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Lin X. Chen

Senior Chemist (Physical Chemist)

Senior Chemist (Solar Energy Conversion Group) & Professor of Chemistry (Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University)


Lin X. Chen is a Senior Chemist in Chemical Science and Engineering Division (Solar Energy Conversion Group), and a Professor of Chemistry Northwestern University (Chemistry Department).  She received her B.Sc. from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  After her postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley, she joined Chemistry Division in Argonne as an assistant chemist in 1989.  Since 2007, she has been a Professor of Chemistry in Northwestern University.  Her research interests in both institutions are focused on: 1) photoexcited state molecular structural dynamics in solar energy conversion systems; 2) fundamental electronic processes (e.g., exciton splitting/diffusion, triplet fission, nonlinear optics) in organic materials for photovoltaic device applications; 3) roles of ultrafast and coherent electronic and atomic motions in transition metal complexes and nanoparticles in photochemical reactions, and 4) functional structural dynamics of metalloproteins on multiple spatial and temporal scales.

She has >210 peer-reviewed publications, >190 invited lectures, and has won the Distinguished Performance Award at Argonne in 2002. She was elected as an AAAS Fellow in 2012 and held memberships in the Research Council for the Division of Chemical, Biological and Geological Sciences, Basic Energy Science, US Department of Energy, the Advisory Editorial Board of Chemical Physics Letters, the International Science Advisory Committee for π-Functional Materials, and Program Committee for Ultrafast Phenomena.Since 2016, she has been a Senior Edit for ACS Energy Letters.