Principal Investigator

Alex Jen Alex K.-Y. Jen
Professor Emeritus
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Email: ajen (at)

Education, Honors, and Awards

  • Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1984
  • Distinguished Chair Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, National Taiwan University, 2013
  • MRS Fellow, The Materials Research Society, 2012
  • Chair Professor, Polymer Science & Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2012
  • Member, Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • ACS Fellow, The American Chemical Society, 2011
  • World-Class University Professor, Korea University, Korea Research Foundation, Korea, 2009
  • Honorary Professor, East China University of Science & Technology, China, 2009
  • PMSE Fellow, The American Chemical Society, Div. of Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering, 2009
  • Board of Directors, Washington Technology Center, Appointed by Governor of Washington State, 2007
  • Faculty of Research Innovator Award, College of Engineering, University of Washington, 2007
  • Changjiang Endowed Chair Professor, Ministry of Education, China, 2007
  • OSA Fellow, The Optical Society of America, 2007
  • SPIE Fellow, The International Society of Optical Engineering, 2006
  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Member of Advisory Board, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2002-Present
  • Boeing-Johnson Endowed Chair, University of Washington, 1999-Present
  • Industrial Fellow (rank as full professor), Northwestern University, 1995-2000
  • Founder’s Award, ROITech, 1995
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, EniChem America, 1994
  • President’s Award, EniChem America, 1989
  • Rohm & Hass Research Fellowship, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Provost and Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong., Dec-2016-Present
  • Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., Dec-2016-Present
  • Chief Scientist, Clean Energy Institute, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., 2013-2016
  • Chair, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., Sep-2007-Nov-2016
  • Director, Institute for Advanced Materials & Technology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., 2006-Nov-2016
  • Acting Chair, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., Sep-2005-Sep-2007
  • Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA., Sep-2000-Nov-2016
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA., 1997-1999
  • Vice President, Optical Materials Division, ROI Technology, 1995-1996
  • Group Leader-Senior Scientist, NLO Materials, EniChem America, 1990-1994
  • Project Leader-Principal Scientist, Advanced Materials Laboratory, EniChem America, 1988-1990
  • Research Scientist, Specialty Polymers Department, Allied-Signal Inc., 1984-1988

Professional Service

  • Editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.
  • Advisory Board Member, Energy Frontier Research Center, Univ. of Michigan
  • Advisory Board, Material Synthesis, Simulation Across Scales, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Chemistry of Materials, NPG-Asia Materials, Journal of the Experimental Nanoscience
  • Chair of the Advisory Board, The Transformative Materials Initiative, The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 2007-
  • Board of Directors, The Washington Technology Center, appointed by the Washington State Governor.
  • Advisory Board Member, College of Arts & Science,National Chiao-Tung University,Taiwan.
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute of Chemistry, Academic Sinica, Taiwan

Patents & Invention Records: >50

Publications: >820

H-index: 93, Citations: >34,000