Dr. Chen's research investigates the use of lasers and optics for fabricating micro and nano-devices and uses such devices for the development of therapeutical approaches for cardiovascular disease and nerve repair.
Dr. Chen's research focuses on developing advanced nano/micro-manufacturing processes and nano/micro-mechanical systems for biomedical and life sciences applications. Meantime, he investigates fundamental issues regarding near-field optics (e.g. plasmonics), thermal/fluid transport, and nanomechanics in these nano/micro-systems.
oThe goal of his research is to overcome the technical limitations of large scale conventional manufacturing processes, develop new processes and nano/micro-devices with good understanding of fundamental physics and chemistry, and to use these nano/micro-systems to advance health care. His research is highly interdisciplinary, involving laser physics, photonics, nano/micro-manufacturing, thermal/fluid transport, nanomaterials, and biomedical engineering on a small length scale and/or time scale.
Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Nanoengineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also a faculty member of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD. Before joining UCSD, Dr. Chen had been a Professor and a Pearlie D. Henderson Centennial Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Chen served as the Program Director for the Nanomanufacturing Program in the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he directed the frontiers of nanomanufacturing research at NSF and managed 150 active grants of the program.