FLORIDA STATE / PEOPLE / FACULTY
Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Associate Professor
B.S. St. Cloud State University (2005)
University of Southern California (2010)
Postdoc, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2010-2013)
Programs of Research
Materials, Physical, Inorganic, Organic
Environment and Energy, Spectroscopy and Photochemistry, Radiochemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis
The Hanson research group studies light-matter interactions with an emphasis on the design, synthesis, and characterization of light absorbing and emitting molecules. We use electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques to understand the molecules’ structure-property relationships and how those relationships dictate their performance and application. In particular we are interested in 1) understanding and controlling energy and electron transfer a organic-inorganic interfaces for solar energy conversion, 2) generating dye-sensitized photodetectors, 3) utilizing excited state proton transfer catalysis to facilitate organic transformations, and 4) harnessing triplet excited states to increase work output in photo-mechanical polymers. Given the multifaceted nature of this work, student in our research group are trained in synthesis, photochemical reactions, steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques, and device characterization.
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Robb, A.J.; Knorr, E.S.; Watson, N.; Hanson, K. Metal Ion Linked Multilayers on Mesoporous Substrates: Energy/Electron Transfer, Photon Upconversion, and More. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A, 2019, 390, 112291.
|Ayad, S.; Posey, V.; Das, A.; Montgomery, J.M.; Hanson, K. Enantioenrichment of racemic BINOL by way of excited state proton transfer. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 1263-1266.|
Zhou, Y.; Ruchlin, C.; Robb, A.J.; Hanson, K. Singlet Sensitization-Enhanced Upconversion Solar Cells via Self-Assembled Trilayers. ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 61458-61463.
|Dilbeck, T.; Hanson, K. Molecular Photon Upconversion Solar Cells Using Multilayer Assemblies: Progress and Prospects. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 5810–5821.|
|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.|