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 2015 (from left: Mo, John, Erika, Liz, Siyu, and Dr. Sun)
Group News
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 this August.  
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.