Staff Profile

School of Science and Technology People Key Staff Staff Profile
Dr. Chen Jianlin 陳鍵林博士
BSc TJU, MSc TJU, Ph.D. CityU
Assistant Professor
School of Science and Technology


Dr. Chen received his B.Sc from Tianjin University and Ph.D from City University of Hong Kong. He had post-doctoral experience in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After working in Nanyang Technological University as a research fellow, he joined City University of Hong Kong as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In September 2020, He joined Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Environmental (Bio)Chemistry
  • Biosensor
  • Green Chemistry

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • 陳鍵林, 香港志: 第五冊, 自然·環境保護與生態保育, 第六章 生態事件與環保運動. 香港: 中華書局 (2024)

Journal Articles

  • Jian Lin Chen*, Demian Ifeanyi Njoku, Cui Tang, Yaru Gao, Jiayu Chen, Yung-Kang Peng, Hongyan Sun, Guozhu Mao, Min Pan, Nora Fung-Yee Tam. Advances in Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices (µPADs): Design, Fabrication, and Applications. Small Methods. 202400155 (2024)
  • Xinming Jia, Yu Zhang, Sandylove Afrane, Jian Lin Chen, Pingjian Yang, Guozhu Mao. Simulating the land use change effects on non-point source pollution in the Duliujian River Basin. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 46, 179 (2024)
  • Tianqi Cheng, Xinyu Wu, Yuwei Qiu, Bo Yuan, Chao Zhao, Jian Lin Chen, Yung-Kang Peng. Spatially decoupled H2O2 activation pathways and multi-enzyme activities in rod-shaped CeO2 with implications for facet distribution. Small. 202401032 (2024)
  • Shengpei Zhang, Chao Zhao, Yves Ira A. Reyes, Pei Xiong, Tianxiang Chen, Tianqi Cheng, Xianfeng Yi, Shang-Wei Chou, Chia-Ying Chien, Ya-Yun Yang, Jian Lin Chen, Tsz Woon Benedict Lo, Molly Meng-Jung Li, Hsin-Yi Tiffany Chen*, Anmin Zheng, and Yung-Kang Peng. Facile gram-scale synthesis of size-tunable MgO nanosheets enclosed by (111) surface with remarkable stability and uniform host sites for atom dispersion. Chemistry of Materials. (2024)
  • Shuan Peng, Min Chen, Zefeng Qi, Nihed Benani, Tao Wang, Xuefang Wu, Xi Cheng, Jian Lin Chen, Guozhu Mao, Pingjian Yang. Unequal transfer and its policy implications of carbon emissions and economic benefits embodied among Central Plains urban agglomeration. Urban Climate. 54: 101858 (2024)
  • Shenglong Gan, Liu Yang, Yiyuan Heng, Qingxin Chen, Dongqing Wang, Jie Zhang, Wenyu Wei, Zhiyang Liu, Demian Ifeanyi Njoku, Jian Lin Chen, Yi Hu, Hongyan Sun. Enzyme-Directed and Organelle-Specific Sphere-to-Fiber Nanotransformation Enhances Photodynamic Therapy in Cancer Cells. Small Methods. 2301551 (2024)
  • Sandylove Afrane, Jeffrey Dankwa Ampah, Abdulfatah Abdu Yusuf, Zhao Jinjuan, Pingjian Yang, Jian Lin Chen, Guozhu Mao. Role of negative emission technologies in South Africa's pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. Energy for Sustainable Development. 79: 101401 (2024)
  • Jian Lin Chen*, Yanhao Miao, Qidi Sun, Yung-Kang Peng, Guozhu Mao, Wanqing Dai, Cui Tang, Jiayu Chen. Development of a portable, microwell-based, smartphone-assisted colorimetric device to measure the activities of anaerobic digestion. Environmental Science: Advances. 3: 19-27 (2024)
  • Demian I. Njoku, Qiang Guo, Wanqing Dai, Jian Lin Chen*, Guozhu Mao, Qidi Sun, Hongyan Sun, Yung-Kang Peng. The multipurpose application of resazurin in micro-analytical techniques: Trends from the microbial, catalysis and single molecule detection assays. TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 167: 117288 (2023)
  • Wanqing Dai, Bibi Inumbra, Po Yu Wong, Alma Sarmiento, Ying Yau, Jie Han, Guozhu Mao, Yung-Kang Peng, Jian Lin Chen*. A dye-assisted paper-based assay to rapidly differentiate the stress of chlorophenols and heavy metals on Enterococcus faecalis and Escherichia coli. Biosensors, 13(5): 523 (2023)
  • Bo Yuan, Zicong Tan, Qiang Guo, Xiutong Shen, Chao Zhao, Jian Lin Chen, and Yung-Kang Peng. Regulating the H2O2 Activation Pathway on a Well-Defined CeO2 Nanozyme Allows the Entire Steering of Its Specificity between Associated Enzymatic Reactions. ACS Nano, 17(17): 17383–17393 (2023)
