Research Highlights

Research Highlights
Research Highlights

Professor Alexander Sinitskii featured on the cover of Advanced Electronic Materials

Professor Alexander Sinitskii and a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska and Drexel University had a recent publication featured on the cover of Advanced Electronic Materials. Their paper demonstrated that modifying the traditional method of synthesizing the MXene can substantially affect the structure and related properties of its individual, nanoscopic flakes.

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A recent publication by College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean Joseph Francisco, Dr. Xiao Zeng, and their colleagues was featured on the cover of the January 11th edition of JACS and on JACS spotlights. The article reports results from high-level electronic structure calculations as well as both classical and Born—Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of glyoxal solvation at the air/liquid water interface.

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Morin, team show potential of 'stretchable surfaces'

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Morin and his colleagues for their recent publications in Small and Chemistry of Materials! The team’s recently published research demonstrates how the chemistry of stretchable surfaces can affect their interactions with microscopic particles – and enhance or streamline processes usually conducted on rigid foundations.

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A recent publication by Professor Xiao Zeng & his colleagues at Brown University and Nanyang Technology University has made the cover of Advanced Energy Materials. Their article explores the use of coarse-grained CsSnl3 perovskite thin films as a light absorber for efficient lead-free perovskite solar cells. The demonstrated strategies provide guidelines and prospects for developing future high-performance lead-free solar cells.

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Water-loving chemist also explores clusters of gold atoms

Congratulations to Prof. Xiao Zeng and his colleagues for their publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Communications! Zeng’s publication in PNAS focuses on his findings on the hydrophobicity of proteins. His publication in Nature Communications proposes a grand unified model for understanding the structural richness of the 71 liganded gold clusters now known.

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Team exploits weak intermolecular interactions for photocatalysis
Inner-Sphere Electron Transfer Promoted Hydrodefluorination Reaction in JACS

Congratulations to Dr. Jian Zhang, Dr. Xiao Zeng, and their colleagues for their recent publication in JACS. This joint experimental and theoretical study has designed a strategy to promote the electron transfer against large unfavorable energetics in photoredox catalysis. In this recent work, the "π-hole–π" interaction between polyfluoroarenes (FA) and pyrene-based photocatalysts (Py) was utilized to achieve a metal-free, photocatalytic hydrodefluorination (HDF). They demonstrated that the "π-hole–π" interaction is the key to proceed inner-sphere electron transfer between Py and FA, and thus to promote the unfavorable electron transfer reaction.

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Structural Evolution of Core-Shell Gold Shell Nanoclusters: Aun- (n = 42-50)

A new article by Professor Xiao Zeng and his colleagues has been published in ACS Nano. They report a joint photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and theoretical study of the structural evolution of negatively charged core-shell gold nanoclusters (Aun-) for n = 42-50. The study sheds light on the understanding of the structural evolution of the medium-sized gold nanoclusters and the shells and cores, as well as how the core-shell structures may start to embrace the gold pyramid (bulk-like) fragment.

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Zeng ACS Nano 2016
Structural Evolution of Core-Shell Gold Shell Nanoclusters in ACS Nano