University of South Dakota,
Keywords: fluorinated materials, finger printing technology, energy storage, photonic materials, catalysts, sensors
Summary:Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials was established in July 2017 with a significant effort from the State of South Dakota. The mission of this center is to build a self-sustained discovery-based research center that boosts the South Dakota economy through commercialization of fluorinated functional materials in the sectors of materials and advanced manufacturing, energy and environment, and human health and nutrition. The creation of this research center is expected to overcome two significant challenges in transforming the South Dakota economy to a knowledge-based economy: 1) discovery of innovative technology and 2) building a technology- and business-capable team. Well-integrated research and commercialization plans focus on innovations in fluorinated functional materials that were patented or will be patentable in the future. Five highly competitive research and innovation focuses include 1) new photonic materials, 2) finger printing technology, 3) high capacity energy storage materials, 4) new catalysts and catalytic reactions, and 5) sensors. An excellent team, including two NSF CAREER awardees, three internationally renowned experts in fluorinated materials, a leader of a successful high tech startup company, and a tech transfer expert with JD & MBA degrees from the Beacom School of Business, possesses the necessary expertise to tackle these challenges for the state of South Dakota by tightly integrating discovery-based research, technology transfer, and workforce development in this small yet highly efficient and focused research center. Significant impact on the South Dakota economy is highly expected as a result of the creation of this research center. In this presentation, I will give brief introduction of these five technical focus areas with emphasis on high capacity energy storage materials that can reach 1000 mAh/g specific capacity when used in cathode.