Yuegang Zhang

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In this review, we begin with a brief discussion of the operating principles and scientific/technical challenges faced by the development of lithium/sulfur cells. We then introduce some recent progress in exploring cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes for lithium/sulfur cells. In particular, several effective strategies used to enhance energy/power density,(More)
Direct deposition of graphene on various dielectric substrates is demonstrated using a single-step chemical vapor deposition process. Single-layer graphene is formed through surface catalytic decomposition of hydrocarbon precursors on thin copper films predeposited on dielectric substrates. The copper films dewet and evaporate during or immediately after(More)
The crystal structures of two ibuprofen sodium dihydrates, racemic sodium (RS)-2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoate dihydrate or (RS)-NaIBDH, Na+.C13H17O2-.2H2O, and enantiomeric sodium (S)-2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoate dihydrate or (S)-NaIBDH, Na+.C13H17O2-.2H2O, have been determined in the space groups P-1 and P1, respectively. The unit cells of the two(More)
In our effort to develop agents for the treatment of influenza, a phenotypic screening approach utilizing a cell protection assay identified a series of azaindole based inhibitors of the cap-snatching function of the PB2 subunit of the influenza A viral polymerase complex. Using a bDNA viral replication assay (Wagaman, P. C., Leong, M. A., and Simmen, K. A.(More)
Nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) is a promising conductive matrix material for fabricating high-performance Li/S batteries. Here we report a simple, low-cost, and scalable method to prepare an additive-free nanocomposite cathode in which sulfur nanoparticles are wrapped inside the NG sheets (S@NG). We show that the Li/S@NG can deliver high specific discharge(More)
Lithium/sulfur (Li/S) cells are receiving significant attention as an alternative power source for zero-emission vehicles and advanced electronic devices due to the very high theoretical specific capacity (1675 mA·h/g) of the sulfur cathode. However, the poor cycle life and rate capability have remained a grand challenge, preventing the practical(More)
We present a novel fabrication method for incorporating nanometer to micrometer scale few-layer graphene (FLG) features onto substrates with electrostatic exfoliation. We pattern highly oriented pyrolytic graphite using standard lithographic techniques and subsequently, in a single step, exfoliate and transfer-print the prepatterned FLG features onto a(More)
Scattering mechanisms in graphene are critical to understanding the limits of signal-to-noise ratios of unsuspended graphene devices. Here we present the four-probe low-frequency noise (1/f) characteristics in back-gated single layer graphene (SLG) and bilayer graphene (BLG) samples. Contrary to the expected noise increase with the resistance, the noise for(More)
Polyaromatic molecules, such as rhodamine 6G and methylene blue, were found capable of precipitating DNA-solubilized single-walled carbon nanotubes from solution through a competitive binding mechanism whereby DNA is displaced from the nanotube surface, allowing the nanotubes to rebundle. This delamination of DNA also occurred when complementary(More)
Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and solid-state (13)C NMR shift tensor data are combined to provide a unique path to structure in microcrystalline organic solids. Analysis is demonstrated on ambuic acid powder, a widely occurring natural product, to provide the complete crystal structure. The NMR data verify phase purity, specify one molecule per(More)