Peter grew up in Rockville, MD. At the young age of 8, he discovered that you could breathe through your nose with your mouth closed, which completely shattered the window from which he viewed the world. Such was the beginning of his career as a scientist.  Over the summer of 2009 he interned at the Food and Drug Administration, helping develop methods to quantify arsenic levels in juices (another reason to avoid prune juice).  At Boston University, he did his undergraduate research under the supervision of Professor Linda H. Doerrer, where he worked with fluorinated alkoxide ligands for the stabilization of high oxidation states of transition metal complexes.  As a member of the Owen group, Peter is investigating the dynamic ligand-surface interactions in nanocrystals and their effects on optoelectronic properties. A recovering juggalo, he has learned that that chemistry was the only thing that could fill the missing void in his heart that was once an unhealthy Faygo addiction. Also, magnets make way more sense to him now.

Peter Chen


B.S. - Boston University (Doerrer, L. H.)


ACS Undergraduate Research Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2012)