Pan Group Photo Spring 2020
Pan Group Photo Spring 2020


(Photo)electrocatalytic electrode materials for clean energy technologies
Our group is currently developing functional low-dimension metallic and semiconductor electrode materials with synergistic functions for sunlight harvesting, conversion, and storage into chemical fuels. Research in this area emphasizes the unique catalytic and photonic properties of nanostructured electrode materials to enhance the efficiency and selectivity of the solar-to-fuel conversion. Advanced electrochemistry and spectroscopy techniques are frequently used in our research to study the structure-function relationships and surface chemistry of these materials. 

Recent publications (Complete publication list)

  1. Electrochemical Deposition of Organometallic Halide Perovskite Single Crystal Particles with Density Gradients and Their Stability, Fluorescence, and Photoelectrochemical Properties, Journal of Physical Chemistry C , 2020
  2. Investigating the Redox Properties of Two-Dimensional MoS2 Using Photoluminescence Spectroelectrochemistry and Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2020
  3. Precious metal-free solar-to-fuel generation: SSM-DSCs powering water splitting with NanoCOT and NiMoZn electrocatalysts, Chem. Commun.2020, 56, 1569-1572,
  4. High-Throughput Screening and Surface Interrogation Studies of Au-Modified Hematite Photoanodes by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy for Solar Water Splitting”, ACS Omega2019
  5. Submission Confirmation for Scalable Core-shell MoS2/Sb2Se3 Nanorod Array Photocathodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Solar RRL, 2019,

Optoelectrochemical sensors for ultrasensitive chemical imaging and detection
We are interested in developing optoelectrochemical techniques for ultrasensitive quantitative analysis of biomolecules and localized redox activities with improved spatial and spectral and temporal resolutions.

Recent publications (Complete publication list)

  1. Dark-Field Scattering Spectroelectrochemistry Analysis of Hydrazine Oxidation at Au Nanoparticle-Modified Transparent Electrodes. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122 (32), 18603-18614.
  2. Single gold nanoparticle electrode for electrogenerated chemiluminescence and dark field scattering spectroelectrochemistry. Electrochemistry Acta 2018, 269, 291-298.
  3. The Observation of Local Redox Events at Individual Au Nanoparticles and Rapid Particle Sizing Using Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence Microscopy, J. Phys. Chem. C2015119 (48), 27095–27103.
  4. A Dark Field Scattering Spectroelectrochemistry Technique for Tracking the Electrodeposition of Single Ag Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135(46),17250-17253.
  5. Understanding spatial and temporal heterogeneities of electrochemical events using combined optical and electrochemical methods: recent progress and perspectives”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 20797-20807.