Fluorinated Materials Group

Haoran Sun, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 1996, Jilin University
Department of Chemistry
University of South Dakota 
Office: 315 Pardee Laboratory
Tel: 605-677-7284 Fax:605-677-6397
Current Research: Our research is focused on the synthesis of two classes of molecules: functional organic materials with special optical and electronic properties, and biologically relevant small organic molecules. The aim of our research is to provide tools for and insights into two technologically important problems: solar energy conversion and drug development. One of our strategies is to utilize the unique properties of organofluorine compounds as a toolbox for organic synthesis and to prepare probes of biological function. A unique element of our research will be the development and utilization of new fluoroorganic chemistry. For more information about our research activities and exciting results, please visit our research page. 

To perspective students and postdocs: We are constantly looking for talented undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to join us to solving energy and medicinal problems faced by our society. Our research program provides training for students in the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, fluorine chemistry, optical and electronic materials chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry. A student working in our research group will gain practical experience in multi-step synthesis, modern separation and characterization techniques, air-sensitive techniques, modern electrochemical techniques including spectroelectrochemistry, and computational methods (ab initio, DFT, MP2). In addition to these technical skills, students will also gain knowledge and skill important to their professional development.

Group picture of Summer 2013
Group News

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, Dr. Wang for your new publication on 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 medical school was funded.
July 29, 2013. Congratulations Dr. Wang, Anji, Jeff, and Qiang for the acceptance of your manuscript for publication on JPC C.
July 19, 2013. Congratulations Jeff and Qiang for your publications on JPC A and ECS Transaction.
May 28, 2013. Undergraduate Matt Kibler from Notre Dame joins our group for REU summer research. Welcome, Matt!
April 2013, our lithium battery project was funded by the SD NASA EPSCoR office in collaboration with Dr. Kodalli at USD and Drs. Fong and Smirnova from SDSM&T.
Dec. 12, 2012, Dr. Sun’s collaborative book chapter with Drs. DiMagno and Biffinger was accepted for publication.
Nov. 16, 2012, Qiang’s electrochemistry work is submitted to ECS Transaction.
Oct. 29, 2012, Excellent work, Anji and Justin on your Chem. Comm. paper acceptance.
Oct. 09, 2012 Congratulations to Usha, Jeff, and Anji on the CG&D publication. 
Oct. 08, 2012 Congratulate Usha! Nice Job on your PhD thesis defense.
Oct. 05, 2012 Welcome Mohammad join our group.
July 10, 2012, Anji and a former undergraduate Mike’s JPC paper was published. Congratulations!
June, 2012 Anji successfully defended his PhD research proposal.
May, 2012, Jeff successfully defended his PhD research proposal.
Feb. 2012, Welcome our new member Dr. Zhihua Wang from Henan University.
Jan. 2011, Welcome Professor Changying Yang from China Three Gorges University.
Sept. 2010, Welcome Dr. Yuan join our group.
Oct. 01, 2009, our research project on fluorinated organic semiconductor materials was funded by the Army Research Office. 
May, 2009. Dr. Shanpeng Wen joined our research group.
Aug. 01, 2008, Our research project on DSSCs was funded by South Dakota Board of Regents.