On November 28th, Chinese Academy of Sciences announced its biennial additional membership. Prof. Chen Jun becomes the youngest member among the newly co-opted academicians of the division in chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences this year.
Chen Jun, an inorganic chemist, has been a professor and doctoral supervisor of Nankai University since 2002. Currently, he serves as Dean of the Nankai University’s College of Chemistry and Director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry under Ministry Education.
Prof. Chen Jun is mainly engaged in inorganic solid chemistry. He has made important and innovative contributions to the synthesis chemistry of inorganic solid functional materials, preparation of solid electrodes and the development of new battery electrode materials. He proposed a new synthesis method of "room temperature - oxidation-reduction reaction- crystal transformation", by which stabilized conductive nano spinel was synthesized at room temperature. The achievement can be applied to rechargeable lithium metal and zinc-air batteries, which replaces the noble metal platinum electrode. Prof. Chen Jun proposed that the micro-nano of electrode can improve the reactivity and the structural stability of the multi-electron electrode and made the micro-nano multilevel electrode of the rechargeable batteries made of lithium, sodium and magnesium through a large number of experiments. It improves the safety of the battery and provides a new idea for cutting the cost of electrode material and avoiding the battery combustion and explosion. The research and development of porous spinel and layered electrode materials have been brought into application.
Up to now, Prof. Chen Jun has issued 290 articles in SCI, including 5 articles in Nature and the series of Science, 16 articles in Angew. Chem, 10 articles in J. Am. Chem. Soc and 17 articles in Adv. Mater. His works have been cited for 21000 times with the highest quotation record of 1130 times in a single article. He has written review articles for Acc. Chem. Res. in 2009 and for Chem. Rev. in 2017. He was also granted 16 patents, among which the porous spinel and layered electrode material have been adopted in production and delivered economic benefits.
Prof. Chen Jun has won many awards and honorary titles. He hosted the project “Hydrogen, Lithium, and Magnesium Preservation of Several Inorganic Materials and Research on the Battery Performance” and won the second prize of China’s Natural Science Award (2011). His research achievements “Clean Energy Materials and High-energy Chemical Power” and “Micro-nano Structure and Electrochemical Energy Devices” won the first prizes of Tianjin’s Natural Science Award in 2006 and 2016. In 2002, he received the title of “ Cross Century Talents Foundation” under the Ministry of Education. In 2003, he won the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. In 2005, he was selected as the Distinguished Professor of “Yangtze Scholar Program” under the Ministry of Education. In 2009, he won the first prize of National Teaching Achievement Prize. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Award of Contribution for China’s Electrochemistry and was nominated for Baogang Outstanding Teacher Special Award. In 2014, he entered the list of “10,000 Leading Talents in Scientific and Technological Innovation” under the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC. In 2011 and 2017, he took charge of National Nano-technology Key Research and Development Program as chief scientist.
Prof. Chen Jun is a member of China Chemistry Society, Director of Chinese Society of Electrochemistry, President of Tianjin Chemistry Society, Vice Director of China Association for Hydrogen Energy, Vice Director of Stored Energy Specialized Working Committee of China Instrument and Control Society, and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He also serves as the vice editor for Inorg. Chem. Front., Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry, the international counselor and editorial board member of Solid State Sciences, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., ACS Energy Lett., J. Energy Chem., Nano Research, and Science China: Materials as well as editorial board member of periodicals including Acta Chimica Sinica, Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica, J. Electrochemistry, Chinese Journal of Power Sources, etc.
Reported by Ma Chao
Photographed by Lai Hongjie
Translated by Shi Yuchen
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