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10. 2020 Our publication in Nature Communication (www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-04190-z) is awarded publication prize 2020 in our university (Publikationspreis der TU Ilmenau 2020). This paper has received high attentions in relevant research fields. So far it has been cited for 386 times since its publication in 2018.


09. 2020 Mr. Long Liu delivered an excellent Ph.D. thesis defense, and he was conferred a doctoral degree with the grade of Summa Cum Laude. Very well done!


06. 2020 An intensive review article "Well-Defined Nanostructures for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage" has just been published in Advanced Energy Materials (53 pages, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/aenm.202001537). In recognition of the service as an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Energy Materials and the excellent scientific contributions to the journal, Prof. Lei was invited to submit this review for publication in the Special Issue "International Collaboration in Energy Materials Research" for celebrating AEM 10th year of publishing pioneering energy materials research. This review was accomplished in close international collaboration with collaborative groups at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Canada) and Griffith University (Australia).


03. 2020 Prof. Yong Lei received the Top Review Award from the journal Small (impact factor 10.865) to thank his contribution in recent years. Only 15 reviewers won this award worldwide. https://www.materialsviewschina.com/2020/03/43737


02. 2020 We congratulate Rui Xu on defending his doctoral degree in experimental physics with the average grade of "magna cum laude" (topic of the doctoral thesis: Boosting Solar Energy Harvesting with Ordered Nanostructures Fabricated by Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates.).


07. 2019 Prof. Yong Lei became a member of the editorial board of the journal Carbon Energy.


01. 2020 Our group publishes a research article "Nanoelectrode design from microminiaturized honeycomb monolith with ultrathin and stiff nanoscaffold for high-energy micro-supercapacitors" in Nature Communication. In this work, we ascertained the capability of honeycomb monolith as a promising nanostructuring platform to assemble pseudocapacitive materials toward rationally designing nanoelectrodes for micro-supercapacitors with high-energy performance.

 

 

 


12. 2019 Mr. Yuhan Wu's entry "Crystal" won the 1st prize in the "Faszination Wissenschaft" of NanObjectives 2.0.

https://www.tu-ilmenau.de/mniev/nanobjectives-20

 

 

 

 

 


05. 2019 Conjurations to Rui Xu for winning "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad". This Award was founded by the Chinese government for rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only 32 young talents in Germany are awarded this year.


04. 2019 Prof. Yong Lei received outstanding reviewer award of the journal Energy and Environmental Science (a prestigious journal of energy research with impact factor of 30.067) to thank his significant contribution in 2018.

https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/ee/c9ee90018g#!divAbstract


04. 2019 Prof. Yong Lei was awarded Certificate of Recognition from American Chemical Society (ACS) for his reviewing.


03. 2019 Prof. Yong Lei is invited and become as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Advanced Energy Materials (a prestigious journal of energy research with impact factor of 21.875).

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/16146840/homepage/2528_edbd.htm


01. 2019 Prof. Yong Lei became a member of the editorial board of the journal InfoMat.


09. 2018 Prof. Yong Lei was chosen as an associated editor of the journal Energy & Environmental Materials.


05. 2018 Our paper 'Highly nitrogen doped carbon nanofibers with superior rate capability and cyclability for potassium ion batteries' has just published in Nature Communication

(www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-04190-z). Manipulation of surface defects is a key for the material-dependent surface engineering for potassium ion batteries (PIBs). It is crucial to manipulate defects at the material surface to regulate the charge transfer behavior at electrode/electrolyte interface. It is at the same time a facile strategy to induce significant change of the interface. We used hetero-atom doping and oxygen vacancies to generate defects at the surface region of materials. The nitrogen doping in carbon nanofibers creates carbon defects in the graphene layers and highly reactive nitrogen sites simultaneously, both of which greatly increase the ion absorption energy and result in surface-dominated K-storage. Used as a PIB anode, the doped nanofibers deliver capacities of 248 mAh g-1 and 101 mAh g-1 at 25 mA g-1 and 20 A g-1, respectively, and retain 146 mAh g-1 at 2 A g-1 after 4000 cycles. The full cell delivers the highest reversible capacity so far (195 mAh g-1 at 0.2 A g-1) and an energy density (130 Wh kg-1) that is comparable to the commercial LIBs.


04. 2018 Our group's invited review article "Heterogeneous nanostructure array for electrochemical energy conversion and storage" is available on the official website of Nano Today (Impact factor 17.476).


02. 2018 Prof. Yong Lei was chosen as an associated editor of the journal Journal of Semiconductors.


