Dr. Jie Chen
Chair of Computational Science
Clausiusstrasse 33
ETH-Zentrum, CLT B 13
CH-8092 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 632 99 34
E-Mail: jiechen@ethz.ch


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS), 2012
  • M.Sc. in Acoustics, Institute of Acoustics, Nanjing University, 2007
  • B.Sc. in Acoustics, Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, 2005

Awards and Honors

  • ETH Fellow, 2013-present
  • World Future Foundaton Ph.D. Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, 2012
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self‐Financed Students Abroad, 2010
  • President’s Graduate Fellowship, NUS, 2007‐2011


  • Nanoscale heat transfer with molecular dynamics simulation
  • Mutiscale modelling of heat and mass transfer


  • Chen J., Walther J. H., Koumoutsakos, P., Strain engineering of Kapitza resistance in few-layer graphene, Nano Letters, 14, 819 (2014).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Molecular dynamics simulations for computing thermal conductivity of nano materials, Invited book chapter by Pan Stanford Publishing (2013).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Substrate coupling suppresses size dependence of thermal conductivity in supported graphene,  Nanoscale, 5, 532 (2013).
  • Wang J., Zhu L., Chen J., Li B., Thong J.T.L., Suppressing thermal conductivity of suspended tri-layer graphene by gold deposition, Advanced Materials, 25, 6884 (2013). 
  • Li X., Chen J., Yu C., Zhang G., Comparison of isotope effects on thermal conductivity of graphene nanoribbons and carbon nanotubes, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 013111 (2013). 
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Thermal contact resistance across nanoscale silicon dioxide and silicon interface, Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 064319 (2012).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Impacts of atomistic coating on thermal conductivity of germanium nanowires, Nano Letters, 12, 2826 (2012).
  • Shi L., Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Thermoelectric figure of merit in Ga‐doped [0001] ZnO nanowires, Physics Letters A, 376, 978 (2012).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., A universal gauge for thermal conductivity of silicon nanowires with different cross sectional geometries, Journal of Chemical Physics, 135, 204705 (2011).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Phonon coherent resonance and its effect on thermal transport in core-shell nanowires, Journal of Chemical Physics, 135, 104508 (2011).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Remarkable reduction of thermal conductivity in silicon nanotubes, Nano Letters, 10, 3978 (2010).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., How to improve the accuracy of equilibrium molecular dynamics for computation of thermal conductivity? , Physics Letters A, 374, 2392 (2010).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Molecular dynamics simulations of heat conduction in nanostructures: Effect of heat bath, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 79, 074604 (2010).
  • Chen J., Zhang G., Li B., Tunable thermal conductivity of Si1‐xGex nanowires, Applied Physics Letters, 95, 073117 (2009). (Selected for the September 7, 2009 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)
  • Jiang J. –W., Chen J., Wang J. –S., Li B., Edge states induce boundary temperature jump in molecular dynamics simulation of heat conduction, Physical Review B, 80, 052301 (2009).
  • Chen J., Cheng J. –C., Li B., Dynamics of elastic waves in two‐dimensional phononic crystals with chaotic defect, , Applied Physics Letters, 91, 121902 (2007).