Department of Physics, Imperial College London
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BW

  PhD, Applied Physics and Environmental Engineering Science (2001)
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
THESIS: Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Films for Photovoltaics
HONORS: National Science Foundation Fellow (1996-1999)

MS, Applied Physics (1997)
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

BS, Physics, with Honors and Distinction, Minor in Mathematics (1995)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
HONORS: William Richardson Davie Scholarship (August 1991 - May 1995)
                Phi Beta Kappa
                Dean's List (6 semesters)

  Research Associate 2006 - present
  Advisor: Dr. John Harries
Comparison of satellite observations of infrared emission spectrum of the Earth, made in 1970 (IRIS-D) and in present times by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) and the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) to study cloud radiation feedback. Model spectra calculated by line-by-line program, LBLRTM.
  Postdoctoral Scholar 2001 - 2005
  Advisor: Dr. Stanley Sander
Ground-based measurements of nighttime NO3 column over Table Mountain Facility, CA with direct lunar measurements, involving data acquisition and analysis. Column amounts compared to results from a 1D stratospheric photochemical model, SAGE III/Meteor-3M lunar NO3 measurements, and from the GEOS-CHEM 3D global tropospheric model. Also coincident measurements of boundary layer concentration in collaboration with Dr. Jochen Stutz with their long-path DOAS system. Conducted analysis of NO2 spectra from a UV Fourier transform spectrometer measurements to calculate NO2 column.
  Graduate Research Assistant 1995 - 2001
  Advisor: Dr. Harry Atwater
Study of lateral solid phase epitaxial growth in undoped and highly doped Si, for making thin film polycrystalline Si photovoltaics. Study of vacancy contribution to vertical solid phase epitaxial growth in doped Si.
  Summer Intern Summer 1994
  Women and Minority Research Opportunity at AT&T, Murray Hill, NJ
Advisor: Dr. Roger Malik
Design of computer interface to automate the wafer mapping and analysis process.

  Undergraduate Research 1993 - 1995
  Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH
Advisor: Dr. Richard Superfine
Study of adhesion of charged gold colloidal particles on self-assembled monolayers, grown by vapor deposition. Designed and implemented a CCD-based Surface Plasmon Resonance Detection (SPRD) system used to determine thickness of metal layers.
  • Programming with IDL and Labview
  • Running of LBLRTM (Line-By-Line Radiative Transfer Model), and 1D photochemical stratospheric model, written by Dr. Ross Salawitch
  • Experience with Igor Pro, Mathematica, Matlab, Origin
  • Data acquisition from grating spectrometer with water-cooled CCD, data processing, optics alignment.
  • Operation of ground-based remote sensing hardware: dome, heliostat and tracking computer.
  • Preparation of samples (plane-view by chemical etch and cross-section) for and operation of Philips transmission electron microscopes
  • Operation of atomic force microscopes (Digital Instrument and Park Scientific) in contact an tapping/non-contact mode
  • Operation of high vacuum, vapor deposition system
  • Operation of Auger/XPS/SIMS facility
  “Diurnal variation of NO3 column abundance at midlatitude,” C. M. Chen, R. P. Cageao, S. P. Sander, R. J. Salawitch, in preparation.

“OMI NO2 Validation by Ground-Based High Resolution Solar Absorption Spectroscopy: Laboratory Spectrum and First Observational Results from Table Mountain, CA,” Claudine Chen, Linda Brown, Richard Cageao, Sergey Nizkorodov, Thomas Pongetti and Stanley Sander, EOS Aura Science Team meeting, March 2005.

“Ground-based measurements of NO3 column abundance over Table Mtn, California,” C. M. Chen, S. P. Sander, R. P. Cageao, R. J. Salawitch, Solar Occultation Satellite Science Team Meeting, 2004.

“Diurnal Variability of the NO3 Radical Using Ground Based Lunar Occultation from Table Mountain, CA,” C. M. Chen, R. P. Cageao, S. P. Sander, Solar Occultation Satellite Science Team Meeting, 2003.

“Ground-based measurements of NO3 column abundance over Table Mtn, California,” C. M. Chen, S. P. Sander, R. P. Cageao, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A42C-0766, 2003

"Polycrystalline Si Films Fabricated by Low Temperature Selective Nucleation and Solid Phase Epitaxy Process," C. M. Chen and H. A. Atwater, Thin-Film Structures for Photovoltaics: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, v 485 (1998).

  • Caltech Postdoc Association Board Member, Advocacy Chair (2004-2005)
  • Arroyofest Steering Committee, (2003-2004) Organized the shutdown of a segment of the 110 freeway to open the roadway for a few hours to bicyclists and pedestrians, and associated cultural events to celebrate of the communities along the Arroyo Seco River.
  • Caltech Graduate Student Council, Secretary (1998-99), Member (1996-99), Organized New Student Orientation Week (1998)
  • Caltech Environmental Task Force, Chair (1997-1999), Member (1995-2000) Organized Earth Day Fair in 1998, co-organized Earth Day Fair in 1996, 1999. Met with campus administrators to promote a campus environmental policy and standing administrative committee on environmental responsibility.