Laboratory for NanoEngineering and NanoScience (NENS)
  • Group leader: Dr. Tran Dinh Phong, USTH
  • Location: NENS is located on the 5th floor of USTH main building, on VAST Campus
1. History and Objectives
NENS was setted up in 2016 at Department of Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology, USTH. In the next 3 years, NENS has objective to become a competitive research group doing cutting edge research. NENS prepares conditions and lays out a solid structure for etablishing an international research laboratory in the future Hoa Lac Campus (so the opening is expected by 2020).    

2. Equipment
No. Equipment
1 Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) + flow cell
2 Spin coater
3 Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer
4 Vacuum dryer
5 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
6 Zeta meter
7 Ultra low freezer
8 Rotating disk ring electrode
9 Potentiostat Galvanostat + EIS
10 Chemical compound storage
11 Fume hood
12 Rotary evaporator
13 Research Arc Lamp Source
14 Silicon Detector kit
15 Hinged Tube Furnances
16 Centrifuges
17 Oven (300C for materials synthesis)
18 Autoclaves (01 set of different volumes)
19 Small pumpe (for colonne application)
20 pH meter
21 Magnetic stirrers (with and without heating)
 3. Current research activities
Currently, NENS focus on engineering functional nanomaterials for energy conversion and for environment application. NENS has strong expertise in developping electrocatalysts and photocatalysts made of earth abundant elements for solar water splitting, solar H2 generation, CO2 reduction and proton exchange membrane fuel cell application (figure 1). 

Figure 1. Current works at NENS toward engineering an artificial leaf
NENS also actively works to develop novel generation of nano adsorbents for removal and decomposition of organic pollutants via using innovative nanocatalysts (figure 2). 
Figure 2. Design of novel photocatalysts for organic pollutants decomposition

4. Selected publications
1. Duc N. Nguyen, Linh N. Nguyen, Phuc Dinh Nguyen, Tran Viet Thu, Anh Duc Nguyen, Phong D. Tran,* « Crystallization of Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide Induced by Electron or Laser Beam and Its Effect on H2 Evolving Activities », Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, Just accepted, DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b08817

2. Phong D. Tran,* Thu V. Tran, Maylis Orio, Stephane Torelli, Quang Duc Truong, Keiichiro Nayuki, Yoshikazu Sasaki, Sing Yang Chiam, Ren Yi, Itaru Honma, James Barber, Vincent Artero, “Coordination polymer structure and revisited hydrogen evolution catalytic mechanism for amorphous molybdenum sulfide”, Nature Materials, 2016, 15, 640-646

3. Yang Chen, Phong D. Tran,* Pablo Boix, Yi Ren, Sing Y. Chiam, Zhen Li, Kunwu Fu, Lydia H. Wong, James Barber, “Silicon Decorated with Amorphous Cobalt Molybdenum Sulfide Catalyst as an Efficient Photocathode for Solar Hydrogen Generation”, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 3829-3836

4. P. D. Tran, A. Morozan, S. Archambault, J. Heidkamp, P. Chenevier, H. Dau, M. Fontecave, A. Martinent, B. Jousselme, V. Artero “A Noble Metal-Free Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell based on Bio-inspired Molecular Catalysts”, Chemical Science, 2015, 6, 2050-2053

5. Partnership
  • Institute of Materials Science, VAST, Vietnam (Prof. Nguyen Quang Liem group)
  • Le Quy Don Technical University (Dr. Tran Viet Thu group)
  • Tohoku University, Japan (Prof Iratu Honma group)
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Prof James Barber Solar Fuel Laboratory)
  • Laboratory of Biology and Chemistry of Metals, CEA Grenoble, France (Dr. Vincent Artero group)
  • College de France (Prof Marc Fontecave group)
  • CIRIMAT Toulouse, France (Dr. Pascal Lenormand and Dr. Christophe Tenailleau groups)
  • University Reims, France (Prof. Gilles Lemercier group)
  • Laboratoire de Chimie Coordination, Toulouse, France (Dr. Catherine Amiens)

6. Avaiable fundings
  •  02 NAFOSTED projects (100 K$)
  •  01 Objectif Labo project (50K$)
  •  01 USTH setting up project (20 K$)
7. NENS Staffs
Dr. Phong D. Tran
Position:                     Group leader
Field of research:       Materials for Energy Conversion 
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Dr. Nguyen Duc Anh
Field of research:      Materials for Environment Application

Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai
Field of research:      Materials for Environment Application
Dr. Nguyen Luong Lam
Field of research:      Materials for Environment Application