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Dr. Kenneth Hanson

Dr. Kenneth Hanson

Assistant Professor

PhD – University of Southern California (2010)
Postdoc – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2010-2013)

Contact Information
5006 CSL 850.645.0479.
5200 CSL 850.645.0658.
Programs of Research
Research Website
Research Specialities
Synthesis and Catalysis
3 Graduate; 2 Postdoc

Research Interest

The Hanson research group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of light absorbing and emitting molecules for various applications. The design of the chromophores is guided by our electrochemical and photophysical characterization of the molecules/devices with an emphasis on understanding their structure-property relationships. This work will open the door to more efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), selective sensors/probes for biologically relevant metal ions, and a new approach to catalysis involving light-assisted reaction pathways.

Faculty Interview


Das, A.; Banerjee, T.; Hanson, K. Protonation of silylenol ether via excited state proton transfer catalysis. Chem. Commun. 2016, Advanced Article.
Ogunsolu, O.O.; Wang, J.C.; Hanson, K. Inhibiting Interfacial Recombination Events in Dye-Sensitizer Solar Cells via Self-Assembled Bilayers. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 27730-27734.
Hill, S.P.; Banerjee, T.; Dilbeck, T.; Hanson, K. Photon Upconversion and Photocurrent Generation via Self-Assembly at Organic–Inorganic Interfaces. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 4510-4517.
Wang, J.C.; Murphy, I.A.; Hanson, K. Modulating Electron Transfer Dynamics at Dye-Semiconductor Interfaces via Self-Assembled Bilayers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 3502-3508.
Pati, K.; Gomes, G.; Harris, T.; Hughes, A.; Phan, Hoa; Banerjee, T.; Hanson, K.; Alabugin, I. Traceless Directing Groups in Radical Cascades: From Oligoalkynes to Fused Helicenes without Tethered Initiators. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 1165-1180.
Longstreet, A.; Jo, M.; Chandler, R.; Hanson, K.; Zhan, N.; Hrudka, J.; Mattoussi, H.; Shatruk, M.; McQuade, D. T. Ylidenemalononitrile enamines as fluorescent “turn-on” indicators for primary amines. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 15493–15496.