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  We focus on the material engineering based on light atoms for the purpose of realizing a wide-range electronic/band property tuning, from insulators (e. g. h-BN), semiconductors (carbon nitride) to conductors (carbon). This should be of fundamental importance in understanding many other interesting properties for a material, including optical, electrical, transport, optoelectrical properties, etc. We explore these materials for luminescence, bioimaging/medical, energy storage and photoelectrical conversion applications.

  Light atoms including boron, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen can form various building blocks that could be used for further construction of many materials. These atoms locate at the neighboring positions at the second row of the periodic table, which are close with each other and can effectively form conjugated structures. It is expected that the structures and properties of this type of materials are highly tunable through rational designs.



Open positions are availale in our group for Postdoc Researchers and Research Associates.

(2022.06.13) An all-printed glucose sensor integrated with a zinc ion microbattery as the micropower source for portable and onsite quick glucose detections.

                     Reported by Mat+, Materials Views China.

(2022.02.25) Gram-scale fabrications of BN nanosheets by NaCl-template method and their applications for CPT drug delivery.

(2021.11.12) A special Issue "Functional Semiconducting Nanomaterials for Sustainable Development" in Materials (SCI, IF3.623) is open, welcome for submissions!

(2021.05.27) Lula Zeng and Zhiwei Chen successfully defended their MSc thesis, congratulations!

(2021.05.17) Kang Jiang gives an oral talk in "2021全国电化学能量转换与存储材料学术会议" held in Chong Qing.

(2021.05.13) BON nanozyme: A new efficient anticancer mechanism discovered for BN nanomedicines.

(2021.05.11) Miniaturized lithium-ion microbatteries as micropower sources often have considerable footprint areas and low areal energy densities and lack effective packaging technologies. We propose a tube-in-tube configuration for microbatteries and achieve a small packaging footprint and high packaged areal energy density. Reported by X-MOL.

(2021.04.26) Prof. Weng was honored as Vebleo Fellow and invited to give a keynote talk in the Webinar on Materials Science, Engineering and Technology.

"Vebleo Fellow recognizes researcher or scientist who has prominence and leadership in the field of science, engineering, and technology. This recognition serves to honour and acknowledge their career achievement."

(2021.02.19) BN ceramic aerogel composed of porous BN fibers realizes >99% Microcystis and >98% E. coli cell removals from water.

(2021.02.19) Engraving soft template is a simple and powerful strategy for fabrications of zinc ion microbatteries featured with various shapes on different substrates. See details here.

                     Reported by Materials Views China.

(2020.10.16) Carbon and oxygen co-doping of BN realizes boosting affinities for hydrogen storage. The co-doped BN with the specific surface area of only 397 m2 g-1 shows higher H2 storage capacity compared with those of the undoped BNs having the SSA up to 1290 m2 g-1. See details in "Hydrogen Storage in Carbon and Oxygen Co-Doped Porous Boron Nitrides".

                     Reported by Materials Views China.


Financial supporters:

§ Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Hunan University

§ National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

§ Department of Science and Technology, Hunan Province

§ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Germany

§ Japan Society for Promotion Science (JSPS), Japan

School of material science and engineering, Hunan University

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