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Kenneth K. S. Lau

Dr. Kenneth Lau
Office: CAT 278
Phone: 215-895-6049
Fax: 215-895-5837
Website: Research Group Website
Faculty Video: "Introducing our CBE Faculty: Prof. Kenneth Lau"


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000; BEng (Chem), National University of Singapore, 1995

Selected Awards

Sabbatical Leave Award, 2013 (HKUST)
NSF CAREER Award, 2008
ACS PRF New Investigator Award, 2008

Research Interests

Polymer thin films and devices
Energy capture (solar cells)
Energy storage (supercapacitors, batteries)
Surface engineering (superhydrophobicity, superhydrophilicity)

Selected Publications

Smolin, Y.Y.; Soroush, M.; Lau, K.K.S. Influence of oCVD polyaniline film chemistry in carbon-based supercapacitors. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017, 56, 6221–6228 (invited). [doi link]

Smolin, Y.Y.; Soroush, M.; Lau, K.K.S. Oxidative chemical vapor deposition of polyaniline thin films. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2017, 8, 1266–1276 (invited). [doi link]

Hanak, B.W.; Hsieh, C.-Y.; Donaldson, W.; Browd, S.R.; Lau, K.K.S.; Shain, W. Reduced cell attachment to poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-coated ventricular catheters in vitro. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research B 2017 (doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33915). [doi link]

Smolin, Y.Y.; Van Aken, K.L.; Boota, M.; Soroush, M.; Gogotsi, Y.; Lau, K.K.S. Engineering ultrathin polyaniline in micro/mesoporous carbon supercapacitor electrodes using oxidative chemical vapor deposition. Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, 4, 1601201. [doi link]

Ölçero─člu, E.; Hsieh, C.-Y.; Lau, K.K.S; McCarthy, M. Thin film condensation supported on ambiphilic microstructures. Journal of Heat Transfer 2017, 139, 020910. [doi link]

Johnson, N.M.; Smolin, Y.Y.; Hagaman, D.; Soroush, M.; Lau, K.K.S.; Ji, H.-F. Suitability of N-propanoic acid spiropyrans and spirooxazines for use as sensitizing dyes in dye- sensitized solar cells. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2017, 19, 2981–2989. [doi link]

Smolin, Y.Y.; Janakiraman, S.; Soroush, M.; Lau, K.K.S. Experimental and theoretical investigation of dye sensitized solar cells integrated with crosslinked poly(vinylpyrrolidone) polymer electrolyte using initiated chemical vapor deposition. Thin Solid Films 2017, 635, 9–16. [doi link]

Kuba, A.G.; Smolin, Y.Y.; Soroush, M.; Lau, K.K.S. Synthesis and integration of poly(1-vinylimidazole) polymer electrolyte in dye sensitized solar cells by initiated chemical vapor deposition. Chemical Engineering Science 2016, 154, 136–142 (invited). [doi link]