Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jia Chen

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Jia Chen’s current research focuses on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and understanding the metabolism of air pollutants in urban environments. Besides the development of novel, compact optical sensors, she has established the worldwide first city sensor network based on the novel method of differential column measurements. This pioneering work enables long-term assessment of urban greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. A more detailed description of our research activities can be found in Research Focus


Jia Chen studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Dipl.-Ing.) and was awarded a PhD with highest distinction (summa cum laude) from TUM. From 2011 to 2015 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Science & Engineering Department at Harvard University. In 2015 Jia Chen was appointed as a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor at the TUM-IAS, and now heads the Environmental Sensing and Modeling group at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.

Curriculum vitae (German), (English)
Dissertation: Compact Laser-Spectroscopic Gas Sensors using Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers
Diplomarbeit: Analyse von CDMA-Verfahren für PLC auf zukünftigen Bordnetzen im Kraftfahrzeug

Publications and Patents:

Jia Chen has authored and co-authored 2 books, 50 peer-reviewed journal and 110 conference publications. Further, she has filed 12 patents, of which 9 are international patents.
List of patents and publications

Researchgate profile

Selected Awards and Recognition:

2020 (Chen et al. 2020) as a highlight article in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics . Research Highlight in Nature (Nature 580, p. 169) and featured by Science
2019 Conference contribution (Chen et al. 2019) as highlight (Top 3 %) at EGU General Assembly 2019
2014 Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development, Harvard University
2012 VDE/ITG Award (ceremony)
2011 Rohde & Schwarz Award
2009 Kaiser Friedrich Forschungspreis
2009 Best Poster Award paper (first place) at the international conference EUROSENSORS
2009 Nomination for the international AMA SENSOR Innovation Award
2009 Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant Award
2008 IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society Graduate Student Fellowship Award
2007 Ernst von Siemens Promotionsstipendium
1999 2nd prize in the Chinese National Mathematics Olympiad Competition

Major Projects:

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz, Project (TLK 01U-75487): Engmaschiges NO2-Sensornetzwerk in München
UN Project: German Methane Emission Assessment in Urban Regions (German MEASURE)
DFG Forschungsgroßgeräte (Nr. 422614568): Differentielles Säulenmesssystem
Co-PI in National Science Foundation Projekt (Award #1337512): MRI: Acquisition of Mesoscale Network of Surface Sensors and Solar-tracking Spectrometers

Selected Media Coverage:

06/2020 Urban Climate News (International Association for Urban Climate): How time-limited events such as Oktoberfest contribute to the global CH4 budget
04/2020 American Geophysical Union’s Eos Magazine: Oktoberfest’s Methane Rise Is the Wurst
10/2019: The Guardian: Oktoberfest produces 10 times as much methane as Boston
09/2019: Rundschau, BR Fernsehen: Hohe Methan-Werte auf der Wiesn
09/2019: Deutschlandfunk, Forschung aktuell: Erhöhte Methanwerte auf der Wiesn
09:2019: Süddeutsche Zeitung: Schlechte Luft
09:2019: Welt: Forscher messen Methan-Ausstoß in München
09/2018: Focus: Erhöhter Methan-Ausstoß in München zur Wiesn-Zeit
09/2018: Zeit Wissen Magazin: "Jetzt mal ehrlich: Was liegt in der Luft, Frau Chen?" (PDF)
05/2018: Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Detektivarbeit für bessere Luft"
01/2018: Faszination Forschung 150 Jahre TUM: "Carbon Detective"
11/2014: VDI Nachrichten
09/2014: VDE Dialog: “Arbeiten im Ausland - Internationale Karrieren”
10/2013: VDE Youtube Channel: “Mobilität der Zukunft”


  • Umweltsensorik und Modellierung
  • Advanced Seminar Environmental Sensing
  • Gemeinschaftspraktikum Electromagnetic Sensors and Measurement Systems
  • Lab Course Innovative Atmospheric Sensing Devices

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