  • Linyuan Tian, Yinsong Liao, Jyh-Pin Chou, Zicong Tan, Jian Lin Chen,Jung-Hoon Lee, Benedict Lo, Yung-Kang Peng. Facet-dependent Peroxo Species Regulate Product Distribution and H2O2 Utilization in CeO2-catalyzed Aniline Oxidation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 11, 14034-14042 (2023)
  • Aqib Zahoor, Tao Xu, Miao Wang, Muhammad Dawood, Sandylove Afrane, Ying Li, Jian Lin Chen, Guozhu Mao. Natural and artificial green infrastructure (GI) for sustainable resilient cities: A scientometric analysis. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 101: 107139 (2023)
  • Jie Zhang, Heng Shi, Chen Huang, Le Mei, Qiang Guo, Ke Cheng, Pingzhou Wu, Dan Su, Qingxin Chen, Shenglong Gan, Cecilia Ka Wing Chan, Jiahai Shi, Jian Lin Chen, Chung Hang Jonathan Choi, Shao Q. Yao, Xian-Kai Chen, Ben Zhong Tang, Jufang He, Hongyan Sun. De Novo Designed Self-Assembling Rhodamine Probe for Real-Time, Long-Term and Quantitative Live-Cell Nanoscopy. ACS Nano, 17(4): 3632–3644 (2023)
  • Yat Hei Fung, Jie Han, Nora Fung Yee Tam, Jian Lin Chen, Sidney Man Ngai Chan, Siu Gin Cheung, Hai-Chao Zhou, Chui Man Lo, Yongzheng Ma. Different sorption behaviours of pyrene onto polyethylene microplastics in a binary system with water and a ternary system with water and sediment. Environmental Technology & Innovation. 30, 103086 (2023)
  • Aqib Zahoor, Yajuan Yu, Hongliang Zhang, Benani Nihed, Sandylove Afrane, Shuan Peng, András Sápi, Jian Lin Chen, Guozhu Mao. Can the new energy vehicles (NEVs) and power battery industry help China to meet the carbon neutrality goal before 2060? Journal of Environmental Management, 336: 117663 (2023)
  • Qidi Sun, Qing Wang, Fuzhi Li, Yizhe Liu, Xintong Li, Zonglong Zhu, Jian Lin Chen , Yung-Kang Peng, Jun Gu. Carbon-Conjugated Co Complexes as Model Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Catalysts. 330:13(2) (2023)
  • Zefeng Qi, Yixin Han, Sandylove Afrane, Xi Liu, Mingqi Zhang, John Crittenden, Jian Lin Chen, Guozhu Mao. Patent mining on soil pollution remediation technology from the perspective of technological trajectory, Environmental Pollution, 316: 120661 (2023)
  • Qiang Guo, Jie Zhang, Hongyan Sun, Jian Lin Chen*. A graphene oxide-based covalent resorufin-conjugated fluorescence “off-on” probe for detection of hydrazine. Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Apr 2022 DOI: 10.1002/asia.202200060 (2022)
  • Aqib Zahoor, MAO Guozhu, Xinming Jia, Xiao Xiao, Jian Lin Chen*. Global research progress on mining wastewater treatment: A bibliometric analysis. Environmental Science: Advances, 1: 92-109 (2022)
  • Quan Wang, Xianfeng Yi, Yu-Cheng Chen, Yao Xiao, Anmin Zheng, Jian Lin Chen, Yung-Kang Peng. Electronic State Manipulation of Surface Titanium Activates Dephosphorylation over TiO2 Near Room Temperature. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, May 2021 DOI: 10.1002/anie.202104397 (2021)
  • Yusheng Xie, Liu Yang, Qingxin Chen, Jie Zhang, Ling Feng, Jian Lin Chen, Quan Hao, Liang Zhang, and Hongyan Sun. Single-step fluorescent probes to detect decrotonylation activity of HDACs through intramolecular reactions. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 212: 113120 (2021)
  • Qidi Sun, Nora F.Y. Tam, Jie Han, Will Yung-Kang Peng, Zonglong Zhu and Jian Lin Chen*. A simple paper-based colorimetric analytical device for rapid detection of Enterococcus faecalis under the stress of chlorophenols. Talanta, 225: 121966 (2021)

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Editor: Environmental Geochemistry and Health; Asian Journal of Life Sciences.
  • Membership: State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP); Chinese Environmental Scholars and Professionals Network; International Water Association; American Chemical Society.
  • Engineer of Chemical Engineering, the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China.

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Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5