Jier Huang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physical and Materials Chemistry
Professor Huang received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou University (China) in 2001, an M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Lanzhou in 2004, and her Ph.D. degree from Emory University in 2010 working under the direction of Prof. Tianquan Lian. Her interests in biomimetic photosynthetic and photovoltaic materials led her to postdoctoral research at Argonne National Laboratories. She joins the faculty at Marquette as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013.
Solar energy is one of the best solutions to meet future energy demands because it is the most abundant and sustainable natural energy source. Because of its promising applications, there is a growing desire to develop effective strategies for direct harvest and conversion of solar energy into a usable energy format. There are two different strategies for solar energy conversion: direct conversion of solar energy into electricity through a photovoltaic cell and direct conversion of sunlight into fuel by artificial photosynthesis. The research in our group focuses on the development of cutting edge new materials for photovoltaics and artificial photosynthetic systems utilizing a unique approach by combining hybrid synthesis with advanced state-of-art characterization. The ongoing research explicitly targets:
- Synthesis and design of new hybrid materials with semiconductor nanoparticle as photosensitizers
- Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for solar fuel generation
- Photoinduced interfacial charge separation dynamics using ultrafast laser spectroscopy
- Time-resolved and real-time structural characterization of hybrid materials using X-ray absorption and X-ray scattering techniques
- Electrochemical and photochemical water splitting
The research in our group is the convergence of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, material science, and physics. Both graduate and undergraduate students will be actively integrated and have multidisciplinary training in all aspects of the research listed above. The students will be exposed to a wide range of state-of-art techniques for synthesis and characterization that are available on campus, including UV-vis, FTIR, electrochemistry, Gas Chromatography and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Special structural characterization using synchrotron based X-ray techniques is conducted at the world-class user facilities which are available in National Laboratories.
There are openings for PhD and undergraduate students as well as postdocs.
- "Photodriven Charge Separation Dynamics in CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell/Quantum Dot/Cobaloxime Hybrid for Efficient Hydrogen Production", J. Huang, K. L. Mulfort, P. Du, and L. X. Chen, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 16472.
- “Highly Efficient Ultrafast Electron Injection from the Singlet MLCT Excited State of CuI-diimine Complexes to TiO2 Nanoparticles.”, J. Huang, B. Onur, M. W. Mara, O. Buyukcakir, A. Coskun, N. Dimitrijevic, G. Barin, O. Kokhan, A. Stickrath, R. Ruppert, D. M. Tiede, J. Sauvage, J. F. Stoddart, L. X. Chen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 12711.
- "Multiple Exciton Dissociation in CdSe Quantum Dots by Electron Transfer to Methylene Blue", J. Huang, Z. Huang, Y. Yang, H. Zhu, T. Lian, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4858.
- “Exciton Dissociation in CdSe Quantum Dots by Hole Transfer to Phenothiazine”, J. Huang, Z. Huang, S. Jin, T. Lian, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 19734.
- “Photoinduced Ultrafast Electron Transfer from CdSe Quantum Dots to Re-bipyridyl Complexes”, J. Huang, D. Stockwell, Z. Huang, D. L. Mohler, T. Lian, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5632.
- “Comparison of Electron Injection Dynamics from Rhodamine B to In2O3, SnO2, and ZnO Nanocrystalline Thin Films”, J. Huang, D. Stockwell, A. Boulesbaa, J. Guo, T. Lian, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 5203.
- “High Dispersion and Eletrocatalytic Properties of Platinum Nanoparticles on Surface-oxidized Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes”, J. Huang, D. Guo, Y. Yao, H. Li, J. Electroanal. Chem. 2005, 577, 93.
- “Well-dispersed Single-walled Carbon Nanotube/Polyaniline Composite Films”, J. Huang, X. Li, J. Xu, H. Li, Carbon 2003, 41, 2731.