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Dr. Kenneth Hanson

Dr. Kenneth Hanson

Associate 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
Chemistry of Materials, Environment and Energy, Photochemistry, Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Supramolecular Chemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis

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 and devices with an emphasis on understanding their structure-property relationships. This work will open the door to more efficient solar cells, selective sensors/probes for biologically relevant metal ions, and a new approach to catalysis involving light-assisted reaction pathways.

Faculty Interview


Salpage, S.R.; Lanzetta, R.C.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, J.C.; Hanson, K. Wavelength Selective Separation of Metal Ions Using Electroactive Ligands. Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 7507-7510.
Wang, J.C.; Ogunsolu, O.O.; Sykora, M.; Hanson, K. Elucidating the role of the Metal Linking Ion on the Excited State Dynamics of Self-Assembled Bilayers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 9835-9842.
Wang, J.C.; Hill, S.P.; Dilbeck, T.; Ogunsolu, O.O.; Banerjee, T.; Hanson, K. Multimolecular Assemblies on High Surface Area Metal Oxides and Their Role in Interfacial Energy and Electron Transfer. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2018, 47, 104-148.
Dilbeck, T.; Wang, J.C.; Zhou, Y.; Olsson, A.; Sykora, M.; Hanson, K. Elucidating the Energy and Electron Transfer Dynamics of Photon Upconversion in Self-Assembled Bilayers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 19690-19698.
Hill, S.P.; Hanson, K. Harnessing Molecular Photon Upconversion in a Solar Cell at Sub-Solar Irradiance: Role of the Redox Mediator. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 10988-10991.
Dilbeck, T.; Hill, S.P.; Hanson, K. Harnessing Molecular Photon Upconversion at Sub-Solar Irradiance Using Dual Sensitized Self-Assembled Trilayers.J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 11652 - 11660.
Das, A.; Banerjee, T.; Hanson, K. Protonation of silylenol ether via excited state proton transfer catalysis. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 1350-1353.