News

  • Dec. 2012, our new growth model of "Iron Pyrite Nancrystal Growth and Photocatalytic Behaviors", published at J. Mater. Chem., has been promoted and highlighted by the editor as the "Hot Article" and the RSC blog (http://blogs.rsc.org/jm), Congratulations to Alec!
  • Dec. 2012, our work on "Multifunctional Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Photodetector" is accepted for publication at Advanced Optical Materials, and will feature as the Journal Cover. Congratulations to Maogang!
  • Nov. 2012, Our work on "multifunctional all-conjugated block copolymer materials" is accepted for publication at Advanced Materials
  • Nov. 2012, Dr. Ren is interviewed by MIT Technology Review magazine on our recently developed Photovoltaic Technology.
  • Nov. 2012, Our collaborative work on "carbon IR photodetectors" is accepted for publication at Nano Letters.
  • Oct. 2012, Our collaborative work on "carbon exciton dynamics" is accepted for publication at Physical Review B.
  • Oct. 2012, Dr. Ren is interviewed by the international solar media company ("Solar Novus Today") on our recent Nano-Carbon PV systems. Details.
  • Oct. 2012, Our work on thermodynamically controlled synthesis of iron pyrite (Fool's Gold) nanocrystals and their photocatalytic behaviors are published by the J. Mater. Chem.
  • Sept. 2012: Our Nano-Carbon Photovoltaic research has led to “an exciting advance in solar cell technology,” which has featured in the Oct. 9 issue of ACS Nano. These carbon nanomaterial PV panels “could advance solar technology because they are made from cheap, easy-to-get and environmentally sustainable carbon materials, have high optical absorption and much better photostability — meaning their performance doesn’t degrade after exposure to sunlight.”   
    See:  KU news article,  ACS Nano article, Nanowerk Spotligh,t R&D Magazine article, Phys Org article, World News article
  • Sept. 2012: Our paper " All Inorganic Iron Pyrite Nano-Heterojunction Solar Cells" is one of the Top 10 most-read Nanoscale articles for 09/2012.
  • Sept. 2012: Our paper " All Inorganic Iron Pyrite Nano-Heterojunction Solar Cells" was accepted for pubicationh in Nanoscale! The “fool’s gold” iron pyrite becomes viable for solar harvesting.
  • Sept. 2012: Our paper "Nano-Carbon Photovoltaics" was accepted to publish in ACS Nano.!
  • Sept. 2012: Our undergraduate researcher Jennifer Totleben receive the NSF-STEM Renewable Energy Scholarship at KU, and she is also only one chemistry major in the current KU STEM scholars.
  • June, 2012: Our Nanoscale paper on " Surface-Passivated Plasmonic Nano-Pyramids for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell Photocurrent Enhancement" has been selected as Cover Page! Great job!
  • June 2012: Our paper on "Semiconducting Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube and Covalent Organic Polyhedron-C60 Nanohybrids for Light Harvesting" was accepted to publish in Chem. Comm.! Congratulations to Jess and coauthors.
  • June 2012L: Our paper on "Surface-Passivated Plasmonic Nano-Pyramids for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell Photocurrent Enhancement" was accepted to publish in Nanoscale! Congratulations to Alec and coauthors.
  • May 2012: Undergraduate student Lianna Dang was awarded 3rd place in the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Paper Competition for her "nanocatalysis" project, which is collaborated with Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC).
  • May 2012: Graduate student Alec Kirkeminde received the Snyder Award.
  • May 2012: Undergraduate researcher Lianna Dang received the Clark and Ann Bricker Scholarship.
  • Apr. 2012: Dr. Ren and Alec Kirkeminde gave a talk on plasmonic enhanced solar cells at 2012 MRS Spring Meeting (SF, CA).
  • Mar. 2012: Duan et al. “Synthesis and characterization of a multi-arm poly(acrylic acid) star polymer for application in sustained delivery of cisplatin and a nitric oxide prodrug”,  Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry.
  • Feb. 10, 2012: Our paper on “Synthesis and Optoelectronic Properties of Two-Dimensional FeS2 Nanoplates” is accepted to publish in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces!
  • Jan. 2012: Dr. Ren’s book chapter on “Energy Nanomaterials” accepted by RSC Green Chemistry Book series, edited by Dr. Rafael Luque and Rajenda Varma.
  • Jan. 2012: Ms. Yueying Liu joined the group as a visiting graduate student from UMD.
  • Dec. 28, 2011: The first paper of our group on "Organic Exciton Multiferroic" is accepted to publish in Advanced Materials!
  • Aug. 2011: Dr. Ren joined Chemistry@KU.

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