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  • Quan Li attended 248th American Chemical Society National Fall Meeting, San Francisco, August 10-14, 2014, where he chaired the session: Material, Devices and Switches. His group gave six talks.



  • Quan Li attended the Department of Energy Materials Chemistry Principal Investigators' Meeting, Gaithersburg, Maryland, July 14-16, 2014 and an image from our DOE project was selected for the cover page of this meeting abstract book.



  • Quan Li gave an invited talk on Self-organized Liquid Crystals for Photonics and Energy at 25th International Liquid Crystal Conference, Dublin, Ireland on June 30, 2014.



  • Our project on the lasers is funded by the Army Research Office (ARO).



  • Quan Li gave an invited lecture entitled "Stimuli-Directing Liquid Crystalline Nanostructures: From Photonics to Energy" at College of Engineering, Peking University on June 12, 2014 and an plenary lecture at International Conference on New Energy and Sustainable Development, Beijing, June 14, 2014.



  • Quan Li was invited to write the entry entitled "Liquid Crystals" for the prestigious Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia, John Wiley & Sons, 2014 edition.



  • Springer has commissioned Quan Li to edit the book on anisotropic nanomaterials.



  • In close collaboration with Dave group at Harvard University, a self-organized, phototunable 3D photonic superstructure was fabricated from a photoresponsive 1D liquid crystal for tunable omnidirectional lasing (L. Chen, Y. Li, J. Fan, H. Bisoyi, D. Weitz, and Q. Li, Advanced Optical Materials, 2014, 2)





  • Quan Li wins 2014 Kent State University Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award (Kent State Awards Three for Outstanding Research and Scholarship. An internationally recognized social geographer, a metadata expert and a leading researcher in the science of liquid crystals and nanomaterials received Kent State University 2014 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony and reception on April 16, 2014 on the Kent Campus).



  • Reversible Near-Infrared Light Directed Reflection in a Self-organized Helical Superstructure Loaded with Upconversion Nanoparticles, L. Wang, H. Dong, Y. Li, C. Xue, L. Sun, C. Yan, and Q. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 4480-4483





  • Quan Li proposal on smart energy-saving devices is awarded by Ohio Third Frontier (OTF).



  • Our book entitled "Nanoscience with Liquid Crystals: From Self-Organized Nanostructures to Applications" will be published by Springer in April of 2014.



  • Photodynamic Chiral Molecular Switches with Thermal Stabilities: From Reflection Wavelength Tuning to Handedness Inversion of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures, Y. Li, C. Xue, M. Wang, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13703-13707.





  • Quan Li gave an invited talk entitled "Well-Defined Self-Organized Liquid Crystals for Dynamic Photonics and Energy" at College of Engineering, Ohio State University on November 21, 2013.



  • Welcome new postdoc Dr. Ling Wang to join our group.



  • Welcome new postdoc Dr. Yuan Wang and visiting scientist Dr. Chunbo Zhang to join our group.



  • Quan Li attended 246th American Chemical Society National Fall Meeting, Indianapolis, September 8-12, 2013, where he chaired the session: Physical Organic Chemistry. His group gave four talks.



  • Our work on optically tunbale 3D photonic crystals (T. Lin, Y. Li, C. Wang, H. Jau, C. Chen, C. Li, H. Bisoyi, T. Bunning, and Q. Li, Red, Green and Blue Reflections Enabled in an Optically Tunable Self-Organized 3D Cubic Nanostructured Thin Films, Advanced Materials 2013,25, 5050-5054) was highlighted by Nature Photonics 2013, 7, 767.





  • Our work on hybrid gold nanoparticles (C. Xue, Y. Xue, L. Dai, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, Size and Shape Dependent Fluorescence Quenching of Gold Nanoparticles on Perylene Dye, Advanced Optical Materials 2013,1, 581-587) was highlighted on the cover.





  • Our work on light-driven handedness inversion (Y. Li, M. Wang, T. J. White, T. J. Bunning, and Q. Li, Azoarenes with Opposite Chiral Configurations: Light-Driven Reversible Handedness Inversion in Self-Organized Helical Superstructures, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 8925-8929) was selected as "Hot Paper" by the Editors for its importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest.





  • Quan Li gave an invited talk entitled "Light-Directed Self-Organized Liquid Crystalline Nanostructures: From Photo Display to Dynamic Photonics" at the Gordon Research Conference, Biddeford, Maine, June 17, 2013.



  • Our project on the IR sensors is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).



