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Zhongwei Chen


Zhongwei Chen

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Dr Chen was the first to propose, study, and demonstrate that supportless platinum nanotubes can improve durability, activity, catalyst utilization, thus reducing the use of platinum and the cost of fuel cells.

Dr Zhongwei Chen’s research focuses on using nanomaterials to advance technologies important to alternative energy and environment needs. In addition to his role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr Chen is responsible for the Applied Nanomaterials and Clean Energy Laboratory at the University of Waterloo.

Dr Chen is an inventor and holds several granted patents and pending patents. One patent is licensed to a startup company called “Full Cycle Energy” based in California. Dr Chen’s catalyst work focuses on 1-D nanostructures including carbon nanotubes, platinum nanotubes and nanowires, and conductive polymer nanotubes. Dr Chen was the first to propose, study, and demonstrate that in-situ polymer-zeolite nanocomposite membranes to improve fuel cell operating temperature and reduce methanol crossover. Recently he developed a new class of non-precious metal catalysts that could eliminate the need for precious metals (platinum, palladium, gold, silver, etc.), thus reducing the cost of fuel cells dramatically.


  • PhD, University of California – Riverside

  • MSChE, East China University of Science and Technology, China

  • BS, Nanjing University of Technology, China

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