Li-Chyong Chen is currently the director of the Center for Condensed Matter Sciences (CCMS) at National Taiwan University (NTU). She received her B.S. in physics from NTU in 1981, Ph. D. in applied physics from Harvard University in 1989, and an honorary doctoral degree from Linkoping University, Sweden, in 2007.
Before her employment at NTU, she had worked as a materials scientist at General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Schenectady, New York, during 1989-1994. Li-Chyong is now leading the Advanced Materials Laboratory in the CCMS at NTU, supervising 40+ members in her group. Over the last two decades, she has established a strong program on low-dimensional nanomaterials and related hybrids, in particular, those formed by vapor phase deposition and plasma-assisted processes, and their applications for optoelectronics, energy and sensing.
Li-Chyong has owned 14 patents, published 15 review articles and book chapters, as well as over 360 referred papers with an H-index of 52. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the MRS in 2010 and received twice the Outstanding Research Award by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Other recent honors include Laureate of the 22nd Khwarizmi International Award in 2009, International Federation of Inventors’ Association Lady Prize in 2009, Outstanding Scholar Foundation Award in 2010, Ho Chin-Tui Outstanding Scholar Award in 2012, Acharya Vinova International Award in Materials Science and Technologies in 2013, and Academician of Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials in 2015.
Li-Chyong has devoted substantially her time to serve the professional communities. In Taiwan, she was a member on the Physics Project Review Panel (2007-2009) and the Advisory Board on Physics (2010-2012), along with the Advisory Committee on Science Education at Ministry of Education since 2007. She served as a Councilor (2003-2009) and the vice president (2006-2007) of the Physical Society in Taiwan, and has been a Councilor of the Taiwan Association of Coating Technology since 2010.
Li-Chyong’s service at the international level also spans a broad range, including an associate editor for the J. of Vac. Sci. and Tech. B-Microelectronics and Nanostructures (2004-2006) and editorial advisory boards of a few journals, such as the Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences, Taylor and Francis, since 2004, and Nanoscience Nanotechnology Letters, American Scientific Publishers (2010-2012), as well as for the book series on Energy and Sustainability, Cambridge University Press and the MRS, since 2013. Recently, she has been appointed as a series editor, member of the series board of the Series in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, World Scientific Publishers since 2015.
As for MRS, Li-Chyong has served as a symposium chair in the 2008 MRS Spring Meeting and IMRC/China-MRS 2008, held in Chongqing, China. Most significantly, she was appointed as one of the four Meeting Chairs for the 2009 MRS Fall Meeting. During 2010-2011, Li-Chyong has chaired the Pacific Rim Subcommittee under the International Relation Committee. Besides MRS, she has also organized a number of symposia and workshops for both ECS and AVS and served International Advisory Committee for numerous international conferences.
The Materials Research Society has established a reputable track record in its function to provide and enable forums for the global exchange of technical information related to leading edge, high impact, and interdisciplinary materials research. Interaction among the very best and energetic scientists through all currently available communication vehicles, such as meetings, website, etc., is crucial for next generation innovation in our society. To further foster materials solutions to improve the quality of life and ensure a sustainable world, proactively promoting the involvement of materials researchers from different sectors or regions, diversity networking, and cultivating young brains worldwide are important steps for MRS, and in fact all professional societies, to address the global needs. As a candidate to serve the MRS Board, I would like to help plot the course and facilitate MRS globalization goals.