De Chen

Department of Checmail Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Tentative title
He is a professor in catalysis at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2001 (associate professor 1998–2001). He earned his MSc in chemical reaction engineering at the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, in 1988, and his PhD in industrial catalysis at NTNU, Norway, in 1998. He was a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley (2009–2010) and East China University of Science and Technology (2017–2018).  

Chen is known for his research by a multiscale approach at the interface between catalysis science and industrial chemical processes. During his entire career, Professor De Chen has made significant contributions to catalyst rational design, natural gas catalytic conversion, new research methods for redox reaction cycles in industrial catalytic processes. Different from the traditional "trial and error" method, he has been working hard to effectively combine the first-principles calculation, experimental studies such as advanced catalyst synthesis and characterization, operando kinetic study and kinetic, reactor and process modeling and simulation together to solve the key problems in chemical process and new energy technologies. His work on combined theoretic and experimental heterogeneous catalysis has in several instances led to the development of new ideas for catalysts for gas to liquids, monomer production for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), biomass to liquids, natural gas to olefins, hydrogen production and fuels, as well as materials for CO2 capture technologies and energy storages.  

He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Science and Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is also a member of the leader group at the SFI center of industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation (iCSI), and FME center of biomass for fuels (Bio4Fuels). He well-published more than 360 scientific papers in pre-reviewed journals and more than 10 patents.

Selected publications
  • X. Wang, H. Zhou, E. Sheridan, J.C. Walmsley, D. Ren, D. Chen, Geometrically confined favourable ion packing for high gravimetric capacitance in carbon-ionic liquid supercapacitors, Energy & Environmental Science, 9 (2016) 232-239.
  • F. Huang, D. Chen, Towards the upper bound of electrochemical performance of ACNT@polyaniline arrays as supercapacitors, Energy & Environmental Science, 5 (2012) 5833–5841. 
  • Shan, Y.;  Sui, Z.;  Zhu, Y.;  Zhou, J.;  Zhou, X.; Chen, D., Boosting Size-Selective Hydrogen Combustion in the Presence of Propene Using Controllable Metal Clusters Encapsulated in Zeolite. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57 (31), 9770–9774.
  • Fermoso, J.;  Rubiera, F.; Chen, D., Sorption enhanced catalytic steam gasification process: a direct route from lignocellulosic biomass to high purity hydrogen. Energy & Environmental Science 2012, 5 (4), 6358–6367.
  • Chen, W.;  Ji, J.;  Feng, X.;  Duan, X.;  Qian, G.;  Li, P.;  Zhou, X.;  Chen, D.; Yuan, W., Mechanistic Insight into Size-Dependent Activity and Durability in Pt/CNT Catalyzed Hydrolytic Dehydrogenation of Ammonia Borane. J Am Chem Soc 2014, 136 (48), 16736–16739.
  • Wang, X.;  Mehandzhiyski, A. Y.;  Arstad, B.;  Van Aken, K. L.;  Mathis, T. S.;  Gallegos, A.;  Tian, Z.;  Ren, D.;  Sheridan, E.;  Grimes, B. A.;  Jiang, D.-e.;  Wu, J.;  Gogotsi, Y.; Chen, D., Selective Charging Behavior in an Ionic Mixture Electrolyte-Supercapacitor System for Higher Energy and Power. J Am Chem Soc 2017, 139 (51), 18681–18687.
  • Chang, H.;  Bjørgum, E.;  Mihai, O.;  Yang, J.;  Lein, H. L.;  Grande, T.;  Raaen, S.;  Zhu, Y.-A.;  Holmen, A.; Chen, D., Effects of Oxygen Mobility in La–Fe-Based Perovskites on the Catalytic Activity and Selectivity of Methane Oxidation. ACS Catalysis 2020, 10 (6), 3707–3719. 
  • Feng, X.;  Sheng, N.;  Liu, Y.;  Chen, X.;  Chen, D.;  Yang, C.; Zhou, X., Simultaneously Enhanced Stability and Selectivity for Propene Epoxidation with H2 and O2 on Au Catalysts Supported on Nano-Crystalline Mesoporous TS-1. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7 (4), 2668–2675. 
  • Rout, K. R.;  Fenes, E.;  Baidoo, M. F.;  Abdollahi, R.;  Fuglerud, T.; Chen, D., Highly Active and Stable CeO2-Promoted CuCl2/Al2O3 Oxychlorination Catalysts Developed by Rational Design Using a Rate Diagram of the Catalytic Cycle. ACS Catalysis 2016, 6 (10), 7030–7039.
  • Ledesma, C.;  Yang, J.;  Blekkan, E. A.;  Holmen, A.; Chen, D., Carbon Number Dependence of Reaction Mechanism and Kinetics in CO Hydrogenation on a Co-Based Catalyst. ACS Catalysis 2016, 6 (10), 6674–6686.