Electrochemical synthesis is a powerful tool for formulating functional materials and molecules because it offers an additional level of control over the synthesis relative to its chemical counterpart by fine-tuning mass transfer, potential, or current. Furthermore, electrochemical synthesis also allows the convenient analysis of chemical reaction thermodynamics and kinetics using the current signal generated during the electrochemical synthesis. In this talk, three recent advancements in electrochemical synthesis will be presented: (1) Electrochemical gelation of quantum dots, (2) Electrosynthesis of grain-boundary-rich nanoparticle assemblies, and (3) Alternating current electrolysis for organic synthesis.
Dr. Long Luo is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University. He received his B.S. (2009) in applied chemistry from Beijing
University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and his Ph.D. (2014) in chemistry from the University of Utah. Before joining Wayne State University in 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), and Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award and was selected as the Langmuir inaugural Early Career Advisory Board Member. His current research interests include developing electrochemical sensors, electrochemical synthesis of functional nanomaterials and organic drug molecules.