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Professor Mao's team has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, which have received more than 22,000 citations.  











Science & Technology of Titanium Dioxide

  • X. Chen, L. Liu, P. Y. Yu, and S. S. Mao, “Increasing solar absorption for photocatalysis with black, hydrogenated titanium dioxide nanocrystals.” Science, V.331, 746 (2011).

  • V. Zorba, X. Chen, and S. S. Mao, “Superhydrophilic titanium dioxide surface without photocatalytic activation.” Applied Physics Letters, V.96, 093702 (2010).

  • X. Chen and S. S. Mao, “Titanium dioxide nanomaterials: synthesis, properties, modifications, and applications.” Chemical Reviews, V.107, 2891 (2007).

  • C. X. Kronawitter, M. Kapilashrami, J. R. Bakke, S. F. Bent, C.-H. Chuang, W-F Pong, J. Guo, L Vayssieres, and S. S. Mao, “TiO2-SnO2:F interfacial electronic structure investigated by soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy,” Physical Review B 85, 125109 (2012).





Solar Hydrogen Production

  • X. Chen, S. Shen, L. Guo, and S. S. Mao, “Semiconductor-based photocatalytic hydrogen generation.” Chemical Reviews, V.110, 6503 (2010).

  • C. X. Kronawitter, J. R. Bakke, D. A. Wheeler, W-C. Wang, C. Chang, B. R. Antoun, J. Z. Zhang, J. Guo, S. F. Bent, S. S. Mao, and L. Vayssieres, “Electron enrichment in 3d transition metal oxide hetero-nanostructures.” Nano Letters, V.11, 3855 (2011).

  • C. X. Kronawitter, L. Vayssieres, S. Shen, L. Guo, D. A. Wheeler, J. Z. Zhang, Bonnie R. Antoun, and S. S. Mao, “A perspective on solar-driven water splitting with all-oxide hetero-nanostructures.” Energy and Environmental Science, V.4, 3889 (2011).

  • J. Shi, S. Shen, Y. Chen, L. Guo, and S. S. Mao, “Visible light-driven photocatalysis of doped SrTiO3 tubular structure.” Optical Express, 20, A351 (2012).





Concentrating Solar Energy

  • T. Ho, S. S. Mao, and R. Greif, “Comparison of the Organic Flash Cycle (OFC) to other advanced vapor cycles for intermediate and high temperature waste heat reclamation and solar thermal energy.” Energy, V.42, 213 (2012).

  • T. Ho, S. S. Mao, and R. Greif, “The impact of cooling on cell temperature and the practical solar concentration limits for photovoltaics.” International Journal of Energy Research, V.35, 1250 (2011).

  • T. Ho, S. S. Mao, and R. Greif, “Improving efficiency of high-concentrator photovoltaics by cooling with two-phase forced convection.” International Journal of Energy Research, V.34, 1257 (2010).





Solid-State Lighting

  • Z.-S. Guo, L. Zhao, J. Pei, Z.-L. Zhou, G. Gibson, J. Brug, S. Lam, and S. S. Mao, “CdSe/ZnS nanoparticle composites with amine-functionalized polyfluorene derivatives for polymeric light-emitting diodes.” Macromolecules, V.43, 1860 (2010).

  • D. Liu, M. Fina, J. Guo, X. Chen, G. Liu, S. Johnson, and S. S. Mao, “Organic light-emitting diodes with carbon nanotube cathode-organic layer.” Applied Physics Letters, V.94, 013110 (2009).





Solid-State Hydrogen Storage

  • S. Barceló and S. S. Mao, “High throughput optical characterization of alloy hydrogenation.” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, V.35, 7228 (2010).

  • S. Barceló, M. Rogers, C. P. Grigoropoulos, and S. S. Mao, “Hydrogen storage property of sandwiched magnesium hydride nanoparticle thin film.” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, V.35, 7232 (2010).





