The second of the five new researchers joining York Science is Jennifer Chen. Her research focuses on exploring optically active nanostructures for sensing and optoelectronic applications. She joins the Department of Chemistry following a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. “I’m excited to be part of the York community. My research relies on an interdisciplinary approach,” says Chen, and I believe York’s collaborative environment will enhance my research to lead to societal impacts.”
Her research has demonstrated a unique sensing platform for detecting analytes in complex media using nanotechnology, specifically actuatable plasmonic nanoparticle dimers. She has also made important contributions to the field of optically enhanced photocatalysis and photovoltaics. As director of the Chen Research Group at York, she will build on her expertise and work on developing optical sensing systems for security, biomedical and environmental applications, and using inorganic nanomaterials for solar energy conversion.