• 1088E Shelby Hall
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Shanlin Pan
Associate Professor
1088E Shelby Hall Dr. Pan's Group
Education: Undergraduate Degree

B.S. Chemistry,1998, Lanzhou University, P.R. of China

Education: Doctoral Degree

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2006, University of Rochester

Education: Other

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2006-2008University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Electrochemistry, Single Molecule Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Nanomaterial and Biosensor

Our research efforts primarily focus on electrochemistry and single molecule spectroscopy. We are interested in in-situ spectroscopic studies of adsorption at electrode and electrocatalysis, and electrogenerated chemiluminescence by combining electrochemistry and spectroscopy with high time and spatial resolution.  Our current research projects include

  1. preparation of well-defined functional nanostructures, including metallic nanocrystals with synergistic functions, inorganic/conjugated polymer and small organic molecule semiconductor nanostructures, and investigation of their electrochemical and optical properties, such as photoelectrochemistry, electrogenerated chemiluminescence and catalytic behavior for fuel oxidation and water splitting with solar energy
  2. using well-defined functional materials to fabricate devices such as efficient solar cells, memory, light-emitting diodes, waveguides and smart sensors for ultrasensitive detection of biomolecular recognition events
  3. using single molecule electrochemical methods to understand structure-function relationships of nanostructures at single molecule/particle level

Finally, we are interested in making plasmonic devices using electrochemical methods that can be operated below the optical diffraction limit for next-generation optoelectronics.

Students involved in these highly interdisciplinary projects will interact with scientists in various research areas from optics and electrochemistry to material science at the University of Alabama and other institutions across the country. Students will receive excellent training in various kinds of nanofabrication and surface characterization tools in addition to learning advanced electrochemistry and single molecule spectroscopy. The Department of Chemistry of the University of Alabama provides students with an advanced research environment, where Ph.D. students will be exposed to a broad range of scientific perspectives.

Representative Publications

Understanding Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneities of Electrochemical Events Using Combined Optical and Electrochemical Methods: Recent Progress and Perspectives”, Hill, C.M.; Clayton, D.A.; Pan, S.L., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2013).

Gold Nanorod-Enhanced Light Absorption and Photoelectrochemical Performance of alpha-Fe2O3 Thin-Film Electrodes for Solar Water Splitting”, Wang, J.; Pan, S.L.; Chen, M.Y.; Dixon, D.A., J. Phys. Chem. C, (2013).

“Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence and Interfacial Charge Transfer Dynamics of Poly (3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl) (P3HT)-TiO2 Nanoparticle Thin Film”, Geng, H.W.; Hill, C.M.; Pan, S.L.; Huang, L.B. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15, 3504-3509 (2013).

“Spatial and Temporal Variation of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering at Ag Nanowires in Aqueous Solution”, Clayton, D. A.; McPherson, T.E.; Pan, S.L.; Chen, M.Y.; Dixon, D.A., Hu, D.H. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, 850-859 (2013)

“Ti@TiO2 NW Electrode with Polydisperse Gold Nanoparticles for Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroelectrochemistry”, Xu, C.L.; Geng, H.W.; Clayton, D.A.; Bennett, R.; Pan, S.L. J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 1849-1856 (2013).

“New Double Heterojunction Nanostructured Electrode for Electrochemical Charge Storage”, Mole, F.; Wang, J.; Pan, S.L. Langmuir, 28, 10610-10619 (2012).

“Fluorescence and Electroluminescence Quenching Evidences of Interfacial Charge Transfer in Poly (3-hexylthiopene): Graphene oxide Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaic Device”, Hill, C. M.; Zhu, Y.; Pan, S. L. ACS Nano, 5, 942-951 (2011).

“Reductive-oxidation Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence (ECL) Generation at Ag Nanowire Electrode”, Zhu, Y.; Hill, C. M.; Pan, S.L. Langmuir, 2011, 27, 3121-3127.

“Activation of TiO2 Electrode Using Gold Particles for Efficient Electrogenerated-Chemiluminescence (ECL) from Ruthenium Complex in Aqueous Solution” Benoist, M.; Pan, S. L. J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 1815-1821(2010).

“Photoluminescence and Spectroelectrochemistry of Single Ag Nanowires”, Clayton, D.; Pan, S. L. ACS Nano, 4, 2363-2373 (2010).