrocycles and polymeric materials, surface characterizations, electrochemical devices, ceramics and nano-materials. Current research is focused on the development of non-Pt metal catalysts.
D. Godoi, M. Villullas, F. Zhu, Y. Jiang, S. Sun, J. Guo, L. Sun and R. Chen, “A comparative
investigation of metal-support interactions on the catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles for ethanol
oxidation in alkaline medium”, Journal of Power Sources, 311 (2016) 81-90.
L. Huang and R. Chen, “Precious metal-promoted Ni–Mg–Al–Fe–O catalyst for hydrogen
production with fast startup via catalytic partial oxidation of butanol”, International Journal of
Hydrogen Energy, 40 (2015) 1717-1725.
L. Huang, J. Zhou, A. Hsu, R. Chen, “Catalytic partial oxidation of n-butanol for hydrogen
production over LDH-derived Ni-based catalysts”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38,
L. Ma, H. He, A. Hsu and R. Chen, “PdRu/C catalysts for ethanol oxidation in anion-exchange
membrane direct ethanol fuel cells”, J. Power Sources, 241 (2013) 696-702.
J. Guo, J. Zhou, D. Chu and R. Chen, “Tuning the Electrochemical Interface of Ag/C Electrodes in
Alkaline Media with Metallophthalocyanine Molecules”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 117 (2013) 4006−4017.
J. Zhou, J. Guo, D. Chu and R. Chen, “Impacts of Anion-Exchange-Membranes with Various Ionic
Exchange Capacities on the Performance of H2/O2 Fuel Cells”, J. Power Sources, 219 (2012) 272-
H. He, Y. Lei, C. Xiao, D. Chu, R.Chen and G. Wang, “Molecular and Electronic Structures of
Transition Metal Macrocyclic Complexes as Related to Catalyzing Oxygen Reduction Reactions: A
Density Functional Theory Study”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (2012) 16038−16046.
J. Guo, H. He, D. Chu and R. Chen, “OH--Binding Effects on Metallophthalocyanine Catalysts for
the O2 Reduction Reaction in Anion-Exchange-Membrane Fuel Cells”, Electrocatalysis, 3 (2012)
L. Ma, A. Hsu, D. Chu and R. Chen, “Comparison of ethanol electro-oxidation on Pt/C and Pd/C
catalysts in alkaline media”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37 (2012) 11185–11194.J.
H. He, W. Niu, R. Chen, Y. Kim, “Rechargeable Lithium-Air Battery with Neutral Aqueous
Electrolyte”, Electrochimica Acta, 67 (2012) 87–94.
R. Chen and J. L. Ayres, US patent 6,803,151, “Improved Positive Electrode,” October, 2004.
R. Chen, S. Harrison and W. Kwok, US patent 6,755,874, “Plate Making Process for Lead Acid
Battery,” June, 2004.
R. Chen and W. Kwok, US patent 6,617,071, “Active Material for High Power and High Energy
Lead Acid Batteries and Method of Manufacturing,” September, 2003.
Received funded from National Science Foundation, US DOD, US Army Research Office, and US DOE; some recent grants are listed below.
“The Development of Multi-Functional Catalysts to Replace Pt for Fuel Oxidation Reactions in Low Temperature Fuel Cells Toward Environmentally Friendly Energy Production,” PI: Chen, Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF), Award Period: 1/1/2014-12/31/2016, Amount: $389,114
“Electricity from Bio-Ethanol Powered Fuel Cells”, P.I.: Chen, Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF), Award Period: 7/15/2013-6/14/2016, Amount: $600,000