Department of Chemical Engineering


Shaw H. Chen

Professor; Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
University of Minnesota, PhD, 1981

251 Gavett Hall
(585) 275-0909
Fax: (585) 273-1348


Selected Honors & Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Rochester (2007)
Weissberger-Williams Lectureship, Eastman Kodak Company (2001)
Clarence Karcher Lectureship, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (1996)
Bridging Fellowship for Faculty Research, University of Rochester (1987)


ChE 265/465: Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals
ChE 286/486: Polymer Science & Engineering

Recent Publications

Wang, Q.; Wallace, J. U.;  Lee , T. Y.-H.; Ou, J. J.; J. J.; Tsai, Y.-T.; Huang, Y.-H.; Wu, C.-C.; Rothberg, L. J.; Chen, S. H. “Evaluation of Propylene-, Meta-, and Para-Linked Triazine and t-Butyltriphenylamine as Bipolar Hosts for Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diodes,” J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 2224-2232.

Wang, Q.; Wallace, J. U.;  Lee , T. Y.-H.; Zeng, L.; Ou, J. J.; Chen, S. H. “Charge Carrier Mobility through Vacuum-Sublimed Glassy Films of s-Triazine- and Carbazole-Based Bipolar Hybrid and Unipolar Compounds,” Org. Electron., 2013, 14, 2925-2931.

Lee, T. Y.-H.; Wang, Q.; Wallace, J. U.; Chen, and S. H. “Temporal Stability of Blue Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Affected by Thermal Annealing of Emitting Layers,” J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 23175-23180.

Wei, S. K.-H.; Zeng, L.; Marshall, K. L.; Chen, and S. H. “Room-Temperature Processing of Conjugated Oligomers into Uniaxially Oriented Monodomain Films on Coumarin-Based Photoalignment Layers,” J. Polymer Sci. Part B: Polymer Phys., 2011, 49, 725-731.

Zeng, L.; Blanton, T. N.; Chen, S. H. “Modulation of Phase Separation between Spherical and Rodlike Molecules Using Geometric Surfactancy,” Langmuir, 2010, 26, 12877-12881.

Research Interests

Green Chem Engineering; Photoalignment of Liquid Crystals; Photopatterned Liquid Crystal Devices; Amphipolar Hybrid Hosts for Electro-phosphorescence; Monodisperse Microemulsions from Microfluidic T-Junctions

Research Overview

Organic materials constitute the core of our research encompassing molecular design, computational chemistry, material synthesis and processing, and optoelectronic device applications. In particular, we have developed liquid crystals, including conjugated systems, capable of preserving molecular order in glassy state while ensuring long-term stability against crystallization. Various device concepts have been demonstrated using selected materials, e.g. nonabsorbing polarizers, notch filters and reflectors, polarized electroluminescence, field-effect transistors, solid-state lasers, and robust photoalignment films for orienting both fluid and glassy liquid crystals. Current activities include: (1) Amphipolar hybrid hosts for phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes with potential application to flat-panel display and solid-state lighting; (2) A new concept of surfactancy originating in intramolecular geometric disparity potentially useful for the construction of morphologically stable bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics; (3) Photopatterned liquid crystal devices for shaping laser beams following photoalignment to significantly improve laser damage thresholds; and (4) High throughput, monodisperse double and triple microemulsions using microfluidic T-junctions as templates for the fabrication of polymer shells as laser fusion targets. While Projects (1) and (2) are cross-disciplinary by nature, Projects (3) and (4) are conducted in close collaboration with scientists and engineers in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.