8 Sep 2014 - The group welcomes Dieter Faltermeier, a visiting student from University of Heidelberg, Germany working on PAA/zwitterionic-coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as MRI Agents

3 Sep 2014 - Following Manda's paper on planar perovskite deposition method, a new paper with Fuzhi Huang as first author has been accepted by the Nano Energy journal, also showing a new and facile method for the deposition of a high quality planar perovskite layer, with efficiencies reaching 17%. The article can be read here.

25 Aug 2014 - The group welcomes Carmen Rühl, a visiting student from University of Heidelberg, Germany working on assemblies of hexadentate bispidine attached PAA-coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as PET Imaging Agents

18 Aug 2014 - The group welcomes Elina Fuks, a visiting student from University of Heidelberg, Germany working on novel redox mediators for dye sensitized solar cells.

28 Jul 2014 - The group welcomes Chun Kiu Ng, an undergraduate research project student working on demonstrating direct solar-to-fuel conversion using next generation solar cells and water splitting catalysts.

22 Jul 2014 - A new paper with Manda Xiao as first author has been accepted by the Angewandte Chemie journal and considered as hot paper, the group's first article on perovskite solar cells. The title of the paper is "A fast deposition-crystallization procedure for highly efficient lead iodide perovskite thin flm solar cells." Summary of the article:
We report that flat, uniform thin films of CH3NH3PbI3 can be deposited by a one-step, solvent-induced, fast crystallization method involving spin-coating of a DMF solution of CH3NH3PbI3 followed immediately by exposure to chlorobenzene to induce crystallization. Planar heterojunction solar cells constructed with these solution-processed thin films yielded an average power conversion efficiency of 13.9% ± 0.7% and a best efficiency of 16.2% under standard AM1.5G conditions.
The article can be read here.

23 Jul 2014 - Dr. Wanchun Xiang is leaving the group for his new position as researcher at Wuhan University of Technology in China.

7 Jul 2014 - Release of the group's new website.

23 May 2014 - In collaboration with the group of Xin Li at Harbin Institute of Technology a facile strategy has been developed to improve the performance of aqueous DSC, which uses octadecyltrichlorosilane (ODTS) to form an organic barrier layer (ODTS) on the titania surface. This layer suppresses electron recombination by preventing redox-active species from approaching the titania surface and has resulted in a record aqueous DSCs efficiency of 5.6%.
The resulting article, published on the Angewandte Chemie journal, can be read here.

11 Apr 2014 - A new paper, with Mathias Wiechen as first author, has been published on the Energy & Environmental Science journal as an invited review. The title of the paper is "Water oxidation catalysis by manganese oxides: learning from evolution". The article can be read here.

31 Mar 2014 - A new article has been published on the Small journal, reaching a front cover feature, regarding Zwitterionic-Coated "Stealth" Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications. Summary of the article:
Cloak of invisibility ‐ Studies on the ability of zwitterionic coatings to minimise the nonspecific adsorption of biomolecules to the surface of nanoparticles thereby enabling them to evade phagocytosis are reviewed. This approach represents a very promising route for the development of clinically-approved nanoparticle-based theranostic agents with fewer off-target effects.
The article can be read here.