N-Annulated Perylene as An Efficient Electron Donor for Porphyrin-based Dyes: Enhanced Light-Harvesting Ability and High-efficiency Co(II/III)-based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
A new benchmark dye for dye-sensitized solar cell! In a recent Article published in JACS (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja409291g), A/P Wu Jishan and his local/international collaborators synthesized a series of N-annulated perylene substituted and fused porphyrin dyes, which showed largely enhanced light harvesting capability in particular in the near infrared region. As a result, one of the dyes exhibited a power conversion efficiency of around 11%, which is comparable and even slightly higher than that of the benchmark dye YD2-o-C8 under same conditions.
Observing High Pressure Chemistry in Graphene Bubbles
The above recent work by the team of Professor Loh Kian Ping has been chosen as a "Hot Paper" by the editors of Angewandte Chemie for its importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest. It is also highlighted in Chemistry World published by Royal Society of Chemistry.
Reference: C H Y X Lim, M Nesladek and K P Loh, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2013, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201308682
Read more: Royal Society of Chemistry
Dibenzoheptazethrene Isomers with Different Biradical Characters: An Exercise of Clar’s Aromatic Sextet Rule in Singlet Biradicaloids
Extension of the Clar’s Aromatic Sextet Rule to the singlet biradicaloids!
In a recent Article published in JACS (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja410279j), A/P Wu Jishan and his local/international collaborators demonstrated that Clar’s Aromatic Sextet Rule can be further extended from the closed-shell polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to the open-shell polycyclic hydrocarbon systems, and provides an important guideline for the design of singlet biradicaloids with tailored biradical character and tunable optical, electronic and magnetic properties.
Order–disorder Transition in a Two-dimensional Boron–Carbon–Nitride Alloy
A team lead by Professor Loh Kian Ping reported the mixing and demixing of 2-D boron–nitrogen and carbon phases and found that energetics for such processes are modified by the metal substrate. The brick-and-mortar patchwork observed of stoichiometrically percolated hexagonal boron–carbon–nitride domains surrounded by a network of segregated graphene nanoribbons can be described within the Blume–Emery–Griffiths model applied to a honeycomb lattice.The isostructural boron nitride and graphene assumes remarkable fluidity and can be exchanged entirely into one another by a catalytically assistant substitution. Visualizing the dynamics of phase separation at the atomic level provides the premise for enabling structural control in a 2-D network for broad nanotechnology applications
Read more: Nature Communications
Make Caffeine Visible: A Fluorescent Caffeine "Traffic Light" Detector
Caffeine has attracted abundant attention due to its extensive existence in beverages and medicines. However, to detect it sensitively and conveniently remains a challenge, especially in resource-limited regions. Here we report a novel aqueous phase fluorescent caffeine sensor named Caffeine Orange which exhibits 250-fold fluorescence enhancement upon caffeine activation and high selectivity. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicate that p-stacking and hydrogen-bonding contribute to their interactions while dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy experiments demonstrate the change of Caffeine Orange ambient environment induces its fluorescence emission. To utilize this probe in real life, we developed a non-toxic caffeine detection kit and tested it for caffeine quantification in various beverages. Naked-eye sensing of various caffeine
concentrations was possible based on color changes upon irradiation with a laser pointer. Lastly, we performed the whole system on a microfluidic device to make caffeine detection quick, sensitive and automated.
Read more: ABC News, RealClearScience
Professor JJ Vittal has been invited to give a talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering, June 1-6, 2014 at Waterville Valley, NH, USA. He was a discussion leader at the last GRC meeting in 2012 on the same topic.
Professor Lee Hian Kee has been placed in the technical trade journal The Analytical Scientist's (print circulation: 21,000; digital circulation: 58,000) "Power List: 100 Most Influential People in the Analytical Sciences"
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Congratulation to Assoc Prof Lai Yee Hing for winning the Teaching Honour Roll Award AY2012/2013.
Congratulation to Dr Zhang Sheng for winning the Excellent Young Teacher Award AY2012/2013.
Congratulation to Fung Fun Man for winning the Teaching Assistant (Full-time) Award AY2012/2013.
Congratulation to Mr Chen Litai, Jeremiah , Mr Irwan Iskandar Bin Roslan, Ms Lee Si Ni and Mr Yu Zongrong, Wesley for winning the Teaching Assistant (Part-time) Award AY2012/2013.
Congratulation to Assoc Prof Lu Yixin for winning the 2013 Outstanding Scientist Award.
Congratulation to Assoc Prof Chen Wei and Dr Yeung Ying Yeung for winning the 2013 Young Scientist Award.
Congratulation to Ms Chan Yi Zhen June, Ms Jiang Xiaohui, Mr Lee Yoon Kuang, Mdm Lim Nyoon Keow, Mr Phua Wei De Victor, Mdm Tan Geok Kheng, Ms Tan Lay San, Mdm Toh Soh Lian and Mdm Wong Lai Kwai for winning the 2013 Outstanding Service Award.
Congratulation to Mr Abdul Rahaman Bin Mohd Noor, Mdm Lim May Lee and Mdm Valli d/o Arunasalam for winning the 2013 Commendation Award.
Congratulation to Assoc Prof Wu Jishan and Dr Yeung Ying Yeung for winning the 2013 Outstanding Chemist and 2013 Young Chemist Award.
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