Dongchang Chen

Assistant Professor

Photo: Dongchang Chen
Clark Hall 212B
Lab Website

Research Area/s:

Electronic and Photonic Materials,  Inorganic Chemistry


  • B.S. Chemical Physics, 2011, University of Science and Technology of China.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, 2017-2020, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 


Our goal is to advance research and education in the field of materials chemistry for energy storage & conversion applications. Driven by such a motivation, we are using a combination of thorough electrochemical analyses and various advanced spectroscopic methods to unambiguously decipher our interested energy storage processes via different perspectives. The obtained knowledge will serve as the clues and signposts for the roadmap to discover low-cost, green, and high-performance energy storage/conversion materials. Such a research protocol will be applied to multiple thrusts of advanced energy storage/conversion technologies.

Honors & Awards

  • UNM Research Allocations Committee (RAC) Award.
  • UNM WeR1: Investing in Faculty Success Program Award.
  • Charles Hatchett Award. Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK

Selected Publications

  1. Chen, D.; Ahn, J.; Self, E.; Nanda, J.; Chen, G., Understanding cation-disordered rocksalt oxyfluoride cathodes. J. Mater. Chem. A 2021, 9 (12), 7826-7837.
  2. Chen, D.; Ahn, J.; Chen, G., An Overview of Cation-Disordered Lithium-Excess Rocksalt Cathodes. ACS Energy Letters 2021, 6 (4), 1358-1376.
  3. Chen, D.; Wu, J.; Papp, J. K.; McCloskey, B. D.; Yang, W.; Chen, G., Role of Redox-Inactive Transition-Metals in the Behavior of Cation-Disordered Rocksalt Cathodes. Small 2020, 16 (22), 2000656.
  4. Chen, D.; Mahmoud, M. A.; Wang, J.-H.; Waller, G. H.; Zhao, B.; Qu, C.; El-Sayed, M. A.; Liu, M., Operando Investigation into Dynamic Evolution of Cathode–Electrolyte Interfaces in a Li-Ion Battery. Nano Lett. 2019, 19 (3), 2037-2043.
  5. Chen, D.; Kan, W. H.; Chen, G., Understanding Performance Degradation in Cation-Disordered Rock-Salt Oxide Cathodes. Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 9 (31), 1901255.
  6. Chen, D.; Wang, J.-H.; Chou, T.-F.; Zhao, B.; El-Sayed, M. A.; Liu, M., Unraveling the nature of anomalously fast energy storage in T-Nb2O5. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139 (20), 7071-7081.
  7. Chen, D.; Xiong, X.; Zhao, B.; Mahmoud, M. A.; El-Sayed, M. A.; Liu, M., Probing Structural Evolution and Charge Storage Mechanism of NiO2HxElectrode Materials using In Operando Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. Advanced Science 2016, 3 (6), 1500433.
  8. Chen, D.; Ding, D.; Li, X.; Waller, G. H.; Xiong, X.; El-Sayed, M. A.; Liu, M., Probing the charge storage mechanism of a pseudocapacitive MnO2 electrode using in operando Raman spectroscopy. Chem. Mater. 2015, 27 (19), 6608-6619.