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Shaw H. Chen

  • Professor; Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

PhD, University of Minnesota, 1981

4313 Wegmans Hall
(585) 275-4040
Fax: (585) 273-1348


Selected Honors & Awards

Department Chair (2000-2009)
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:Sustainable Chemical Processes
ChE 244: Heat & Mass Transfer

Recent Publications

Anthamatten, M.; Weinfield, J.; Ou, J.J.; Chen,S.H.' “Enthalpy versus Entropy: What Drives Hard-Particle Ordering in Condensed Phases?” Chem. Phys. Lett., 2016,  660, 18-21.

Chen, H.M.P.;  Ou, J.J.; Chen, S.H.,“Glassy Liquid Crystals as Self-Organized Solid Films for Robust Optoelectronic Devices.” Nanoscience with Liquid Crystals: from Self-Organized Nanostructures to Applications,”  Ed. Q. Li, Springer: Switzerland, 2014,  179-208.

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 Carbozole-Based Bipolar Hybrid and Unipolar Compounds," Org. Electron., 2013, 14, 2925-2931.

Lee, T.Y-H.; Wang, Q.; Wallace, J.U.; Chen, 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.; Chen, S.H., “Spatially Resolved Lasers Using a Glassy Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Film with Lateral Pitch Gradient,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 2011, 98, 111112 -3 pages.

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Research Overview

Following traditional chemical engineering programs in the early 1980s through the early 1990s, organic optoelectronic materials have constituted the core of our research since the mid-1990s encompassing molecular design, computational chemistry, materials synthesis and processing, and optoelectronic device applications.  In particular, we have developed liquid crystals, including monodisperse p-conjugated systems, capable of preserving molecular order in glassy state with elevated transition temperatures 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) Geometric surfactancy as a new concept beyond traditional amphiphilicity; (2) Thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of particle ordering to enable effective nanomaterials processing; (3) Sustainable synthesis and processing of advanced optical materials; and (4) Robust optical and photonic devices comprising glassy liquid crystals on photoalignment layers for high peak-power laser applications.