Fuel Cells and Batteries

  • B. Liu, X. Chen, Y. Dong, S. S. Mao, and M. Cheng, “A high performance nanostructured BaSrCoFeO cathode for solid-oxide fuel cells.” Advanced Energy Materials, V.1, 343 (2011).

  • M. Sievers, U. Sievers, and S. S. Mao, “Thermal modeling of new Li-ion cell design modifications.” Engineering Research / Forschung im Ingenieurwesen, V.74, 215 (2010).

  • H. Zhong, X. Chen, H. Zhang, M. Wang, and S. S. Mao, “Proton exchange membrane fuel cells with chromium nitride nanocrystal catalysts.” Applied Physics Letters, V.91, 163103 (2007).





Ultrafast Laser Technology

  • J. Li, X. Wang, Z. Chen, J. Zhou, S. S. Mao, and J. Cao, "Real-time probing of ultrafast residual charge dynamics." Applied Physics Letters, V.98, 011501 (2011).

  • T. Owens, S. S. Mao, E. K. Canfield, C. P. Grigoropoulos, X. Mao, and R. E. Russo, “Ultrafast thin-film laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of doped oxides.” Applied Optics, V.49, 67 (2010).

  • Z. Chen and S. S. Mao, “Femtosecond laser-induced electronic plasma at metal surface.” Applied Physics Letters, V.93, 051506 (2008).





Semiconductor Materials Technology

  • W. Cheng, L. Liu, P. Y. Yu,  Z. X. Ma, and S. S. Mao, “A tale of two vacancies.” Annalen der Physik, V.523, 129 (2011).

  • M. A. Mayer, D. T. Speaks, K. M. Yu, S. S. Mao, E. E. Haller, and W. Walukiewicz, “Band structure engineering of ZnO1-xSex. Applied Physics Letters, V.97, 022104 (2010).

  • M. S. Rogers, C. P. Grigoropoulos, A. M. Minor, and S. S. Mao, “Absence of amorphous phase in high power femtosecond laser-ablated silicon.” Applied Physics Letters, V.94, 011111 (2009).




Selected Journal Special Issues



  • Julius Springer Forum on Applied Physics, Ed: S. S. Mao, Applied Physics A, V.105 (Springer, 2011).

  • Photocatalysis for Energy and Environment Sustainability, Eds: J. Augustynski, A. Braun, E. Chandler, S. S. Mao, E. Miller, J. Turner, and J. Ye, Journal of Materials Research, V.25 (MRS, 2010).

  • Business and Safety Issues in the Commercialization of Nanotechnology, Eds: L. Tsakalakos, L. Merhari, S. S. Mao, J. van Schijndel, T. J. Webster, H. Liu, R. Hurt, MRS Symposium Proceedings, V.1209 (MRS, 2010).

  • Julius Springer Forum on Applied Physics, Eds: S. S. Mao, C. Fotakis, P. Avouris, T. Heinz, and M. Stuke, Applied Physics A, V.95 (Springer, 2009).

  • Transparent Conducting Oxides, Eds: G. Kiriakidis, M.-I. Baraton, and S. S. Mao, Applied Physics A, V.89 (Springer, 2007).




Selected Inventions (Patents/Patent Filings)



  • United States 8,853,526: R. Kostecki and S. S. Mao, “Surface plasmon-enhanced photovoltaic device."

  • United States 8,604,441: S. S. Mao and D. Perry, “Layered neutron detectors."

  • United States 8,580,130: S. S. Mao, C. P. Grigoropoulos, D. Hwang, A. and Minor, “Laser-assisted nanomaterial deposition, nanomanufacturing, in-situ monitoring, and associated apparatus."

  • United States 8,477,551: S. S. Mao and Y. Zhang, "Optical memory."

  • United States 8,324,651: S. S. Mao, G. Liu, and S. G. Johnson, “Organic LED devices with structured electrodes."

  • United States 7,960,037:  G. Liu, S. G. Johnson, J. Kerr, A. Minor, and S. S. Mao, “Carbon nanotube polymer composition and devices."




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