Surfing the history of human civilization, energy and water were probably the most essential elements drove the rise and decline of a nation. While advanced biomedical technology is somehow a luxury; as creatures, living better and longer has been our instinctive pursuit. Energy and biomedical research therefore have emerged as the most popular themes – to which the most research funding are going. To survive, we have piloted our focus from the mesoporous materials to energy and biomedical related research.
Solar, Supercapacitor and Battery Materials
Synthesis of Cu-In-S based nanoparticles and nanowires and use of such low dimensional building blocks for low-cost device fabrication; design and synthesis of hierarchical composites, including oxides and graphite with controlled structure and composition, Li-intercalatable nanostructure, and thin film devices.
Biomolecular Delivery and Biocomposites
Design and synthesis of nanocapsules of proteins, si-RNA, DNA and virus, with high delivery efficiency, intracellular stability and activity. Extensive research has been focusing on bio-distribution, therapeutic effect, immunoresponse and inter-cellular transport for imaging, cosmetic, therapeutic, bio-defense, and other applications. We are also interested in integrating bioactive molecules with synthetic materials leading to a new class of bioactive robust composites.