  • Quan Li attended and gave a talk at the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (DoD MURI) program review meeting on Nanofabrication of Tunable 3D Nanotube Architectures, Arlington, Virginia, June 12, 2013.



  • Our book entitled "Intelligent Stimuli-Responsive Materials: From Well-Defined Nanostructures to Applications" will be published in October of 2013.



  • Light-Driven Linear Helical Supramolecular Polymer Formed by Molecular-Recognition-Directed Self-Assembly of Bis(p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene) and Pseudorotaxane, R. Sun, C. Xue, X. Ma, M. Gao, H. Tian and Q. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013,135, 5990-5593.





  • The invention on the photodisplays without patterned electronics was issued a US patent on Dec. 11, 2012. Q. Li, L. M. Green, J. W. Doane, A. Asad, N. Venkataraman, I. Shiyanovskaya, US Patent 8,329,058.



  • Welcome new postdoc Dr. Reji Thomas to join our group.



  • Welcome new postdoc Dr. Hu He, and new graduate students Karla Gutierrez and Hao Wang to join our group.



  • Quan Li gave an invited talk entitled "Advanced Liquid Crystal Materials: From Tunable Photonics to Solar Energy" at Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Rochester and visited the Laboratory for Laser Energetics on September 12, 2012.



  • Quan Li attended 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, August 19-23, 2012, where he chaired two sessions: "Materials, Devices, and Switches" and "Gold Nanoparticles: Stabilization, Assembly, and Applications". Our group gave five talks.



  • The invention on liquid crystals for renewable solar energy was issued a US patent on August 14, 2012. Q. Li, US Patent 8,241,522.



  • Quan Li gave an invited talk entitled "Light-driven Chiral Molecular Motors: Opportunity and Challenge" at the International Conference on Optical, Electronic and Electrical Materials, Shanghai, August 5-7, 2012.



  • Quan Li attended the Department of Energy (DOE) Materials Chemistry Principal Investigators' Meeting, Annapolis, Maryland, July 15-18, 2012 and an image from our DOE project was selected for the cover page of this meeting.



  • Quan Li attended and gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Soft Matter Science organized by Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, July 13-14, 2012.



  • Quan Li attended Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Low Density Materials Program Review Meeting, June 4-5, 2012 at Dayton, Ohio.



  • Reversible Light-Directed Red, Green, and Blue Reflection with Thermal Stability Enabled by a Self-organized Helical Superstructure, Y. Li, A. Urbas and Q. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 9573-9576.



  • Quan Li attended and gave a talk at the 2012 Tri-Service Metamaterials Program Review organized by Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), May 22-25, 2012 at Virginia Beach, Virginia.



  • Quan Li gave a plenary talk entitled "Self-Organized Liquid Crystals: From Dynamic Photonics to Renewable Solar Energy" at the Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics on March 25, 2012.



  • Light-Driven Chiral Molecular Switches or Motors in Liquid Crystals, Y. Wang and Q. Li, Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 1926-1945.





  • Kent State research team led by Quan Li attended the five-year Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project kickoff meeting on Nanofabrication of Tunable 3D Architectures.January 19-20, 2012.


  • Reversible Visible-Light Tuning of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures Enabled by Unprecedented Light-Driven Axially Chiral Molecular Switches, Y. Wang, A. Urbas, and Q. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 3342-3345.



  • Our book entitled as "Liquid Crystals Beyond Displays" will be published in May 2012.



  • Quan Li was interviewed by Materials Views, October 18, 2011 in English and in Chinese.

  • Our work published in Advanced Materials (2011, 23, 5069-5073) has been highlighted by Nature Photonics, 2011, 5, 713.




  • Our book entitled as "Self-organizing Organic Semiconductors: From Materials to Device Applications" has been published by Wiley in 2011.




  • Light-Driven Reversible Handedness Inversion in Self-Organized Helical Superstructures, M. Mathews, R. Zola, S. Hurley, D. Yang, T. J. White, T. J. Bunning and Q. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 18361-18366.


  • Quan Li attended and gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Directing Nanoscale Organization in Organic Photovoltaics: Liquid Crystals for Renewable Energy,organized by the NSF Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the NSF Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center, Boulder, Colorado. August 7-10, 2010.

  • Our work entitled as "Light-Deriven Nanoscale Chiral Molecular Switch: Reversible Dynamic Full Range Color Phototuning" has been highlighted in May 2010.

  • Quan Li has secured another five-year research funding supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research starting from May 1, 2009 on the development of novel functionalized hybrid gold nanorods.

  • Quan Li has secured one five-year research funding supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research starting from March 1, 2009 on the development of light-driven chiral molecular motors.




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