Nitroxide Radical (Electro)Chemistry
Nitroxide radicals are the most studied stable organic radicals due to their widespread applications as spin-biolabel, redox-probe, organic catalysis, and energy storage. The structure of nitroxide radicals dictates their fundamental chemical reactivity and electrochemical properties.
Our studies focus on their molecular design, synthesis, and structure-properties relationship.
Electrochemical properties of redox-active polymers are determined by the structure of the types of redox-active groups, backbone compositions, and polymer architectures.
Our aims are to synthesize well-defined redox-active polymers and study the structural impact on their electrochemical performance, providing insights into the applications in energy storage and organic catalysis.
Polymer Energy Storage
Developing organic electroactive materials in energy storage could greatly alleviate the dependence on metal composites hence mitigate the potential pollution of toxic metal ions to the environment. In addition, the materials for fabricating all-organic batteries could be derived from biomass and even designed to be fully degradable.
Our work focus on developing fully plastic batteries with high energy and power density.
Encapsulation of catalytic active centres into polymer nanostructures represents a simple and effective strategy towards enzyme mimicry.
Our research aims to develop polymer-based nartificial enzymes for chemical or electrochemical catalytic reactions with targets on organic electrosynthesis and environmental remediation.
Polymers from Biomass
Biomass conversion into value-added biopolymer materials represents a promising and sustainable alternative to synthetic plastics.
We are currently working with Prof Wei Zhang from the Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (CMBD) to develop new biopolymers with improved mechanical strength for 3D-bioprinting.