Biographical Sketch – Dr. Zhongfang Chen
a. Professional Preparation
Nankai University Organic Chemistry, B.S. 1994
Nankai University Physical Chemistry, M. S. 1997
Nankai University Physical Chemistry, Ph. D. 2000
2008.8- Associate Professor (tenure-track), University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
2001.1-2008.7 Associate Research Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2006.1-2007.12 Associate Research Chemist, University of Georgia
2003. 10-2005,12 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia
2001.4-2003,9 Humboldt Fellow, postdoc, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
2000.04 - 2001.03 Max-Planck Institut fuer Kolenforschung, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany
1999.12-2000.2 Humboldt Fellow, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
(i) Five most closely related to proposal project
1. Li, Y.; Li, F.; Zhou, Z.; Chen, Z. “SiC2 Silagraphene and Its One-Dimensional Derivatives: Where Planar
Tetracoordinate Silicon Happens”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 900-908.
2. Chen, W.; Li, Y.; Yu, G.; Li, C.; Zhang, S.; Zhou, Z.; Chen, Z.
“Hydrogenation: A Simple Approach to Realize Semiconductor ― Half-Metal ―
Metal Transition in BoronNitride Nanoribbons”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1699–1705.
3. Gao, X.; Wang, L.; Ohtsuka, Y.; Jiang, D.; Zhao, Y.; Nagase, S.; Chen, Z. Oxidation Unzipping of Stable
Nanographenes into Joint Spin-Rich Fragments, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 9663–9669.
4. Li, Y.; Zhou, Z.; Shen, P.; Chen, Z. “Spin Gapless Semiconductor-Metal-Half metal Properties in Nitrogen-
Doped Zigzag Graphene Nanoribbons” ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 1952–1958.
5. Li, Y.; Zhou, Z.; Zhang, S.; Chen, Z. “MoS2 Nanoribbons: High Stability, Unusual Electronic and Magnetic
Properties”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 16739–16744.
(ii) Five other significant publications (selected from over 150 refereed articles or book
1. Zhang, Q.; Yue, S.; Lu, X.; Chen, Z.; Huang, R.; Zheng, L.; Schleyer, P. v. R. “Homoconjugation/
Homoaromaticity in Main Group Inorganic Molecules”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 9789–9799.
2. Chen, Z.; Neukermans, S.; Wang, X.; Janssens, E.; Zhou, Z.; Silverans, R. E.; King, R. B.; Schleyer, P. v. R.;
Lievens, P. “To Achieve Stable Spherical Clusters: General Principles and Experimental Confirmations”, J. Am.
Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 12829–12834.
3. Chen, Z.; Wannere, C. S.; Corminboeuf, C.; Puchta, R.; Schleyer, P. v. R. Nucleus-Independent Chemical Shifts
(NICS) as an Aromaticity Criterion, Chem. Rev. 2005, 105, 3842–3888.
3. Chen, Z.; Nagase, S.; Hirsch, A.; Haddon, R. C.; Thiel, W.; Schleyer, P. v. R. “Side-Wall Opening of Single-Wall
Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) by Chemical Modification: A Critical Theoretical Study”
Angew Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 1552–1554.
4. Chen, Z.; Corminboeuf, C.; Heine, T.; Bohmann, J.; Schleyer, P. v. R. “Do All-Metal Antiaromatic Clusters
Exist?”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 13930–13931.
d. Synergistic Activities
Teaching and Educational Development: Dr. Chen developed the first Computational Chemistry course to
general graduate students (not majored at theoretical chemistry) at University of Georgia in 2005, and two
new courses, Computational Nanotechnology and Molecular Structure and Chemical Bonding at University
of Puerto Rico (UPR). He supervised several graduate and undergraduate students and four postdocs in his
own and collaborative groups, and currently is advising one postdoc, two graduate students, three
undergraduate students, and a high school student at UPR.
Professional Activities: Member of organizing committee, the international symposium, Nano and Giga Challenges
in Electronics, Photonics and Renewable Energy, 2007 and 2009; Coorganizer, the workshops on computational
nanoscience and new energy material, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Organizer, the Symposium on Computational
Nanomaterials Science, IUPAC meeting, San Juan, 2011; Editorial board member, Insciences-Nanotechnology,
Journal of Nanoscience Letters, E Jurnal of Chemistry. Guest editor, special issue on Structural, Electronic and
Optical Properties of Nanostructures, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci.. A referee for more than 40 scientific journals
and seven funding agencies (NSF, DOE, DoD, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Jeffress
Memorial Trust, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).
Published Work and Invited Talks: Dr. Chen published over 150 papers in refereed journals, including 23 in
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., and Phys. Rev. Lett., and three in Chem. Rev.. Nine papers were
highlighted by news media (Chem. & Eng. News and/or Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Nature China); nine
were highlighted as cover pictures or frontispiece by scientific journals; one article was featured by Nature
Chemistry; Two articles in Chem. Rev. were ranked as “hot paper”, “most-cited” or “most-accessed article”
by ACS publications, four papers were ranked as Highly Cited Papers by Essential Science Indicators of
Web of Science. His papers gained more than 3800 citations, which gave him an H-number of 34. He has
given over 100 invited conference/seminar talks worldwide.
e. Collaborators & Other Affiliations
Yongsheng Chen, Arizona State University; Claire Castro, University of San Francisco; Dmitri Golberg,
National Institute for Materials Science; Julius Jellinek, Argonne National Laboratory; De-en Jiang, Oak Ridge
National Lab; Haijun Jiao, Universität Rostock; R. Bruce King, University of Georgia; Peter Lievens,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Junqiang Lu, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez; Xin Lu, Xiamen
University, Xaimen; Glen Miller, University of New Hampshire, Paul v. R. Schleyer, University of Georgia;
Walter Thiel, Max-Planck-Institute of Coal Research, Mülheim an der Ruhr; Jijun Zhao, Dalian University of
Science and Technology, Dalian; Zhen Zhou, Nankai University, Tianjin; Shengbai Zhang, Rensselaer
(ii) Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors
Paul v. R. Schleyer, postdoctoral advisor, University of Georgia, USA
Walter Thiel, postdoctoral advisor, Max-Planck-Institute of Coal Research, Germany
Andreas Hirsch, postdoctoral advisor, University of Erlangen, Germany
Xuezhuang Zhao, PhD advisor, Nankai University, China
Auchin Tang, PhD advisor, Jilin University, China
(iii) Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor
Dr. Wei Chen (female), UPR (now Jilin University, China); Dr. Guangtao Yu, UPR (now Jilin
University, China); Dr. Kyuho Lee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (now Rutgers University);
Dr. Xingfa Gao, RPI.
Graduate students supervised
Dr. Peng Jin, UPR (now Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, China); Lu Wang (female)
(joint with RPI, now Dalian University of Technology, DUT), Fen Li, DUT (now Dalian Institute for
Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science).
Undergraduate student supervised
Keysha Melendez Cuadrado (female), UPR
Graduate students currently under supervision at UPR
Fengyu Li (female), Yunlong Liao, Qing Tang (female, visiting student)
Undergraduate student currently under supervision at UPR
Valerie Lopez (female), Clara Leticia Cruz (female), Keyla Cuadrado (female), Juan Corchado
High school student currently under supervision at UPR