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School/Department:School of Resource and Environmental Sciences

Chaoji Chen



Education Level:With Certificate of Graduation for Doctorate Study

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Chaoji Chen, Professor of School of Resource and Environmental Sciences at Wuhan University. Dr. Chen focuses on the engineering, functionalization and potential sustainable uses of biomass resources such as wood, bamboo, cellulose and chitin, toward addressing the material-energy-environmental challenges. As the first, co-first or corresponding author, Dr. Chen has published more than 80 SCI articles, including Nature (2), ScienceNature Reviews Materials, Nature Sustainability (2), Nature Communications (4), Science Advances, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials (10), Joule, Chem, Matter (3), Energy & Environmental Science (3), among others. Dr. Chen has made several breakthroughs in the field of wood nanotechnology toward sustainability, including super wood that is as strong as steel but six-times lighter to replace steel, moldable wood that can be hydrosetted into complex-shaped structures, patternable transparent aesthetic wood, wood batteries and supercapacitors for green energy storage, wood solar evaporators for clean water, wood speaker, rubber-like elastic wood, and biodegradable lignocellulosic bioplastics. His works have been widely cited by global researchers for over 18,000 times with an H-factor of 76 (google scholar), with 31 as ESI Highly Cited Paper, and broadly covered by Nature, Science, MIT Technology Review, VOA, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Scientific American, The Sun, Xinhua Net, The Indian Express, among others. Recently, he was featured in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2021, 2022 List (Materials Science) and the World's Top 2% Scientists 2020/2021/2022 Lists and Career-Long List from 1960-2021 identified by Stanford University. Chen received multiple awards including MIT Technology Review "35 Innovators Under 35" Asia Pacific Award, China's Rising Star of Science and Technology Outstanding Impact Award, R&D100 Awards, Invention of the Year of UMD in Physical Science, 100 Most Influential International Articles of China. He serves as the editorial board member or youth editorial board member of several journals including The Innovation, SusMat, Environmental Science & Ecotechnology, Batteries, Molecules, and the advisory board member of the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN).

For more information please visit our group websites:WUHAN UNIVERSITY | X-BIOMASS LAB (  ;    武汉大学|生物质工程与可持续利用实验室 (

We are hiring 2 postdocs, interested candidates please contact Dr. Chen via