Fluorinated Materials Group

    Principle Investigator
    Haoran Sun
    Professor of Chemistry
    Director, Center for Fluorinated         Functional Materials

    Ph.D. Jilin University
Department of Chemistry & Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials
University of South Dakota 
Office: 315 Pardee-Estee Laboratory
Tel: 605-658-6740  Fax:605-658-6747
To perspective students, postdocs, and visiting scholars: Our research program provides training for students in the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, fluorine chemistry, and optical and electronic materials chemistry. A student/postdoc working in our research group will gain practical experience in multi-step synthesis, modern separation and characterization techniques, air-sensitive techniques, and modern electrochemical techniques including spectroelectrochemistry, and computational methods (ab initio, DFT, MP2). In addition to these technical skills, students will also gain knowledge and skills important to their professional development.
Group photo, summer 2022
Group News

June, 2022, congratulations, Siyu, for successful landed a senior materials researcher in QuantumScape. She will apply her knowledge and skills in fluorine chemistry and electrochemistry to help the company to developing the next-generation lithium-ion battery for EVs.

May, 2022, congrats, Jordan, for your new job in Raybow PharmaScience. Jordan will help the company on R&D of new pharmaceuticals with his in-depth of organic and fluorine chemistry knowledge and skills. 

May, 2022, our undergraduate, Brady landed an industrial job at the Continuus Materials in Des Moines, Iowa, right after finishing his BS degree in chemistry from USD. Way to go, Brady, congrats! Brady did his undergraduate research in our group and was a winner of the USD Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards. 

Jan. 25, 2022: A manuscript done by Anji, Shankar, and Yao in a collaborative effort has been accepted for publication on CrystEngComm. Nice work everyone!

Our recent work on deoxyfluorination of carboxylic acids with KF and electron-deficient fluoroarenes, J. Org. Chem. 2021, 86, 6066. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c02491was featured in Org. Chem. Highlights: Functional Group Interconversion

Jan. 20, 2022: Shankar won a poster presentation award at the 25th Winter Fluorine Conference. Congratulations!

Nov. 18, 2021: Congratulations to Brady won the 2022 Undergraduate Research Excellence Award!  

July 2021: Congratulations to Tania for your successful MS thesis defense. 

Congrats, Siyu and Jordan,  nice job on the JOC publication!

March 2021: Congratulations, Dr. Siyu Mao, for your successful PhD dissertation defense!

Welcome new graduate students Tania and Yao joining our group!

June 22nd, 2018, Welcome Dr. Khagendra Hamal, a recent PhD graduate from University of Nevada, Reno, to join us.  Dr. Hamal will work on new fluorination strategy involving sp and sp2 carbon. 

As of May 2018, our new  state-of-art battery testing system including a two-person MBrun glovebox and a 32 channels Arbin battery tester is uprunning.  This adds new research capacity to our group as well as the new Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials.

Welcome undergraduate researchers  Brock, Jack, and Lorenzo to join our group for summer research.

Congratulations, Siyu,  for winning the Graduate School Research Grant, Nice Job!

July 1st, 2017, the Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials is up running with the $2.7 M support from the State of South Dakota. For more details, please see the USD news release.

Congratulations Erika, for winning the National Merit Scholarship! Excellent job!

Welcome our new undergraduate researchers Gisele Andree (U. Mass. Amherst) and James May (Univ. of Montana) and college-bound students Erika Moen  (will be a chemistry major at Univ. Oklahoma) and Elizabeth Butler (will be a biochemistry major at Univ. Minnesota).  

April 20, 2016, Great news for Joshua Arens, he just learned that he was selected as one of the recipients for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Congratulations, Josh!  See more details on press release.

Congrats Josh for winning the University of South Dakota Undergraduate Research Excellence Award.

Congratulations to Mo and John for their new publication on Crystal Growth & Design, DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b01291 . Nice job!
Congratulations to our group members John Becker, Siyu Mao, and Jordan Kramer for winning the 2016 Student Research & Creative Activity grants from the Graduate School. Excellent Job!