kui chen

Kui Chen, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Chen is an analytical chemist studying spectroscopy, the interaction of light with matter.

Education and Training

  • PhD, University of South Carolina, Analytical Chemistry
  • B.S., Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China


My research interest is in the area of nanobiophotonics which integrates advances in nanotechnology and different optical spectroscopic techniques for biomedical and bioanalytical applications.

A common theme of my research is to explore the surface plasmonic properties of metallic nanoparticles for designing innovative sensing, imaging and therapeutic agents. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and fluorescence are the primary optical spectroscopic techniques used.

Potential projects involves synthesis, characterization and surface modification of metallic nanoparticles as a photothermal therapeutic agent and as SERS substrate.

Selected Publications

K. Chen, I. Soto, W. T. Monroe, J. S. Alexander, "Photothermolysis of lymphatic endothelial cells by gold nanoshell-mediated hyperthermia", Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2014, 14(7), 5347.

G. Grant, J. Li, Y. Zhang, S. Li, C. Wilson, K. Chen, T. Vo-Dinh, Q. Liu, "Compact point-detection fluorescence spectroscopy system for quantifying intrinsic fluorescence redox ratio in brain cancer diagnostics", Journal of Biomedical Optics, 2011, 16(3), 037004.

Courses Taught

General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Analytical chemistry / Quantitative analysis
Instrumental analysis


Kui Chen

Lewis Hall 315C
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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