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Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group

1. Introduction

Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group (AFMEE) is a research group funded by Ton Duc Thang University. AFMEE’s research focuses on the development of advanced functional materials for alternative sustainable energy resources, efficient energy storage systems as well as novel technologies to tackle environmental pollutions. The research team has the backgrounds ranging from materials science, chemistry, physic, and computational science.

2. Mission and vision

With the rapid development of the global economy and the growing of the world’s population, energy crisis, and environment pollution arise to be major global problems in the 21st century. The majority of the human energy sources is fossil fuel; however the supplies are limited and will be depleted in a few decades. Moreover, the exploitation, transportation, and use of fossil fuels cause numerous severe environmental problems. For example, among many others, those are oil spill, water contamination, air pollution and emission of greenhouse gases. Therefore, there are urgent needs for the development of alternative sustainable energy resources, efficient energy storage systems as well as novel technologies to tackle environmental pollutions.

Solar energy is an abundant and clean energy source. However, the power conversion efficiency of single-junction solar cells is modest or it is expensive for multi-junction solar cells. Moreover, the intermittent nature of solar energy requires an efficient energy storage system. Our research interests focus primarily on design and synthesis of advanced functional materials for next generation solar cells and electrochemical energy storage with a high efficiency at a low cost. The breakthrough in these fields plays the key role in solving the problems of the rapid depletion of fossil fuels and the environmental pollutions caused by the exploitation and use of fossil fuels. In addition, we also develop novel materials and technologies to tackle oil spill, water desalination, and air pollution

3. Research topics

• Nanostructured materials for photovoltaics

• Ultrafast spectroscopic study on nanostructured materials

• Development and application of computational methods for designing energy materials

• Advanced functional materials for electrochemical energy storage applications (supercapacitors, hybrid capacitors and aqueous rechargeable batteries)

• Advanced photocatalytic materials for water splitting, CO2 reduction, and waste water treatment

• Single atom catalysts for automobile emission controls, indoor air quality control, removal of volatile organic compounds, and heterogeneous catalysis

• Capacitive deionization for brackish water desalination

• Superhydrophobic materials for oil spill clean-up

4. Current members

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Dr. Doan Huan Tran

Position: Member of Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Areas of expertise: Computational Physics and Materials Science

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Dr. Minh Tuan Trinh

Position: Member of Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Areas of expertise: Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Nano-materials, Organic Semiconductors, Photovoltaics

5. Former members (name, title, picture)

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Dr. Viet Hung Pham

Fomer of Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Dr. Son Thanh Hoang

Fomer of Advanced Functional Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

. Publications (ISI or Scopus only)

3. Vu Ngoc Tuoc, Tran Doan Huan (2018); Predicted Binary Compounds of Tin and Sulfur; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (ISI)

2. Raana Kashfi-Sadabad, Sajad Yazdani, Tran Doan Huan, Zhao Cai, Michael Thompson Pettes (2018); Role of Oxygen Vacancy Defects in the Electrocatalytic Activity of Substoichiometric Molybdenum Oxide; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b03536 (2018) (ISI).

1. Vu Ngoc Tuoc, Tran Doan Huan (2018); Predicted Binary Compounds of Tin and Sulfur; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122, 17067-17072 (2018) (ISI).

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