Kai received his PhD in physics from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in 2015. He then worked as a Postdoc Fellow in the Ultrafast Spectroscopy group at VUW under Dr Justin Hodgkiss’s supervision. Before joining VUW, he had research experience at Academia Sinica and earned his bachelor's degree in physics and master's in electronic engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.
Kai's research focuses on advanced optoelectronic materials and spectroscopy technologies. As a spectroscopist, he has experience in optics, nonlinear optics, and advanced laser and spectroscopy systems. He has developed and applied ultrafast laser based spectroscopy techniques for various advanced material systems, for example, organic semiconductors, conducting polymers, semiconducting quantum dots, and hybrid perovskites. Currently, he is collaborating with several top international groups in fundamental research and instrumental development.
Optical characterisation techniques play important roles in modern material science and technology. With advanced laser and spectroscopy techniques, we can gain insight into optical and electronic properties to provide invaluable information for the development and application of novel materials.Dr Kai Chen
November 3, 2023
Congratulations to our long list of Marsden winners this year - it's wonderful to see the talent being recognised with Fast-Start grants, and those at the next career stage with their first Standard grants, and especially great to see the strong thread of materials for sustainability running through this list.
April 19, 2023
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2022. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
August 19, 2022
Six MacDiarmid Institute researchers are among 18 finalists selected for the annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
May 9, 2022
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2021. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
May 27, 2020
This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.