08. 2017 Our invited review article "Organic materials for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries" is accepted by Materials Today (Impact factor 21.695).


05. 2017 Rui Xu et al. published "Three-dimensional plasmonic nanostructure design for boosting photoelectrochemical activity" in ACS Nano (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.7b03633). Using a plasmonic coupler of tunable three-dimensional Au pillar/truncated-pyramid (PTP) array obtained with anodized aluminum oxide template, a superior optical absorption within a wide wavelength range is demonstrated from an assembled CdS/Au PTP photoanode.


02. 2017 Congratulations! Liying Liang has been granted the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. This Award was founded by the Chinese government with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only the students with outstanding performance in their Ph.D. studies will be considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents will be granted the award each year all over the world. This year, only 34 students who are studying in Germany win this award.


01. 2017 We published "Multiple nanostructures based on anodized aluminium oxide templates" (https://www.nature.com/articles/nnano.2016.257) in Nature Nanotechnology. Arrays of binary nanostructures, where dual subsets of compositionally distinctive nanocomponents were incorporated into one unit cell, show great promise in designing innovative devices and realizing superior functionalities. To bring their tremendous advantageous potentials of binary nanostructures to fruition for practical utilizations, our team recently developed a new concept for binary nanostructuring over large areas by taking advantage of a unique binary-pore anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template. The binary-pore template consists of two subsets of pores which possess two barriers locating on the opposite side of the template, enabling the synthesis of different materials into each set of pores individually. A sequential pore opening process can be exploited to independently tailor pore size for each subset, offering a high geometrical degree of freedom upon AAO pores and nanostructure counterparts.


06. 2016 The 3rd International Conference & 5th International MacroNano-Colloquium on the Challenges and Perspectives of Functional Nanostructures (CPFN) were successfully held at TU Ilmenau. Many world-famous scientists were invited and introduced their recent research progress, including Prof. Zhonglin Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Prof. Oliver G. Schmidt (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Germany), Prof. Peter Strasser (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany), Prof. Dirk Michael Guldi (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany), Prof. Stefano Passerini (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Prof. Christoph J. Brabec (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany). Prof. Yong Lei and a few members of our group also gave excellent talks and posters.


05. 2016 Congratulations to Liaoyong Wen for receiving the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. This Award was established by China Scholarship Council in 2003 and is one of the highest awards given by the Chinese Government to graduate students that study outside China and do not receive any financial support from Chinese Government. Mr. Wen is one of 35 students in Germany receiving the Award for 2015.


12. 2015 Zhijie Wang et al publish "Manipulation of charge transfer and transport in plasmonic-ferroelectric hybrids for photoelectrochemical applications" in Nature Communication. This work groundbreakingly utilizes plasmonic nanostructures for efficient and flexible conversion of solar energy into electricity or fuel, presenting a new paradigm in photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry research.


07. 2015 Our paper "Large-scale highly ordered Sb nanorod array anodes with high capacity and rate capability for sodium-ion batteries" is published in Energy & Environmental Science. Meanwhile, this paper was selected as a back inside cover. The achieved electrochemical performance is one of the best compared with the reported results. When this anode material was used in a full cell, the energy density is up to 130 Wh kg-1. In the future, we will work hard to generalize this conceptual design to more materials with a view to promoting the practical application of sodium-ion batteries.


07. 2015 The 2nd International Conference & 4th International MacroNano-Colloquium on the Challenges and Perspectives of Functional Nanostructures (CPFN) organized by our group successfully. Prof. Zhonglin Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Prof. Joachim Maier (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany), Prof. Reginald M. Penner (University of California, Irvine, USA), Prof. Yadong Yin (University of California, Riverside, USA), Prof. Stefano Passerini (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), et al. contributed wonderful reports to all the participants.


06. 2015 We publish "Enhancement of Sodium Ion Battery Performance Enabled by Oxygen Vacancies" in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This work demonstrated the positive effect of oxygen vacancies on electrochemical sodium storage for the first time.


05. 2015 Mr. Shipu Xu (from South China Normal University, China) and Mrs. Benrong Hai (from Northeastern University, China) will join our group as PhD students from September 2015. They have winned schlorship of China Scholarship Council (CSC). The CSC is a non-profit institution to support excellent Chinese students to study abroad. Welcome!


