Guoqiang Ren

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The solution-phase self-assembly of nanowires (NWs) from diblock copolymer semiconductors, poly(3-butylthiophene)-block-poly(3-octylthiophene), of different block compositions gave crystalline NWs of similar width (13-16 nm) but a tunable average aspect ratio (length/width) of 50-260. The power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction solar cells(More)
New electron-acceptor materials are long sought to overcome the small photovoltage, high-cost, poor photochemical stability, and other limitations of fullerene-based organic photovoltaics. However, all known nonfullerene acceptors have so far shown inferior photovoltaic properties compared to fullerene benchmark [6,6]-phenyl-C60-butyric acid methyl ester(More)
Conjugated polymer systems, including homopolymers, alternating/random copolymers, blends, and block copolymers, as semiconductors for electronic and optoelectronic applications are of continuing great interest. In general, multicomponent conjugated polymer systems such as blends and block copolymers offer the opportunity to optimize and tailor electronic(More)
Crystal growth of ZnS nanoparticles during hydrothermal coarsened in 4 M NaOH occurs via a two-stage process. In the first stage, the primary particles grow into a size over hundred times of the original volume. The initial growth rate can be fitted by an asymptotic curve. High-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) data indicate that in this(More)
Nanoparticles are metastable relative to the equivalent bulk material due to the positive excess interfacial free energy (IFE). Previous studies have shown that, with increasing surface interaction strength, the IFE diminishes but remains positive. We describe an experimental multicomponent system in which a nanoscale ZnS material is thermodynamically(More)
EphA5 is a member of the Eph/ephrin family and plays a critical role in the regulation of carcinogenesis. A significant reduction of EphA5 transcripts in high-grade prostate cancer tissue was shown using a transcriptomic analysis, compared to the low-grade prostate cancer tissue. As less is known about the mechanism of EphA5 downregulation and the function(More)
We report studies of bulk heterojunction solar cells composed of self-assembled poly(3-butylthiophene) nanowires (P3BT-nw) as the donor component with a fullerene acceptor. We show that the nanostructure of these devices is the single most important variable determining their performance, and we use a combination of solvent and thermal annealing to control(More)
High-mobility p-type and ambipolar conjugated polymers have been widely reported. However, high-mobility n-type conjugated polymers are still rare. Herein we present poly(tetraazabenzodifluoranthene diimide)s, PBFI-T and PBFI-BT, which exhibit a novel two-dimensional (2D) π-conjugation along the main chain and in the lateral direction, leading to(More)
An "infinite recycling" method for enhancing the durable applications of a ZnS nano-photocatalyst is shown. Based on the finding of thermodynamic stable nanophase of ZnS, we designed a strategy in which the deactivated ZnS nano-photocatalyst could be recovered into its original state. This ZnS photocatalyst can be used repeatedly without being released into(More)