7 world-record performance technologies obtained by our team


I Energy Harvesting

Design and Synthesis of New Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) Materials

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team achieved single-junction organic solar cells with a record efficiency of 11.5%, 

Academic merits: The achievement is noted as a major technological breakthrough in the renowned National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (US Dept of Energy) chart of “best research-cell efficiencies”.

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Flexure-based Precision Roll-to-roll Machine for Fabrication of Flexible Electronics

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team successfully developed a world record technology in precision R2R printing, realizing continuous printing on 4” web with 100 nm resolution

Academic merits: Published in the journal Precision Engineering

Patents: Available

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Using micro-fibrous red phosphorus to produce clean fuel (hydrogen) from water with high efficiency

Innovative Breakthroughs: The micro-fibrous red phosphorous discovered by the team is the non-metal-based photocatalyst with highest efficiency. It is also abundant in the earth’s crust and can be extracted fairly easily. The process of conversion leaves only water as a by-product, without any toxic gas.

Academic merits: Published in the international journal "Angewandte Chemie”.

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Plasmonic and Upconversion Nanomaterials 

Innovative Breakthroughs: Invented an innovative lanthanide-sensitized oxide for capturing infrared light for solar harvesting by solar cells, reaching a maximal efficiency of 16%, which is at least double the efficiency of all other traditional nano-upconversion materials (<5%)

Academic merits: Published in "Nature Communications" under the Nature publishing group. 

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Development of Thermoelectric Generators (TEGs)

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team developed thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that achieved a power density as high as 9.2 mW cm-2 at a temperature difference of 52.5 K, which is the highest value reported so far for the electroplated micro-TEGs in the literature.

Academic merits: Published in the international journal Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

Patents: Available

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II Energy Storage

3D porous carbon foam based composites for high performance supercapacitors

Innovative Breakthroughs: Developed 3D porous carbon foam based composites for high performance supercapacitors, giving some of the highest reported values for asymmetric supercapacitors.

Academic merits: Published in the journal "Nano Energy".

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High-energy-density and low-cost zinc/iodine-bromide redox flow battery (ZIBB)

Innovative Breakthroughs:  Developed a new high-energy-density and low-cost zinc/iodine-bromide redox flow battery (ZIBB) achieving the highest reported energy density to-date.

Academic merits: Published in the journal “Energy & Environmental Science”, and was featured by the magazine “Chemistry World”, published by The Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom.

Patents: Available

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