Academic Talk:Developing Hybrid Nanostructures for Energy and Biomedical Applications


Presenter:Prof. Dongling Ma (INRS)

Topic:Developing Hybrid Nanostructures for Energy and Biomedical Applications

Time10: 00 am, October 18th (Thursday)

Location:Conference Room B, BLDG 909

Abstract:With unique physical and chemical properties, and high potential for many important applications, nanomaterials have attracted extensive attention in the past two decades. In particular, due to their unique, size- and shape-tunable surface plasmon resonance, plasmonic nanostructures have recently been explored for enhancing the efficiency of solar cells and photocatalysis via improved light scattering, strong near field effect and/or hot electron injection. On the other hand, near infrared quantum dots (QDs) with size tunable bandgaps, broad absorption, narrow and bright emission, and high potential for multiple exciton generation represent a class of promising materials for new generations of solar cells and theranostic agents. Combination of different nanomaterials into a single architecture leads to even more promising, multifunctional nanomaterials. In this talk, I will present our recent work on the synthesis of nanomaterials (including plasmonic nanostructures and NIR QDs), and their assemblies as well as their applications in solar cells, solar fuel, photocatalysis and biomedicine [1-8]. Rational design of hybrid nanomaterials in order to maximize benefits is highlighted.

BiographyProf. Dongling Ma joined Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in 2006. Since then, she has been leading the Laboratory of Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Applications at the center of Energy, Materials and Telecommunications of INRS. Her research interest consists in the development of various nanoparticles (such as semiconductor quantum dots), 1-dimentional nanostructures (such as carbon nanotubes) and nanohybrids/nanocomposites (such as bimetallic core@shell nanoparticles) for applications in energy (e.g., solar cells), catalysis (including photocatalysis) and biomedical sectors. Concerning her recent work, since 2012 she has published >90 times on nanomaterials research in high quality journals (J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Mater., etc.). She has been invited to talk at prestigious international conferences (such as ACS, ECS & MRS) and universities, with ~90 invited talks since 2012 (not including those she declined). She serves as an Editorial Advisory Board member of ACS Energy Lett., an Editorial Board member of Sci. Rep., an associate editor of Rev. Nanosci. Nanotech., and a panel / committee member for different funding agencies. She is an active Member of the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving & Storage.

Before joining INRS, she was awarded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Visiting Fellowships in 2004-2006 and had worked at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council of Canada for about two and half years (Feb 2004- June 2006). With both B.Sc. degree (in Materials Science) and M.Sc. (in Polymer Materials Science) from Zhejiang University (China), she studied for her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (Sep 2000-Jan 2004).

Contact: Prof. Baoquan Sun

Editor:Ming Lu


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