Chen is currently a professor of physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Texas at San Antonio and a joint professor at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH). He received his Ph. D. degree in solid state science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994. He was the Director??s Funded Post-doctoral Fellow in the Los Alamos National Laboratory before he became a faculty member at TcSUH in May 1996. His research interests have spanned over the areas of multifunctional oxide thin film epitaxy, nanostructure fabrication, surface and interface physics and chemistry, and modeling developments. He has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 refereed papers that have appeared in Nature, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Nanoletters, and others, and has delivered about 150 plenary lectures/ invited talks at various international/national conferences (MRS, ACerS, IMRUS, etc.), universities, and research institutes.
He has served as several international advisory board members in various international conferences, chairs and/or co-chairs in various international and national symposiums such as the American Ceramics Society, Materials Science and Engineering, and others.
His current researches are supported by NSF-NIRT and CMS programs, Department of Energy, National Institute of Health, Army Research Office, Texas Advanced Research Program, the State of Texas through the TcSUH, government labs, etc.