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


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 46 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 aims at advancing current and emerging energy technologies for transport systems and other applications, for example, fuel cells, batteries, and automobile exhaust abatement. The focus is on the functional materials that are used in these systems with an emphasis in the materials structure/performance relationship.

  • Energy and materials, sustainability, emissions control
  • Hydrogen production, steam reforming, adsorptive desulfurization
  • Catalysis, electrocatalysts, fuel cells
  • Energy storage, lithium-sulfur batteries, carbon materials
  • Materials characterization, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy

Teaching by Years


  • 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

  • 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.
  • B. N. Wanjala, B. Fang, S. Shan, V. Petkov, P. Zhu, R. Loukrakpam, Y. Chen, J. Luo, J. Yin, L. Yang, M. Shao, C.-J. Zhong, Design of ternary nanoalloy catalysts: Effect of nanoscale alloying and structural perfection on electrocatalytic enhancement, Chem. Mater., 24 (22) 2012, 4283-4293.
  • L. Yang, S. Shan, R. Loukrakpam, V. Petkov, Y. Ren, B. N. Wanjala, M. H. Engelhard, J. Luo, J. Yin, Y. Chen, C.-J. Zhong, Role of support-nanoalloy interactions in the atomic-scale structural and chemical ordering for tuning catalytic sites, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (36) 2012, 15048-15060.
  • C. Xie, Y. Chen, M. H. Engelhard, and Chunshan Song, Comparative study on the sulfur tolerance and carbon resistance of supported noble metal catalysts in steam reforming of liquid hydrocarbon fuel, ACS Catal., 2 2012, 1127-1137.
  • B. N. Wanjala, B. Fang, R. Loukrakpam, Y. Chen, M. Engelhard, J. Luo, J. Yin, L. Yang, S. Shan, and C.-J. Zhong. Role of metal coordination structures in enhancement of electrocatalytic activity of ternary nanoalloys for oxygen reduction reaction, ACS Catal., 2 (5) 2012, 795-806.
  • Q. Zhou, Z. Zhao, Y. Chen, H. Hu, J. Qiu, Low temperature plasma-mediated synthesis of graphene nanosheets for supercapacitor electrodes, J. Mater. Chem., 22 (13) 2012, 6061-6066.
  • J. Liu, L. Yu, Z. Zhao, Y. Chen, P. Zhu, C. Wang, Y. Luo, C. Xu, A. Duan, G. Jiang, Potassium-modified molybdenum-containing SBA-15 catalysts for highly efficient production of acetaldehyde and ethylene by the selective oxidation of ethane, J. Catal., 285 (1) 2012, 134-144.

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.