Aug 2, 2013
Continuing on the Faculty Spotlight series of the three recently promoted faculty (Duan, Kwon and Garg), this week's feature focuses on Professor Xiangfeng Duan.
 
Professor Xiangfeng Duan joined Professor Ohyun Kwon and Professor Neil Garg in their recent promotions to the rank of (Full) Professor. The rank of (Full) Professor is the highest rank that a professor can achieve (other than in a named or administrative position) and is conferred upon sustained and distinguished track record of scholarly achievement within one's university and academic discipline.
 
BIOGRAPHY
 
Professor Duan received his B.S. degree in chemistry from University of Science and Technology and China (USTC) in 1997, M.A. degree in chemistry and Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He was a Founding Scientist, Principal Scientist and Manager of Advanced Technology at Nanosys Inc. from 2002 to 2008. He joined UCLA in 2008 as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2012 and a full Professor in 2013. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Nano Research. He has over 90 published articles and over 30 US patents.  Professor Duan is currently the Howard Reiss Career Development Chair at UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry.
 
 
Professor Xiangfeng Duan and his research group
 
Selected Awards & Honors:
2012      Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship
2012      Dupont Young Professor
2012      Department of Energy Early Career Scientist
2012      Office of Naval Research Young Investigator
2012      3M Non-tenured Faculty Award
2011      UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Research Award
2011      Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2011      Ranked 41st among Top-100 Most Cited Chemists during 2000-2010 (Thomson Reuters)
2010      Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor
2010      National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2008      National Institute of Health Director’s New Innovator Award
2006      NASA Nanotech Brief “Nano 50” Innovator Award
 
 
RESEARCH
 
The Duan Lab’s research interests include nanoscale materials, devices and their applications in future electronics, energy technologies and biomedical science. Our research focuses on rational design and synthesis of highly complex nanostructures with precisely controlled chemical composition, structural morphology and physical dimension; fundamental investigation of new chemical, optical, electronic and magnetic properties; and exploration of new technological opportunities arising in these nanoscale materials. A strong emphasis is placed on the hetero-integration of multi-composition, multi-structure and multi-function at the nanoscale, and by doing so, creating a new generation of integrated nanosystems with unprecedented performance or unique functions to break the boundaries of traditional technologies.
 
Research Images:
 

Graphene NanoScience: This atomically thin membrane of carbon shows promise for advanced technologies from electronics to composites, as well as chemistry. Integration of this new material into electronic devices and other systems allows enhanced abilities at atomic scales.
 

Nanomaterial Synthesis: 0D nanopartices, 1D nanowires, and 2D layered crystals are all synthetically produced for a wide range of applications from electronics to catalysis. Precise control over growth conditions has led to exceptional quality and utility of these materials and enable advanced applications.