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Taiwan’s Applied Chemistry lands national project, global coverage

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The Department of Applied Chemistry at National Chi Nan University (NCNU) is enjoying a glowing trajectory in recent years, from partaking in national-level research programs to collaborating with other research labs on developing solar-powered batteries. Its latest achievements now include being published by two world-class scientific magazines.

Working together with Chen Hsieh-chih (陳協志), associate professor of Fiber and Composite Materials at Feng Chia University, Lin Ching-yao (林敬堯) and Tsai Ming-chi (蔡明機) from NCNU answered an open call from the Ministry of Science and Technology on a project developing porphyrin for solar energy.

The resulting breakthroughs on porphyrin, a large ring molecule named after the Greek word for purple, were published as their respective theses. Moreover, the discoveries were picked up by “Applied Materials & Interfaces,” a fresh new publication (with an Impact on Chemistry rating of 8.456 in 2018) from the American Chemical Society that made Taiwan’s research the cover of its December 2019 edition.

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Lin worked with colleagues and research partners to direct research on new materials for different types of solar-powered batteries. Such collaborators included Dr. Tsai and Wang Chin-li (王進立), both of NCNU, as well as delegates recruited by National Taiwan University’s Chou Pi-tai (周必泰). Dr. Chou previously led a research project on carbon nano-onions and their relevance to bulk heterojunctions in solar research, especially pertaining to their solar intake and chemical dye efficacy.

The Research Program for New-Generation, Light-Driven Photovoltaic Modules funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology is the culmination of research talents from NCNU, National Central University, National Chung Hsing University, National Cheng Kung University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, and National Taiwan University.

Thermal and angular dependence of next‐generation photovoltaics under indoor lighting” was published as the cover story of Volume 28, Issue 2 (February 2020 edition) by Progress in Photovoltaics. The Germany-based Progress in Photovoltaics is carried by the Wiley Online Library and reached an Impact Factor of 7.776 in 2018.

Lin Ching-yao is a veteran chemistry professor with National Chi Nan University. His research paper on dye-sensitized solar cells that can sport chic hues such as ultra-black and stylish orange, pink, and powder blue has not only been chosen for the “2018 Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers” collection, but also printed as the journal’s cover story in Issue 5, 2018.

 

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