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Chen, Po-Yen

Chen, Po-Yen

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
Room 1223C, 4418 Stadium Dr., Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building, College Park, MD 20742-2111


  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU)
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Hibbitt Independent Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University


  • AIChE 35 under 35 Award (2020)
  • MIT Technology Review (MIT TR) Innovators Under 35 in Asia (2020)
  • Inspiring Research Mentor Award in NUS High (2020)
  • AIChE-SLS Outstanding Young Principal Investigator Award (2019)
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry B Emerging Investigator (2019)
  • A*STAR AME Young Investigator Award (2018)

Wrinkling, Crumpling, Buckling, Templating

Dr. Po-Yen Chen's research group focuses on the strain engineering in nanomaterials, especially 2D materials, via wrinkling, crumpling, folding, and buckling. These strain-induced 2D-material architectures are with high stability and can be applied to next-generation wearable technologies, deformable electronics, and smart soft robotics.​

We are currently working on the following research topics:

  • Self-assembly of 2D-material building block units
  • Mechanically-driven nano-manufacturing of 2D materials for stretchable electronics
  • Stretchable molecular barriers and shielding technologies
  • Intelligent soft robotics with wireless communication
  • Confined reactions within 2D heterostructures


Please see our publications on Our Group Website.