Wilfred Chen

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

224 Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716

Phone: 302.831.6327
Fax: 302.831.1048


The complex interactions between humans and the rest of the biosphere have created some of our most challenging global problems in human history such as energy sustainability, severe pollutions, and emergence or re-emergence of old and new epidemics and diseases. Research in our laboratory is focused on the development of next generation molecular tools in addressing these key global problems in virus infection, biofuel production, and separation of protein pharmaceutics.

Latest publications

J. Vincent Price, Long Chen, W. Brian Whitaker, E. Terry Papoutsakis, and Wilfred Chen, Scaffoldless Engineered Enzyme Assembly for Enhanced Methanol Utilization, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Accepted for Publication .

Qing Sun, Qi Chen, Daniel Blackstock, and Wilfred Chen, Post-translational modification of bio-nanoparticles as a modular platform for biosensor assembly, ACS Nano, 9, 8554-8561, 2015.

Qing Sun, Bhawna Madan, Shen-Long Tsai, Matthew P. DeLisa, and Wilfred Chen, Creation of artificial cellulosomes on DNA scaffolds by zinc finger protein-guided assembly for efficient cellulose hydrolysis, Chem. Comm., 50, 1423-1425, 2014.

Miso Park, Qing Sun, Fang Liu, Matthew P. DeLisa, and Wilfred Chen, Positional assembly of enzymes on bacterial outer membrane vesicles for cascade reactions, PLOS one, 9, e97103, 2014.



October 2016
We welcome a new graduate student, Daniel Yur, to the group

October 2016
A new paper on methanol conversion using synthetic enzyme cascade was published in PNAS link

September 2016
Dr. Chen selected as the 2017 winner of the ACS Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology more

June 2016
We welcome two new graduate students, Alex Mitkas and Victoria Hunt, to the group

November 2015
We welcome a new graduate student, Rachel Lieser, to the group

September 2015
Dr. Chen selected as the 2015 winner of the Daniel I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering

April 2015
Congratulations to Lauren for receiving this year NSF Graduate Fellowship.

We welcome a new graduate student, Andrew Gaynor, to the group

Open Positions
New opportunities in the lab - One Ph.D. student

Last Updated: April 19, 2016


Department of Chemical  and Biomolecular Engineering, Colburn Lab 224, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

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