The multi-disciplinary research programs in the Fang Group will focus on the bottom-up synthesis and processing of novel organic polymer materials — namely, ladder and coplanar polymers, as well as microporous polymer networks — for the applications on electronics and energy conversion/storage. Our thrust will be to gain profound understanding on the structure-property relationship of these materials at both the molecular and the macroscopic levels by employing the toolboxes of synthetic chemistry and device engineering. With this knowledge, we aim to establish a series of synthetically feasible, high performing, processable organic carbon-based material systems for field effect transistors, light emitting diodes, solar cells, supercapacitors, and batteries, and to be at the forefront in the enhancement of their efficiencies.
Milestones for these projects are identified as:
In order to achieve these benchmarks, the following strategies will be employed:
Graduate students joining the Fang Group will receive an extensive training across the broad range of contemporary organic, polymer and physical chemistry, materials science and process engineering, on the basis of chemical synthesis. The students are also expected to work and study in a highly collaborative environment, yet to gain a profound understanding in the research area he/she focuses on.
The Fang Group will be equipped with standard synthetic organic/polymer chemistry facilities, including fume hoods, rotary evaporators, dry solvent systems, glove boxes and analytical / preparative GPC systems. In addition, we will obtain instrumentations for thin-film engineering and device characterization, such as spin-coater, vacuum deposition chamber, probe station, and semiconductor characterization system.
B. S., Wuhan University
Ph. D., Northwestern University