|Focus has been given on the theme of Coordination Bond and Electronic Engineering since 1990 with the development of an original set of theoretical, experimental, and numerical strategies and multiple breakthroughs, which include:
1. Bond-band-barrier (3B) correlation theory has unified C, N, and O surface chemisorption on various solid surfaces and hetero-junction interface 3B dynamics;
2. Bond order-length-strength (BOLS) correlation theory has unified the unusual performance of undercoordinated defect, surface, and the size dependence and emergence (of new features) of atomic clusters;
3. Nonbonding electron polarization (NEP) for the size emergence of catalytic, ferromagnetic, and hydrophobic anomalies at defect sites and at small scales;
4. Hydrogen-bond asymmetric relaxation dynamics and physical anomalies of H2O under compression, thermal excitation, and molecular undercoordination;
5. Local-bond-average (LBA) approach for solid meso-mechano-thermo physical chemical dynamics;
6. Functionalization of the macroscopic performance to the bond-electron-energy attribute of a substance;
7. BOLS-TB algorithm for local bond relaxation and electron binding-energy shift in terms of quantum entrapment, localization, and polarization;
8. Zone-selective photoelectron spectroscopic (ZPS, US patent) purification of local bond relaxation & electron energetics pertaining to under- and hetero-coordinated atoms at the atomic scale;
9. Raman quantification of the length, energy, compressibility, Debye temperature, force constant & relaxation dynamics of bonds;
10. STM/S and VLEED quantification of 4-stage Cu3O2 bonding kinetics;
11. Reproduction of the Mpemba paradox with revelation of hydrogen bond memory and water skin supersolidity;
12. Determination of the temperature dependence of the breaking limit of monoatomic chains, energy levels of an isolated atoms; specific heat per bond; and the bond strain and binding energy at graphene edges, graphite point defects and monolayer skin, etc;
13. PZT intense blue light emission, TiCN buffering for diamond-metal adhesion, photonic switches;
14. Unification of mesoscopic super-elasticity, plasticity, and rigidity, super-hydrophobicity, fluidity, lubricity, and solidity, and the meso-mechano-thermo physical chemistry of ZnO, graphene, Si, H2O, etc.
Contributions have been documented in a Monograph on Relaxation of the Chemical Bond (Springer Press, 2014) and some 10 themed reports published in Chemical Society Reviews’14, Surface Science Reports’13, Chemical Reviews’12, Science in China’ 12, Energy Env Science’11, Nanoscale’10, Progress in Materials Science’09 and 03, Prog in Solid State Chemistry’ 07 and 06, etc., in addition to 300 journal articles, and over 100 invited talks. Particularly, recent discoveries in water ice have been highly regarded by Chemistry World, Chemistry Views, Physics Today, IOP Physics, Time, The Telegraph, Daily Mails, etc. His theories have been adopted as teaching references by educational institutions globally.
• 35 PI-H-index; ~5300 citations;
• ~300 journal articles; ~100 invited talks; 4 book chapters; 4 patents;
• 2 monographs (Springer-Verlag and High Education press China);
• 10 themed reports published in journals with a mean IF > 20
• First Laureate of the 25th Khwarizmi International Sci Award (KIA) 2012.
• Inaugural Nanyang Award of Research 2005.
• Finalist of Presidential Science Award, Singapore, 2012
• Finalist of National Sci Award, Singapore, 2003.
• FRSC (2006), FinstP (2005)
• Council member of SNIC (2010).
• 8 journal editorial advisors.
- Exploring The Mysteries of Water Ice
- Yang, X.X., Z.F. Zhou, Y. Wang, J.W. Li, N.G. Guo, W.T. Zheng, J.Z. Peng, and C.Q. Sun,. (2013). Raman spectroscopic determination of the length, energy, Debye temperature, and compressibility of the C–C bond in carbon allotropes.. Chemical Physics Letters, 575(575:), 86-9.
- Sun, C.Q., X. Zhang, J. Zhou, Y. Huang, Y. Zhou, and W. Zheng,. (2013). Density, Elasticity, and Stability Anomalies of Water Molecules with Fewer than Four Neighbors.. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, J Phys Chem Let(4), 2565-70.
- Li JW, Ma SZ, Liu XJ, Zhou ZF, and Sun CQ. (2012). ZnO meso-mechano-thermo physical chemistry. Chemical Reviews, 112(5), 2833-2852.
- Ma ZS, Zhou ZF, Huang YL, and Sun CQ. (2012). Mesoscopic superelasticity, superplasticity, and superrigidity. Science in China Series G: Physics Mechanics and Astronomy, 55(6), 963-979.
- Zheng WT and Sun CQ. (2011). Underneath the fascinations of carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. Energy & Environmental Science, 4(3), 627-655.