05. 2015 Mrs. Yan Mi has winned “Chinese Goverment Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad“. Prof. Lei is invited as representive of professor to give a presentation.

http://news.ifeng.com/a/20150511/43731507_0.shtml

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/micro-reading/fortune/2015-05-10/content_13674611.html

http://intl.ce.cn/specials/zxgjzh/201505/10/t20150510_5324647.shtml

http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2015-05/11/c_1115240903.htm


02. 2015 Recently, we are focusing on the molecular design to enhance the sodium-ion battery performance especially for fast charging and discharging. This work has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b00336). Just after our work was published online, the phys.org highlighted our research with the title of “Na-ion batteries get closer to replacing Li-ion batteries” (http://phys.org/news/2015-03-na-ion-batteries-closer-li-ion.html). Based on our research results, they think that “the large improvement may help pave the way toward the integration of Na-ion batteries in portable and wearable electronics”. Moreover, our research attract great interest of Samsung Electronics GmbH and they ask for the potential cooperation.


11. 2014 In November 2014, the third status seminar of the BMBF ZIK project ‘3DNanoDevice’ was successfully held in the IMN MacroNano® (ZIK) at TU Ilmenau together with the representatives from BMBF und Projektträger Jülich. Prof. Yong Lei presented the scientific outputs and current status of this project, and five scientists from his group also presented their progresses within the project.

 

 

 


11. 2014 Dr. Qianwen Li from Anhui Agricultural University (China) received schlorship of China Scholarship Council (CSC). She will visit our group for one year for experiment and cooperation.


11. 2014 Dr. Dawei Cao received prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctor Researchers this year for his research proposal on photoelectrochemical energy conversion using highly ordered nanostructures with template-assistance method. Congratulations!


10. 2014 Huaping Zhao et al publish "Self‐Supported Metallic Nanopore Arrays with Highly Oriented Nanoporous Structures as Ideally Nanostructured Electrodes for Supercapacitor Applications" in Advanced Materials. This work demonstrated the rational design of nanostructured electrodes for high-performance supercapacitors based on the advantageous features of nanostructures.


08. 2014 Dawei Cao et al publish "Switchable Charge-Transfer in the Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion Process of Ferroelectric BiFeO3 Photoelectrodes" in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. In this work, ferroelectric material was used as a photoelectrode for the first time. As a result of their prominent ferroelectric properties, the photoelectrodes are able to tune the transfer of photo-excited charges generated either in BiFeO3 or the surface modifiers by manipulating the poling conditions of the ferroelectric domains. It is thus possible to manipulate photoelectrochemical reactions on a single ferroelectric photoelectrode.


07. 2014 Our group successfully organized the 1st International Conference & the 3rd International MacroNano-Colloquium on the Challenges and Perspectives of Functional Nanostructures (CPFN) together with the Institute for Micro- and Nanotechnology (IMN) MacroNano® on July 29th-31st, 2014. This conference was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) and discussed new concepts and techniques of nanostructuring to solve fundamental crosscutting topics for advance energy-related applications, optical and electronic devices. Over 100 participants registered for oral and poster presentations and more than 20 of the world’s best scientists introduced their revolutionary breakthroughs in their respective fields, including Prof. Zhonglin Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany), Prof. Andrey L. Rogach (City University of Hong Kong, China), Prof. Harald Giessen (University of Stuttgart, Germany), Prof. Shuhong Yu (University of Science and Technology of China, China), and a few professors from TU Ilmenau. Dr. Christoph Wannek, Project Management Agency for the BMBF, gave a greeting speech on behalf of BMBF and Dr. Brunsch Melanie, advisor of IMN, gave an introduction of IMN to all the participants on behalf of IMN.


11. 2013 In December 2013, the second status seminar of the BMBF ZIK project ‘3DNanoDevice’ was successfully held in the IMN MacroNano® (ZIK) at TU Ilmenau together with the representatives from BMBF and Projektträger Jülich. Prof. Yong Lei presented the scientific outputs and current status of this project, and five scientists from his group also presented their progresses within the project.


09. 2013 Prof. Puxian Gao from University of Connecticut (USA) received Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers (Prof. Yong Lei as one of the hosts) and will visit our group for one year for experiment and cooperation.


12. 2012 Staus seminar ZIK 3D NanoDevices (December 2012). The first seminar on the status of the ZIK 3D NanoDevices with representatives of the BMBF on 10 December 2012. Prof. Lei gave a general report on the scientific development and the current state of the project ZIK 3D NanoDevices. Then presented five scientists from the field of their current research in the field of organic electronics, sensors, and high-performance energy storage. After the seminar, the state of research of the ZIK 3D NanoDevices by the representatives of the BMBF has been praised.