NENS


Research group for NanoEngineering and NanoScience (NENS)
 
  • Group leader: Dr (HDR). Tran Dinh Phong
  • Location: Room 606, A21 Building, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi - Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology - 18 Hoang Quoc Viet - Cau Giay - Hanoi
1. History and Objectives

Research group “NanoEngineering and NanoScience” (NENS) was setted up in 2016 at University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH). NENS aims to develop into a strong research group that performs high-level research in the field of new material for energy conversion and storage. Currently, group’s activities are focusing study on nanostructured materials, suitable for applying artificial leaves for H2 production from water and sunlight; fabrication the hydrogen battery, Lithium battery, Sodium battery and Magnesium battery.

In the coming time, the research group will prepare conditions for research orientation, staffing and facilities, operation and management approaches towards the establishment of an international collaborative laboratory with the moving of USTH to new campus in Hoa Lac hi-tech park (expected in 2020).

2. Partnership 

  • Vietnamese partners 
  1. Institute of Materials Science, VAST (Prof. Nguyen Quang Liem)
  2. Nano and Energy Center (Dr. Nguyen Tran Thuat)
  3. Le Quy Don Technical University (Dr. Tran Viet Thu group)
  4. Institute of Chemical Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai)
  • International partners 
  1. CEA Grenoble, France (Dr. Vincent Artero)
  2. College de France, France (Prof. Marc Fontecave)
  3. LCC Toulouse, France (Prof. Catherine Amiens)
  4. Reims University, France (Prof. Gilles Lemercier)
  5. Tohoku University, Japan (Prof Iratu Honma and Prof. Truong Quang Duc)
  6. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Prof. James Barber)
  7. Hanyang Univeristy, Korea (Prof. Myung Mo Sung, Sung-Hwan Han)

3. Funding sources

  • 01 NAFOSTED projects (50 K$)
  • 01 Objectif Labo project (50K$)
  • 02 USTH setting up project (20 K$)
  • 02 GUST postdoc projects (30K$)

4. Equipment

No.

Equipment

No. Equipment

1

Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) + flow cell

13

Research Arc Lamp Source

2

Spin coater

14

Silicon Detector kit

3

Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer

15

Hinged Tube Furnances

4

Vacuum dryer

16

Centrifuges

5

UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

17

Oven (300C for materials synthesis)

6

Zeta meter

18

Autoclaves (01 set of different volumes)

7

Ultra low freezer

19

Small pumpe (for colonne application)

8

Rotating disk ring electrode

20

pH meter

9

Potentiostat Galvanostat + EIS

21

Magnetic stirrers (with and without heating)

10

Chemical compound storage

22

Mechanical stirrer

11

Fume hood

23

Ultrasonic cleaner

12

Rotary evaporator

   


5. Ongoing research activities

Currently, NENS focus to study and develop the nanostructured materials, suitable for energy conversion and storage. 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). NENS has successful developed the materials for Lithium, Magnesium batteries based on the transition metals sulfide (Figure 2)

figure 1

Figure 1. Current works at NENS toward engineering an artificial leaf for splitting water to H2 and O2 (or reduction CO2 to HCOOH fuel)

figure 2

Figure 2: Schematic of Magnesium ion battery


6. Group members

No

Full name

Position

University/Institute

Remark

1

Dr. With HDR Tran Dinh Phong

Group leader

USTH

PhD at Paris Sud University in 2007 and HDR at Grenoble Alpes University in 2016

2

Dr. Nguyen Duc Anh

Member

USTH

PhD at Lemans University in 2015

3

Dr. Le Thi Ly

Member

USTH

PhD at Toulouse Paul Sabatier University in 2016

4

Master. Nguyen Thi Chuc

PhD student

Hung Yen University of Technology and Education

PhD student at Graduate University of Science and Technology

5

Master. Nguyen Thi Quyen

PhD student

Laboratoire de Chimie Coordination, Toulouse, France

Co-supervisor with Prof. Catherine Amiens (Toulouse Paul Sabatier University)

6

Master. Tran Duc Tien

PhD student

USTH

Co-supervisor with Prof. Han Sung-Hwan (Hanyang University, Korea)

7

Master. Nguyen Ngoc Duc

PhD student

USTH

Co-supervisor with Dr (HDR) Vincent Artero (CEA Grenoble, France)

8

Duong Minh Tuan

Master student

USTH

 

 

7. Featured publications

No

Publications

Authors

Journal

Year

1

Novel Amorphous Molybdenum Selenide as an Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b18675

Quyen T. Nguyen, Phuc D. Nguyen, Duc N. Nguyen, Quang Duc Truong, Tran Thi Kim Chi, Thuy Thi Dieu Ung, Itaru Honma, Nguyen Quang Liem and Phong D. Tran

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 

2018

2

Gold nanoparticles as an outstanding catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00038G

Tien D. Tran, Mai T. T. Nguyen, Hoang V. Le, Duc N. Nguyen, Quang Duc Truong and Phong D. Tran

Chemical Communications

2018

3

Unravelling the Surface Structure of MgMn2O4 Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Magnesium-Ion Battery

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01252

Quang Duc Truong, Murukanahally Kempaiah Devaraju, Phong D. Tran, Yoshiyuki Gambe, Keiichiro Nayuki, Yoshikazu Sasaki, and Itaru Honma

Chemistry of Materials

2017

4

Crystallization of Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide Induced by Electron or Laser Beam and Its Effect on H2 Evolving Activities

DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b08817

Duc N. Nguyen, Linh N. Nguyen, Phuc Dinh Nguyen, Tran Viet Thu, Anh Duc Nguyen, Phong D. Tran

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

2016

5

Coordination polymer structure and revisited hydrogen evolution catalytic mechanism for amorphous molybdenum sulfide

DOI: 10.1038/nmat4588

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

Nature Materials

2016

6

Disulfide-Bridged (Mo3S11) Cluster Polymer: Molecular Dynamics and Application as Electrode Material for a Rechargeable Magnesium Battery

DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02593

Quang Duc Truong, Murukanahally Kempaiah Devaraju, Duc N Nguyen, Yoshiyuki Gambe, Keiichiro Nayuki, Yoshikazu Sasaki, Phong D Tran, Itaru Honma

Nano Letters

2016

 

8. Research outcomes or featured results have been achieved

Artificial leaf version 1 is capable of self-assembling, operating at 3 % efficiency for 3 hours continuously