GuanHua Chen

  • Senior Research Fellowship in 2016 at The University of Hong Kong


  • Ph.D. (05/1992): Physics, California Institute of Technology (Advisor: William A Goddard III) 
  •  B. S. (06/1986): Physics, Fudan University, China

Academic Positions: 

  • Head, Department of Chemistry, HKU 05/2010-05/2016 
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, HKU 09/2006-Present 
  • Associate Professor Department of Chemistry, HKU 12/1999-08/2006 
  • Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry, HKU 07/1996-11/1999 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Chemsitry, University of Rochester 07/1993– 02/1996 (Advisor: Shaul Mukamel) 


  • Fellow of American Physical Society (2014) 
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2011)
  • Outstanding Young Scholar Award, NSFC (2009-2010) 
  • National Natural Science Award (First Class), Education Ministry of China (2008) 
  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2001-2002, The University of Hong Kong 
  • Co-1st place in China-US Physics Examination and Application (CUSPEA) program (1985) 


Our group is interested in developing the state-of-the-art linear-scaling quantum mechanical methods for very large molecular systems and investigating dynamics of complex systems including nanomaterials, nano- devices, polymer aggregates and biological macromolecules.