TUM – Technical University of Munich Menü

Prof. Dr. Jia Chen

Academic Career and Research Areas

Jia Chen’s research focuses on climate change and urban air pollution. She develops novel optical sensors, methods, and atmospheric models to localize and quantify greenhouse gas emissions and to understand the metabolism of air pollutants in urban environments. 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 pollutant emissions. Her research topics include sensor development and emission monitoring for greenhouse gases and air pollutants, atmospheric modelling, computational fluid dynamics, semantic kriging, ground and satellite based remote sensing, Fourier transform spectrometry, and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy.

Jia Chen studied electrical engineering at KIT (Dipl.-Ing.) and was awarded a PhD (summa cum laude) from TUM. From 2011 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Since 2015, Jia Chen has been TUM Professor of Environmental Sensing and Modeling. She is also an Associate at Harvard University. She is (co-)author of more than 150 publications and 12 patents.


Key Publications (all publications)

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". Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2020; 20(6): 3683–3696. Highlight article in ACP. Featured by Science and Nature (Research Highlight).


Heinle L, Chen J: "Automated enclosure and protection system for compact solar-tracking spectrometers". Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2018; 11: 2173-2185.


Toja-Silva F, Chen J, Hachinger S, Hase F: "CFD simulation of CO2 emission from urban thermal power plant: analysis of turbulent Schmidt number and comparison with Gaussian plume model and measurements". Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. 2017; 169: 177–193.


Chen J, Viatte C, Hedelius JK, Jones T, Franklin JE, Parker H, Gottlieb EW, Wennberg PO, Dubey MK, Wofsy SC: "Differential Column Measurements Using Compact Solar-Tracking Spectrometers". Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2016; 16: 8479 - 8498.


Chen J, Hangauer A, Strzoda R, Amann MC: "VCSEL-based Calibration-free Carbon Monoxide Sensor at 2.3 µm with in-line Reference Cell". Applied Physics B. 2011; 102(2): 381-389.