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  English.dicp.cas.cn    Posted:2010-06-30
Intriguing Properties of Nanographenes -From Carbon Nanoribbons to Their Inorganic Cousins

Time:Jun. 30, 2010  PM14:30

Location:Academic Hall on Foor 1 of SKLC

Pro. Zhonghe Chen

Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00923, USA

The carbon nanographene ribbons have a unique electronic structure critically depending on the edge shapes, and these properties endow graphene-based materials many applications. Such planar structures are not limited to carbon, the inorganic nanoribbons also exhibit many intriguing properties. Here we will present our recent efforts in exploring the intrinsic properties of organic and inorganic nanoribbons, and their applications by means of density functional computations.
Dr. Zhongfang Chen got his PhD degree at Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, 2000. He then perform postdoc research at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Department of Chemistry, Center for Computational Chemistry, University of Georgia. Since 2008, he is an associate professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
Current Main Research Topics:
(1) One-dimensional nanomaterials (nanotubes, nanocables, peapods, etc)
(2) Novel materials for hydrogen and lithium storage
(3) Endohedral metallofullerenes and related endohedral clusters
(4) Molecules with novel bonding patterns
a. Planar hypercoordinate carbon and other elements
b. Novel aromaticity
(5) Nanocatalysis 
(6) Toxicity prediction of nanomaterials


129 publications, including Chem. Rev. (3), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (12), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (7) and Phys. Rev. Lett. (2), Nano Lett.(1) and ACS Nano (2).  49 first-authored, 55 correspondence-authored, total citation number over 2500, h-index 28. Seven papers were highlighted by news media (Chem. & Eng. News and/or Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Nature China); seven were highlighted as cover pictures of scientific journals (ChemPhysChem, J. Comput. Chem., J. Phys. Chem. A, J. Phys. Chem. C., PCCP, J. Chem. Theory Comput.), one as the frontispiece (Chem. Eur. J.); one article was featured by Nature Chemistry; Two articles in Chem. Rev. were ranked as “hot paper”, “most-cited” or “most-accessed article” by ACS publications.

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