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Abstract: Polymers have been traditionally used as electrically insulating materials: after all, metal wires are coated in plastics to insulate them. However, various conjugated macromolecules with alternating single and double bonds have been synthesized with unusual electrical and optical properties through the π-electron delocalization along their 1D backbones. A number of synthetic methods have also been devised to produce conjugated polymers with the processing advantages of plastics and the optoelectronic properties of inorganic semiconductors for energy conversion and storage, including polymer photovoltaic cells. Having conjugated all-carbon structures, carbon nanomaterials, including 1D carbon nanotubes and 2D graphene, also possess certain similar optoelectronic characteristics as conjugated macromolecules. Thus, carbon nanomaterials (e.g., 1D carbon nanotubes, 2D graphene sheets, 3D carbon architectures) have been playing a more and more important role in the development of efficient energy conversion and storage devices. In this talk, I will present some of our rational concepts for the design and development of functional conjugated polymers and multidimensional carbon nanomaterials for various energy-related applications, including polymer solar cells containing graphene nanosheets for improving charge transport, fuel cells and metal-air batteries with carbon nanomaterials as multifunctional metal-free catalysts, and supercapacitors with nanotube/graphene hybrid electrodes for energy storage.

About the Speaker: Dr. Liming Dai’s expertise covers the synthesis, functionalization, and device fabrication of conjugated polymers and carbon nanomaterials for energy-related and biomedical applications. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, and held about 30 issued/applied patents. Dr. Dai serves as an Associate Editor of Nano Energy (Elsevier), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Engineering and Process Technology, and editorial board member of many international journals. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters) and has received various awards, including the 2016 CWRU Faculty Distinguished Research Award, 2016 Honorary Fellow Award from Wollongong University (Australia) and 2016 Honorary Professorship Award from National Central University (Taiwan). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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