Fluorinated Materials Group

Principle Investigator
Haoran Sun
Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1996, Jilin University
Department of Chemistry
University of South Dakota 
Office: 315 Pardee-Estee Laboratory
Tel: 605-677-7284 Fax:605-677-6397
We welcome visiting scholars, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students to join our research group.

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 picture of Summer 2016 (Front row from left: Dr. Li, Siyu, Gisele, Erika, Liz; back row from left: Zuchen, John, James, Jordan and Dr. Sun)
Group News

New postdoc opening:  our group is looking for a highly motivated  recent PhD graduate in chemistry to join us to tackle some of the challenging problems related to  fluorinated functional materials with focus on energy conversion and storage.  Multistep organic synthesis experience is a plus. Please follow the South Dakota Board of Regents website to apply. https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/9979

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!

Our undergraduate researcher, Joshua Arens, was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Congratulations, Josh! Job well done!

Mo successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Nov. 3rd. He will leave our group for his postdoc position at Oklahoma State University this December, Congratulations, MO, job well done! 
Welcome new students, Jordan Kramer from University of South Dakota and Zuchen Sun from Peking University to join our lab.
We extend a warm welcome to our new postdoc, Dr. Yingzhi Li, from Dong Hua University!
Our high school interns' excellent work on contact angle measurement was recently reported by local newspaper Vermillion Plain Talk  (August 2015).  
Mo just published an article in an ACS journal: Crystal Growth & Design.
Cryst. Growth Des., 2015, 15 (5), pp 2235–2242, DOI: 10.1021/cg501894u
Jordan and Adam's work in their undergraduate summer research was just published online as an ASAP article in the Journal of Chemical Education, a high quality chemical education journal published by ACS.



Our group's research achievement was recently recognized by the University of South Dakota. Dr. Sun was awarded the USD President's Award for Research Excellence. Read more.
Recently, our lithium battery project was funded by NASA in collaboration with SDSM&T and SDSU. Our group's work is focused on fluorinated electrolyte materials for nonflammable lithium batteries.
March 19, 2014. Our research project on Rational Design of Perfluoroalkylated N- and S-Containing Heteroaromatics for Engineering High Performance Air-stable OFET Materials with Lamellar pi-pi Stacked Structure was funded by the NSF CAREER program
March 6, 2014:.Congratulations, Mo, for your successful PhD proposal defense. Nice work!
Feb. 6, 2014. Dr. Sun received a Teaching and Learning Grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning at USD.
Nov. 27, 2013. Congratulations Anji, Jeff, and Dr. Wang for your new publication in Crystal Growth & Design 14, 350-356 (2014). doi:10.1021/cg401637a.
Nov. 26, 2013, Congratulations, Anji, for your successful PhD thesis defense. Excellent work!
Oct. 15, 2013. Our new interdisciplinary project with the USD medical school was funded.
July 29, 2013. Congratulations Dr. Wang, Anji, Jeff, and Qiang for the acceptance of your manuscript for publication in JPC C.
July 19, 2013. Congratulations Jeff and Qiang for your publications in JPC A and ECS Transactions.