Dr. Yang Qin was born and grew up in Sichuan province, China. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Beijing University and Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, NJ, where he spent most of his time on organic/inorganic hybrid polymer materials. After two postdoctoral appointments at University of Minnesota and Brookhaven National Laboratory, working in the areas of organic electronic devices, Dr. Qin joined the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at University of New Mexico as an assistant professor.
Research in the Qin group is highly interdisciplinary that encompasses areas covering chemistry, physics and engineering. One of our current thrusts is the design, synthesis and integration of novel polymeric materials into organic photovoltaics (OPVs) for low-cost alternative energy sources. Our aim is to understand the fundamental physics and mechanisms behind the operation of OPVs and to improve their efficiencies through design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials, precise morphology control using nanotechnologies and architectural artistry in fabrication of OPV devices. This requires mastering knowledge and skills in different disciplines ranging from traditional organic, physical and polymer chemistry to physics, engineering and newly emerged nanotechnologies.