Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jia Chen

Tel.: +49 (89) 289 - 23350
Fax: +49 (89) 289 - 23348
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Room: N1512


Jia Chen’s current research focuses on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and understanding the metabolism of pollutants in urban environments. Besides the development of novel, compact optical sensors, she is establishing the worldwide first regional sensor network that is based on the method of differential column measurements. Using these measurements combined with models of atmospheric transport, she demonstrates a new strategy to determine greenhouse gas and 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. During that time she was co-investigator of NSF project “MRI: Acquisition of Mesoscale Network of Surface Sensors and Solar-tracking Spectrometers”.

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.

Dissertation: Compact Laser-Spectroscopic Gas Sensors using Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (ISBN: 978-3-941650-30-5)

Publications and Patents:

Jia Chen has authored and co-authored 35 peer-reviewed journal and 89 conference publications. Further, she has filed 12 patents, of which 9 are international patents.

List of patents and publications

Researchgate profile

Selected Awards:

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 ($5000+$2500 travel grant)
2007: Ernst von Siemens Promotionsstipendium
1999: 2nd prize in the Chinese National Mathematics Olympiad Competition

Media Coverage:

03/2019: Picarro Blog: Detecting and quantifying methane emission sources at the Oktoberfest in Munich
01/2019: TUM Campus: Wiesn-Wissenschaft
09/2018: Welt, Focus, Bayerische Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk, ORF:
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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