Aicheng Chen

Prof A. Chen
Email: 
aicheng@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext. 54764/52967
Office: 
MACN 136A
Lab: 
MACN 132/135/136

Education and Employment Background

  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electrochemistry and Nanoscience, University of Guelph (2018 - )
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph (2017 – )
  • Director of the Electrochemical Technology Centre (2017 - )
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lakehead University (2010 – 2017)
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Lakehead University (2016 – 2017)
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Lakehead University (2006 – 2016)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lakehead University (2005 – 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lakehead University (2002 – 2005)
  • Electrochemical Specialist, FINNCHEM Canada Inc. (2000 – 2002)
  • Research Scientist, Huron Tech Canada Inc. (1998 – 2000)
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Guelph (1998)

Research Themes

Prof. Chen's research interests span the areas of Electrochemistry, Photoelectrochemistry, Green Chemistry, Materials Science and Nanoscience. Electrochemical technologies are extensively used in metal production, fuel cell development, energy storage, corrosion protection, water purification, wastewater treatment, and environmental analysis. Our research program not only addresses fundamental issues relating to the structures and reactivity of electrochemical interfaces, but is also dedicated to the development of nanomaterials based electrochemical technologies for advanced energy, environmental, food, and medical applications.

Chen research laboratory is well equipped with advanced instruments including atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electrochemical microscopy, total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer, TGA/DSC analyzer, BET surface area analyzer, several electrochemical workstations, pure water system, and facilities for the synthesis of nanomaterials. In addition, we have access to a wide range of analytical equipment located at the Electrochemical Technology Centre (ETC)the Nanoscience Facility, and the Advanced Analysis Centre.

Highlights

  • Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK
  • Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM)
  • Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE)
  • NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group member for Chemistry (2017 - 2020)
  • Editor, Electrochimica Acta (2016 - )
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Chemistry (2013 - )

Research Opportunities

Highly qualified candidates for summer research, honours thesis, graduate studies and postdoctoral research are welcome to send your resume to Professor Chen by email.

The Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC2) is a joint graduate program offered by the Departments of Chemistry at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. To apply for the MSc/PhD program, please visit GWC2.

There are a number of scholarships and awards available at the University of Guelph for Canadian and international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For details, please visit:

List of Awards/Scholarships for Graduate Students at the University of Guelph

List of Awards/Scholarships Specific to Graduate Students at the College of Engineering and Physical Science

Scholarships and Awards Administrative Guidelines.

We thank all applicants for your interests in advance; only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Group News

  • E. Boateng was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2021).
  • E. Boateng was awarded the David Holden Memorial Scholarship of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC2) (2021).
  • E. Boateng won a poster award at the GWC2 annual meeting (2021).
  • J. van der Zalm received the Chemistry Laboratory Instructor Award (2021).
  • D. Sridhar was awarded a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021).
  • F. Pakravan received the Chemistry Laboratory Instructor Award (2020)
  • J. van der Zalm was awarded the David Holden Memorial Scholarship of the GWC2 (2020).
  • A. R. Thiruppathi has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Fellowship (2019).
  • E. Boateng was awarded the Graduate Tuition Scholarship (2020-2023).
  • J. van der Zalm was awarded the Graduate Tuition Scholarship (2020)
  • S. Chen was awarded the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020).
  • A. R. Thiruppathi was awarded an Ontario Graduate Fellowship (2019).
  • S. Durairaj won the 1st Place Poster Presentation Award at the 16th Guelph Food Safety Annual Symposium (2019).
  • J. Cirone won the 1st award at the 2nd poster Annual ECS Guelph Young Researcher Symposium (2019).
  • J. Dondapati won the 3rd poster award at the 2nd Annual ECS Guelph Young Researcher Symposium (2019).
  • D. Siltamaki won the 3rd poster award at the 2nd Annual ECS Guelph Young Researcher Symposium (2019).
  • J. Cirone was awarded the David Holden Memorial Scholarship of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2019).
  • J. Cirone won the Graduate Seminar Prize - Guelph Campus (2019).
  • A. R. Thiruppathi was awarded the Graduate Student Excellence Award - Guelph Campus (2019).
  • S. Chen has been awarded the Richard J. Kokes Travel Award from the North American Catalysis Society (2019).
  • M. Salverda has received an NSERC Summer Research Award (2019).
  • J. Cirone won a poster award at the 9th Annual Nano Ontario Conference, Ottawa, November 22 – 23, 2018.
  • S. Chen is the winner of the 2018 Electrochemical Society Canadian Section Student Award.
  • X. Chang has been awarded the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and joined Oxford University as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • S. Chen has been selected as one of the two Student Speakers in the Emerging Materials Researchers Symposium of the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Edmonton, AB, May 27-31, 2018
  • S. Chen was awarded the David Holden Memorial Scholarship of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2018). vM. N. Hossain was awarded the Graduate Studies Research Excellence Award of Lakehead University (2018).
  • M. N. Hossain was awarded the Graduate Studies Research Excellence Award of Lakehead University (2018).
  • D. Siltamaki was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017).
  • B.-R. Adhikari won the TransMedTech Fellowship supported by the Quebec research fund (2017).
  • S. Chen has been awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral Program Award (2016 – 2019).
  • V. S. Manikandan was awarded the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (2015 – 2019)
  • M. Amiri was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016 – 2017).
  • B.-R. Adhikari won the Graduate Student Award in Honour of Douglas E. Ryan sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2016).
  • B.-R. Adhikari was awarded the High Output and Publication Excellence (HOPE) Award by Lakehead University (2016)
  • X. Chang was awarded the Graduate Student Innovation Award of Lakehead University (2016).
  • B.-R. Adhikari received the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral Program Award (2015 – 2017).
  • X. Chang was awarded the High Output and Publication Excellence (HOPE) Award of Lakehead University (2015).
  • B. Mao has received an NSERC Summer Research Award (2015, 2016 and 2017).
  • M. N. Hossain was awarded the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (2014 – 2018).
  • S. Konda was awarded the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (2013 – 2017).

Awards and Distinctions

  • R.C. Jacobsen Award of the Electrochemical Society Canada Section (2020)
  • Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM) (2020)
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electrochemistry and Nanoscience (2018)
  • Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC) (2017)
  • W.A.E. McBryde Medal, the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2016)
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials & Environmental Chemistry (2016)
  • RBC Innovation Award - Innovative Hero of the Year (2015)
  • Lakehead University Building Research Capacity Award (2015)
  • Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE) (2014)
  • Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award of the Catalysis Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2013)
  • Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Award (2012)
  • Keith Laidler Award, the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2012)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK (2011)
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) Award (2010)
  • Lakehead University Innovation Award (2010)
  • Lash Miller Award, The Canadian Section of The Electrochemical Society (2009)
  • Fred Beamish Award, the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2009)
  • Canadian National Committee – IUPAC Travel Award (2008)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2006)
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Materials & Environmental Chemistry (2006-2016)
  • Young Chemist Program Award, the 40th IUPAC Congress (2005)
  • Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2003)