RESEARCH SUMMARY

LOW-ENERGY DRIVEN SUBMOLECULAR UNIT FOR ACTUATION AND ENERGY CONVERSION AND HARVESTING

Biological activities are controlled by highly-efficient and fully-recoverable conformational changes. Inspired by nature, we are investigating if a low-energy driven submolecular conformational change can be used for harvesting waste thermal energy and enabling heliotropism for autonomous power-free solar tracking. 

HIERARCHICAL 3D FUNCTIONALIZED NANOCARBON FOR GREEN ENERGY STORAGE AND CONVERSION

We are creating free-standing hierarchical 3D electrode platforms that consist of a well-defined and reproducible 3D carbon surface grafted with engineered functional species for electrocatalysis for efficient energy conversion and energy storage.

DYNAMIC SCAFFOLD FOR STEM CELL DIFFERENTIATION

Combining near-infrared stimuli-responsive polymeric composites with optical wavefront engineering, we are developing a new platform that can impose spatiotemporally-controlled force on cells to control stem cell differentiation.

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