Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials Innovation

Aicheng Chen

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electrochemistry and Nanoscience

Seeking academic or industry partnerships in the area(s) of:

Water purification and wastewater treatment, mining, energy storage, food quality control


Electrochemistry, Green Chemistry, Biorefining, Nanomaterials, Graphene functionalization, Microscopy, Spectroscopy, Biosensors, Photocatalysis

Education and Employment Background

Aicheng Chen received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Guelph in 1998. He worked at Huron Tech Canada Inc. as a research scientist and FINNCHEM Canada Inc. as an electrochemical specialist before beginning his career as a professor at Lakehead University in 2002. He has been a Canada Research Chair since 2006 and joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph in 2017. He is also the director of the Electrochemical Technology Centre (ETC) at the University of Guelph.

Research Themes

Prof. Chen’s research interests span the areas of Electrochemistry, Photoelectrochemistry, Green Chemistry, Biorefining, Materials Science and Nanoscience. Electrochemical technologies are extensively used in metal production, fuel cell development, energy storage, corrosion protection, water purification, wastewater treatment, and environmental analysis. Dr. Chen’s research program not only addresses fundamental issues relating to the structures and reactivity of electrochemical interfaces but is also dedicated to the development of nanomaterials-based electrochemical technologies for advanced energy, environmental, food, and medical applications.

His research focuses on the following major themes:

  1. Developing advanced electrochemical technologies based on functional nanoscale materials that will help treat wastewater, conserve and store energy, and support the sustainable development of natural resources.
  2. Generating nanomaterials-based electrochemical sensors and biosensors to improve the detection of contaminants.
  3. Producing robust, highly active catalysts for hydrogen production and designing functionalized nanomaterials to purify and store them.

Full List of Publications


  • Fellow of the Chemical institute of Canada (FCIC), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE)
  • Editor for Electrochimica Acta, Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Editorial Board Member for Applied Sciences and Journal of Electrochemistry, Honorary Editorial Board Member for Pure and Applied Chemical Sciences
  • W.A.E. McBryde Medal from Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • RBC Innovation Award – Innovative Hero of the Year 2015

Media Coverage

Named New Tier I Canada Research Chair in Electrochemistry and Nanoscience

Named RBC Innovative Hero of the Year (2015)

Appointed Editor of the journal, Electrochimica Acta

Research Featured on U of G College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Website



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