Professor CHEN, Yongsheng

Associate Professor
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 304 , William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 8475
(852) 2603 6002
Energy and Catalysis Laboratory


Yongsheng CHEN received his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1994, MS in Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1997, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 2003. Dr. Chen spent 2003-2007 as a postdoctoral associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, USA, followed by a stint as a research associate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. In 2007-2014 Dr. Chen was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, and he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Chen has published 53 papers in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous presentations at national and international conferences. He was Treasurer of the ACS Fuel Chemistry (later Energy and Fuels) Division for three years and organized 3 American Chemical Society (ACS) symposia in hydrogen production, storage and utilization.


Dr. Chen's research group develops functional materials for energy and environmental applications. Equally emphasized is the fundamental understanding of the materials structure/performance relationship.

  • Hydrogen production, dry (CO2) reforming, steam reforming
  • Solid oxide fuel cells, sulfur tolerant anode materials
  • Emissions control, selective catalytic reduction (SCR), CO oxidation
  • Heat and mass transfer simulation in catalytic reactions
  • Materials characterization, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy

Teaching by Years


  • ENGG2020 Renewable Energy Technologies
  • ESSC2800 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • GECC4130 Senior Seminar (for Chung Chi College)

  • ENGG2020 Renewable Energy Technologies
  • ENER2010 Energy Technologies for the Environment

  • ENER2010 Energy Technologies for the Environment
  • ENGG1410 Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus for Engineers

Honors & Awards

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, US Department of Defense, 2010
  • Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Faculty Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, 2007-2010
  • R.A. Glenn Award, Division of Fuel Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2005
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2005, 2006

Journal Papers (in the recent five years)

