Chelsea Chen

Chelsea Chen

R&D Staff Polymer Scientist

Dr. Chelsea Chen is a polymer physicist by training. She got her PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation topic is the control of the spatial distribution of nanoparticles within a thin film polymer host. After completion of PhD, she did a postdoc at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, studying proton-conducting block copolymer membranes using cryo-transmission electron microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering. Before joining ORNL, She worked as a senior chemist at Dow Chemical. Her research at ORNL focuses on understanding the ion transport in polymer/ceramic composite electrolytes, electrolyte/electrode interfaces and the development of solid-state batteries.  



Ph.D., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011.

B.S., Applied Chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2005.



April 2017 – present, R&D staff, Polymer Scientist – Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

July 2016 - April 2017, Senior Chemist – Dow Electronic Materials, Marlborough, MA

May 2012 - July 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow – University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, CA.



- American Chemical Society PMSE Division Young Investigator Award, 2022

- Student Scholarship Award, Int'l Workshop for SPM for Energy Applications 2010

- Gordon Research Conference Graduate Student Fellowship, 2008

- National Starch and Chemical Company Award 2006

- University of Michigan Regents Fellowship 2006

- Most Outstanding Graduate, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2005