Key energy and environmental problems in industry

In silico design of materials for electrochemical energy storage

With the fast advent of energy harvesting industry, efficiency storage media and techniques are urged. Electrochemical batteries or ultra-capacitors, as powerful and energy-rich candidates, hold great promises in the future of clean energy.

Electrode materials are of key importance in defining the power, capacity and efficiency of an electrochemical energy storage system (EES). With the ability to treat both complicate layered, spinel and olive alloys for cathodes, and nanostructured anodes at a multiscale level spanning from electrons to bulk materials, we are looking into an computer-aided scenario of novel EES materials development.

This project is funded by Procter & Gamble and Duracell.

Bio-inspired osmosis techniques enabled by nanotechnology

With the inspiration from biological membranes and novel techniques in fabricating nanostructured networked/porous structures, we are looking into opportunities in develping high-performance, multi-functional networked nanostructures for both forward and reverse osmosis (FO & RO) applications.

This project is supported by Samsung and IBM.

Nanostructured materials for air safety

With the development in aircrafts and high-speed rail industries, air circulation and filtration systems raise many safety issues. Particulate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacterial and virus particles, if not removed efficiently, will lead to health hazards. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are widely used in commercial aircrafts. By utilizing cutting-edge nanotechnologies, we are developing novel filter materials with high efficiency, durability, and especially, multi-functionalities.

This project is supported by Boeing and MOST 863 program.

Sensors and semiconductors for next-generation electronics

Collaborating with leading semiconductor companies, we are developing bio-inspired, nano-enabled flows sensors, analyzers and novel nano-electronic devices. Assisted by modern semiconductor techniques, smart, powerful and efficient electronics will help to achieve less energy consumption and a better future.

This project is supported by ROHM semiconductors.

Accessible details about current projects can be found in our recent publications