• UWM Distinguished Professor,
  • UW System Regent Scholar
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director of NSF Water Equipment and Policy I/UCRC


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211, USA



Junhong Chen

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Junhong Chen is currently a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and engineering and Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  He is also the Director of NSF I/UCRC on Water Equipment & Policy and the founder of NanoAffix Science LLC.  Dr. Chen received his B.E. degree (in Thermal Engineering) in 1995 from Tongji University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (both in Mechanical Engineering) in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from University of Minnesota.  Prior to joining UWM in 2003, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.  He was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2008 and 2011, respectively.


His current research focuses on nanocarbon-based hybrid nanomaterials for sustainable energy and environment.  In particular, he has been developing a graphene-based sensing platform for real-time and low-cost detection of a wide range of chemical and biological species in water (e.g., heavy metals, bacteria, emerging contaminants, and nutrients).  Dr. Chen has published nearly 200 journal papers on various nanomaterials, sensors, and energy devices.  His papers have been widely cited with an annual citation over 1,800 times in 2015.  Dr. Chen’s research has led to 5 issued patents, 6 pending patents, and 9 licensing agreementsHe is a pioneer in technology commercialization through exemplary industrial partnership and the university start-up company.  His research excellence was recognized by the 2008 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award, the 2012 UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Research Excellence Award, the 2014 UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Research Award, an elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2013, the 2015 Inaugural Regent Scholar of UW System, and the 2016 International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Medal.  His start-up company NanoAffix is a recipient of the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Award.