  • J. Ren, A.C. Lee, K. Cheng, M. Li, Y. Chen, Measure the unmeasurable by IR spectroscopy: carbon deposition kinetics in dry reforming of methane. ChemPhysChem, 2018, in press, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201800137.
  • K. Cheng, B. Liu, W. Song, J. Liu, Y. Chen, Z. Zhao, Y. Wei, Effect of Nb Promoter on the structure and performance of iron titanate catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2018, in press, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b01441.
  • C. Gong, Z. Shi, Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, J. Hu, J. Gou, M. Qin, F. Gao, Fabrication and thermoelectric properties of Ca-Co-O ceramics with negative Seebeck coefficient, Results Phys., 9 2018, 1233-1238.
  • C. Gong, G. Dong, J. Hu, Y. Chen, M. Qin, S. Yang, F. Gao, Effect of reducing annealing on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of LaBi co-doped SrTiO3 ceramics, J. Mater. Sci.: Mater. Electron. 28 2017, 14893-14900.
  • Y. Huang, Z. Xu, J. Mai, T.-K. Lau, X. Lu, Y.-J. Hsu, Y. Chen, A. C. Lee, Y. Hou, Y. S. Meng, Q. Li, Revisiting the origin of cycling enhanced capacity of Fe3O4 based nanostructured electrode for lithium ion batteries, Nano Energy, 41 2017, 426-433.
  • J. Deng, J. Liu, W. Song, Z. Zhao, L. Zhao, A. C. Lee, Y. Chen, J. Liu, Selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over Mo-Fe/Beta catalysts: the effect of Mo loading amounts, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 7130 -39.
  • J. Liu, Y. Du, J. Liu, Z. Zhao, Y. Chen, Y. Wei, W. Song, X. Zhang, Design of MoFe/Beta@CeO2 catalysts with a core-shell structure and their catalytic performances for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 203 2017, 704-714.
  • Y. Zuo, M. Liu, T. Zhang, L. Hong, X. Guo, C. Song, Y. Chen, P. Zhu, C. Jaye and D. Fischer, Role of pentahedrally coordinated titanium in titanium silicalite-1 in propene epoxidation, RSC Adv., 5 2015, 17897-17904.
  • J. Li, J. Liu, L. Ren, Q. Liu, Z. Zhao, Y. Chen, P. Zhu, Y. Wei, A. Duan, G. Jiang, Selective oxidation of ethane to aldehydes over SBA-15 supported molybdenum catalyst, J. Energy Chem., 23 (5) 2014, 609-616.
  • B. Meng, Z. Zhao, Y. Chen, X. Wang, Y. Li, J. Qiu, Low-temperature synthesis of Mn-based mixed metal oxides with novel fluffy structures as efficient catalysts for selective reduction of nitrogen oxides by ammonia, Chem. Commun., 50 2014, 12396-12399.
  • P. Zhu, J. Song, D. Lv, D. Wang, C. Jaye, D. A Fischer, T. Wu, and Y. Chen, Mechanism of enhanced carbon cathode performance by nitrogen doping in lithium-sulfur battery - an x-ray absorption spectroscopic study, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118 (15) 2014, 7765-7771.
  • J. Song, T. Xu, M.L. Gordin, P. Zhu, D. Lv, Y.-B. Jiang, Y. Chen, Y. Duan, D. Wang, Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon promoted chemical adsorption of sulfur and fabrication of high-areal-capacity sulfur cathode with exceptional cycling stability for lithium-sulfur batteries, Adv. Funct. Mater., 24 (9) 2014, 1243-1250.
  • W. Partenheimer, J.L. Fulton, C.M. Sorensen, V.-T. Pham, Y. Chen, The aerobic oxidation of bromide to dibromine catalyzed by homogeneous oxidation catalysts and initiated by nitrate in acetic acid, J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 387 2014, 130-137.
  • J. Xiao, X. Wang, Y. Chen, M. Fujii, and C. Song, Ultra-deep adsorptive desulfurization of light-irradiated diesel fuel over supported TiO2-CeO2 adsorbents, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52 (45) 2013, 15746-15755.
  • J. Xiao, Z. Liu, K. Kim, Y. Chen, J. Yan, Z. Li, and W. Wang, S/O-functionalities on modified carbon materials governing adsorption of water vapor, J. Phys. Chem. C, 117 (44) 2013, 23057-23065.
  • J. Xiao, S. Sitamraju, Y. Chen, M. Janik, and C. Song, Air-promoted adsorptive desulfurization (ADS) over Ti0.9Ce0.1O2 mixed oxides from diesel fuel under ambient conditions, ChemCatChem, 5 (12) 2013, 3582-3586.
  • J. Wang, A. Lu, M. Li, W. Zhang, Y. Chen, D. Tian, and W. Li, Thin porous alumina sheets as supports for stabilizing gold nanoparticles, ACS Nano, 7 (6) 2013, 4902-4910.

Conference Papers

  • L. Yang, S. Shan, R. Loukrakpam, Y. Ren, B. N. Wanjala, J. Luo, J. Yin, M. Engelhard, Y. Chen, V. Petkov, C.-J. Zhong, "Platinum-containing ternary nanoalloy catalysts for CO oxidation", 243rd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 19-23, 2012.
  • C.-J. Zhong, R. Loukrakpam, J. Yin, L. Yang, S. Shan, L. Lin, J. Luo, M. Engelhard, Y. Chen, V. Petkov, "Synthesis and processing of binary and ternary nanocatalysts: New insights into the nanoalloy structures", 243rd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 19-23, 2012.
  • J. Luo, R. Loukrakpam, B. N. Wanjala, B. Fang, J. Kinzler, Y.-S. Kim, J. Yin, Y. Chen, M. Engelhard, V. Petkov, Y. Liu, K. K. Luo, C.-J. Zhong, "Structural correlation of electrocatalytic properties of nanoengineered ternary alloy catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction", 243rd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 19-23, 2012.
  • C. Xie, Y. Chen, C. Song. "Effects of Rh addition on steam reforming of liquid hydrocarbons for H2 production over Ni/Al2O3 and its structural/surface properties", 244th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012.
  • C. Song, J. J. Strohm, J. Zheng, C. Xie, Y. Li, X. Wang, Y. Chen, J. Guo, M. Janik. "Improving sulfur tolerance and carbon resistance of bimetallic catalysts for steam reforming of hydrocarbon fuels for fuel cells", 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012.