Dr. Jian Lin CHEN

PhD (HK)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B6513
Phone: +852 3442-7747
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: jiachen@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Biosensor
  • Green Chemistry
  • Environmental (Bio)chemistry

Dr. Chen received his B.Sc from Tianjin University in 1998 and Ph.D from City University of Hong Kong in 2008. Between 2008 and 2009, awarded as Marie Curie Host Fellowship, he held a post-doctoral position at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. After that, awarded as Faculty Research Development Fellowship from 2010 to 2011, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In late 2012, he joined Professor David Stuckey's laboratory in Nanyang Technological University where he developed biosensor to detect toxicants for anaerobic digestion by collaborating with Professor Terry Steele. He joined City University of Hong Kong in October 2016. His research interests include


An analytical device which converts a biological response into an electrical signal, e.g., microfluidics (lab-on-a-chip) with resazurin reduction assay to detect toxicants for anaerobic bioprocess.

Green Chemistry

The environmentally friendly design of chemical products and processes, e.g., advanced catalytic oxidation process by iron complexes of tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand (Fe-TAML) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) system.


Environmental (Bio)Chemistry

Study the chemical and biochemical phenomena that occur in natural places, to understand chemical reactions and equations, solutions, units, sampling, and analytical techniques.

Selected publications

  • Jian Lin Chen, Terry W.J. Steele and David C. Stuckey. Stimulation and inhibition of anaerobic digestion by nickel and cobalt: a rapid assessment using the resazurin reduction assay. Environmental Science & Technology (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03522.
  • Jian Lin Chen, Terry W.J. Steele and David C. Stuckey. Modeling and application of a rapid fluorescence-based assay for biotoxicity in anaerobic digestion. Environmental Science & Technology (2015) DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03050.
  • Jianfeng Ping, Feng Gao, Jian Lin Chen, Richard Webster and Terry W. J. Steele. Adhesive curing through low-voltage activation. Nature Communications 6 (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9050.
  • Jian Lin Chen, Raphael Ortiz, Yeyuan Xiao, Terry W.J. Steele and David C. Stuckey. Rapid fluorescence-based measurement of toxicity in anaerobic digestion. Water Research (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.035.
  • Jian Lin Chen, Raphael Ortiz, Terry W.J. Steele and David C. Stuckey. Toxicants inhibiting anaerobic digestion: a review. Biotechnology Advances (2014) DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2014.10.005.
  • Jian Lin Chen, Shanthinie Ravindran, James Wright, Simon Swift and Naresh Singhal. Catalytic oxidative degradation of 17α-ethinylestradiol by Fe-TAML/H2O2: estrogenic activities of the products of partial, and extensive oxidation. Water Research (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.09.012.