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Professor Suning Wang * Queen's University

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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Controlling Molecular Transformation for New Photoresponsive Materials & Chemistry

A central research theme of our team is to discover new molecular transformations via the excited state and utilize/control such transformations for the creation of new functional / photoresponsive molecular materials for applications in optoelectronic/energy conversion devices.

We have found recently that a subtle change/modification of the molecules, especially organoboron compounds, can lead to distinct change of molecular transformation pathways, hence the targeted applications. This leads to many interesting possibilities/opportunities for applications of organoboron based materials.

In this presentation, I will first introduce the various applications of boron-based materials, followed by the molecular design strategies we developed for achieving efficient photo-responsive BN-heterocycles. I will also briefly introduce deep blue phosphors based on platinum compounds. The applications of these two classes of compounds in optoelectronic devices including photochromic devices and light-emitting devices will be presented.

Wang obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry from Jilin University, China and her Ph.D. degree at the department of chemistry, Yale University in 1986. After postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University, she joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor as a faculty member. In 1996, Queen’s University attracted her here through the Queen’s University National Scholarship program. She is currently a Queen’s University Research chair and a full professor at the Department of Chemistry of Queen’s University. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Wang has authored or co-authored more than 275 publications with an h-index of 57 (Web of Science) or 58 (Google Scholar). She is the winner of some highly prestigious awards such as the Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts (2013, 2014), the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2000), the Alcan Award for distinguished contributions in Inorganic Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2007). The award she is most proud of is the Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision Prize, awarded by Queen’s University (2017).

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