• 11/30/2020
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Finance magazine Capital recognizes young talents

Prof. Jia Chen among the "Top 40 under 40"

Jia Chen, Professor for Environmental Sensing and Modelling at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), was included in this year's list of the "Young Elite - Top 40 under 40" in the category "Society and Science". The German finance magazine Capital has been presenting this award since 2007.

Prof. Jia Chen was included in this year's list of the "Young Elite - Top 40 under 40". TUM
Prof. Jia Chen was included in this year's list of the "Young Elite - Top 40 under 40".

Prof. Jia Chen conducts research on topics relating to climate change and urban air pollution. She also develops sensors and mathematical models for the exact determination of greenhouse gas emissions and air quality parameters. The data generated can be used to developed new climate protection measures and to evaluate existing measures.

Last year Prof. Chen established in Munich the world's first permanent sensor network for the measurement of urban greenhouse gases, based on the differential column measurement method she developed. She is currently developing an intelligent sensor network for the determination of air quality parameters, for example regarding particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. She heads the UN project "German MEASURE", which investigates the methane emissions of major German cities.

Prof. Chen studied electrical engineering in Beijing and Karlsruhe, earning her doctorate at TUM in 2011. She then did postdoctoral work at Harvard University. Since 2015 she has been the head of the TUM Professorship for Environmental Sensing and Modeling and is an Associate at Harvard University. Prof. Chen is author or co-author of more than 150 publications and twelve patents.


  • Dietrich, F., Chen, J., Voggenreiter, B., Aigner, P., Nachtigall, N., and Reger, B.: Munich permanent urban greenhouse gas column observing network, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2020-300
  • Chen, J., Dietrich, F., Maazallahi, H., Forstmaier, A., Winkler, D., Hofmann, M. E. G., Denier van der Gon, H., and Röckmann, T.: Methane emissions from the Munich Oktoberfest, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3683–3696, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3683-2020.
  • Chen, J., Viatte, C., Hedelius, J. K., Jones, T., Franklin, J. E., Parker, H., Gottlieb, E. W., Wennberg, P. O., Dubey, M. K., and Wofsy, S. C.: Differential column measurements using compact solar-tracking spectrometers, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8479–8498, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8479-2016

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