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Lei Chen

Lei Chen is a Process Engineer in the NanoFab Operations Group. He received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Nanjing University in China, and then joined the university’s staff as an Associate Professor. Upon arrival in the United States, Lei joined the Nanostructure Laboratory at Princeton University as a Research Associate, where he focused on novel nanofabrication technology development. Following his time in academia, Lei moved to NanoOpto Corp., leading projects and process development for nano-optical devices. He holds 8 patents and has over 100 publications including journals such as Nature Photonics, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, PANS, Applied Physics Letters, Macromolecules and Langmuir. Lei has broad experience in nanofabrication, self-assembled nanostructures, surface patterning, polymers, and nanocomposites.

Selected Publications
  • Motionless phase stepping in X-ray phase contrast imaging with a compact source, H. Miao, L. Chen, E. E. Bennett, N. M. Adamo, A. A. Gomella, A. M. Deluca, A. Patel, N. Y. Morgan, and H. Wen, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110, 19268–19272 (2013).
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  • Spectral line-by-line pulse shaping of on-chip microresonator frequency combs, F. Ferdous, H. Miao, D. E. Leaird, K. Srinivasan, J. Wang, L. Chen, L. T. Varghese, and A. M. Weiner, Nature Photonics 5, 770-776 (2011).
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  • Nanofabrication techniques for controlled drug released devices, L. Chen, G. Henein, and V. Luciani, Nanomedicine 6, 1-6 (2011).
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  • Cubic silsesquioxanes as a green, high-performance mold material for nanoimprint lithography, H. W. Ro, V. Popova, L. Chen, A. M. Forster, Y. Ding, K. J. Alvine, D. J. Krug, R. M. Laine, and C. L. Soles, Advanced Materials 23, 414-420 (2011).
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  • Contact resistance of flexible, transparent carbon nanotube films with metals, H. Xu, L. Chen, L. Hu, and N. Zhitenev, Applied Physics Letters 97, 143116 (2010).
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  • Large flexible nanowire grid visible polarizer made by nanoimprint lithography, L. Chen, J. J. Wang, F. Walters, X. Deng, M. Buonanno, S. Tai, and X. Liu, Applied Physics Letters 90, 063111 (2007).
  • Novel Polymer Patterns Formed by Lithographically Induced Self-Assembly, L. Chen, L. Zhuang, P. Deshpande and S. Chou, Langmuir 3(21), 818 (2005).
  • Kinetics and Mechanism of the Rod-to-Vesicle Transition of Block Copolymer Aggregates in Dilute Solution, L. Chen, H. Shen and A. Eisenberg, Journal of Chemical Physics B 103, 9488-9497 (1999).
Staff Photo - Lei Chen


Process Engineer
NanoFab Operations Group


Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering - Nanjing University, China


Phone: 301-975-2908
Email: lei.chen@nist.gov