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Qiquan Qiao

Qiquan Qiao


Harold C. Hohbach Professor/EE Graduate Director/EDA University Center Director/SDSU Cleanroom Director/NSF IUCRC Planning Grant Site Director

Office Building

Daktronics Engineering Hall



Mailing Address

Daktronics Eng Hall 219
Electrical Engineering/Computer Science-Box 2222
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Qiao is currently a Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor and Graduate Director in the Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He is the Director for the 3,300 ft2 class 1000 cleanroom facilities at SDSU. Dr. Qiao is also Director for EDA University Center for Commercialization of Sustainable Energies and Precision Agriculture Sensors Technologies. Dr. Qiao is NSF IUCRC Planning Grant Site Director. He is also co-founder for Nano Tek, LLC, a spin-off start-up company to commercialize photovoltaics, biodevices, sensors and batteries from my research innovations.

His current research focuses on micro/nano manufacturing/fabrication, photovoltaics, lithium metal/ion batteries, sensors, Food-Energy-Water (FEW) sustainability and precision agriculture technologies. He has published about 170 peer reviewed papers in leading journals including Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions of Electron Devices, etc. He has received more than $11,500,000 on research grants as PI or Co-PI from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, 3M, Agilent, Raven Industries, etc.



Awards and Honors

2018 Commercialization Award, SDSU
2016 Faculty Excellence for Global Engagement in International Research, SDSU
2015 Distinguished Researcher of the Year, J. Lohr College of Engineering, SDSU
2015 Excellence in Research, SDSU Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
2011-2019 J. Lohr College of Engineering Grantsmanship Award
2014 F O Butler Award for Excellence in Research, South Dakota State University
2014 Visiting Professorship from Hefei University of Technology, China.
2013 Best Poster Award at 3rd International Conference on Nanotek and Expo, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
2013 Best Poster Winner, SD EPSCoR All Investigator Meeting
2012 Best Paper Award, Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics
(I-CAMP) Summer School on renewable and sustainable energy
2012 Best Poster Award, Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School on renewable and sustainable energy
2012 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award
2012 Young Investigator Award, J. Lohr College of Engineering, SDSU
2010 NSF& CAREER Award
2010 Excellence in Research Award in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, SDSU
2009 Bergmann Memorial Research Award from US-Israel Binational Science Foundation
2009 Doctor New Investigator Award from American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
2006 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad, China Scholarship Council (CSC)
2006 ASME Solar Energy Division Graduate Student Award 2006 VCU GSA Travel Grant Award


Dr. Qiao has received more than $8 million research grants as PI or Co-PI from NSF, NASA, NAS, SDBOR, etc.


Qiquan Qiao, Prakash, Hao Fong, Lifeng Zhang, David Galipeau, "Semiconductor Nanoparticle/Nanofiber Composite Electrodes",.USPTO Application #: #20110079275 - Class: 136252 (USPTO).

Professional Memberships


Work Experience

2018-present, Director, EDA University Center
2019-present, Site Director, NSF IUCRC (planning)
2018-present, Co-Founder, Nano Tek, LLC
2018-present: Associate Editor, IEEE Access
2017-present, Harold C. Hohbach Professor and Graduate Coordinator, South Dakota State University
2016-2017, Harold C. Hohbach Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, South Dakota State University
2013-2016, Associate Professor, South Dakota State University
2007-2012, Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University
2006-2007, Postdoc, University of Florida
1999-2003, Optic Engineer, Shanghai Institute of Optics & Fine Mechanics

Area(s) of Research

Solar cell, battery, sensors, 2D materials, nano-fabrication/manufacturing, precision Ag

Rajesh Pathak, Ke chen, ashim gurung, Khan Reza, Behzad Bahrami, Jyotshna Pokharel, Abiral Baniya, Wei He, Fan Wu, Yue Zhou, Kang Xu, and Qiquan Qiao, Fluorinated Hybrid Solid-Electrolyte-Interphase for Dendrite-Free Lithium Deposition, Nature Communications, accepted, 2019.

Rajesh Pathak, Ke Chen, Ashim Gurung, Khan Mamun Reza, Behzad Bahrami, Fan Wu, Ashraf Chaudhary, Nabin Ghimire, Bin Zhou, Wen-Hua Zhang*, Yue Zhou*, Qiquan Qiao*, Ultrathin Bilayer of Graphite/SiO2 as Solid Interface for Reviving Li Metal Anode, Advanced Energy Materials, 9, 1901486, 2019

Ahmed A. El-magrous, Jason D. Sternhagen, Gary Hatfield, Qiquan Qiao*, "Internet of Things Based Weather-Soil Sensor Station for Precision Agriculture," 2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT), Brookings, SD, USA, 2019, pp. 092-097. doi: 10.1109/EIT.2019.8833811.

Vickers, Evan T., Thomas A. Graham, Ashraful H. Chowdhury, Behzad Bahrami, Benjamin W. Dreskin, Sarah Lindley, Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Qiquan Qiao, and Jin Z. Zhang. "Improving Charge Carrier Delocalization in Perovskite Quantum Dots by Surface Passivation with Conductive Aromatic Ligands." ACS Energy Letters 3, no. 12 (2018): 2931-2939.

Hytham Elbohy, Behzad Bahrami, Sally Mabrouk, Khan Mamun Reza, Ashim Gurung, Rajesh Pathak, Mao Liang, Qiquan Qiao*, and Kai Zhu. "Tuning Hole Transport Layer Using Urea for High‐Performance Perovskite Solar Cells." Advanced Functional Materials (2018): 1806740.

Fan Wu*, Rajesh Pathak, Ke Chen, Guiqiang Wang, Behzad Bahrami, Wen-Hua Zhang*, Qiquan Qiao*, Inverted Current-Voltage Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells, ACS Energy Lett., 3, pp 2457–2460, 2018.

Ashim Gurung, Qiquan Qiao*, Solar Charging Batteries: Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities, Joule, 2 (7), 1217-1230, 2018.

Ashim Gurung, Ke Chen, Geetha Varnekar, Reza Khan, Salem Saad Abdulkarim, Rajesh Pathak, Roya Naderi, Qiquan Qiao*, Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cell Photo-Charging of Lithium Ion Battery using DC-DC Booster, Advanced Energy Materials, 1602105 (1-8), 2017.

Qi Wang, Iain W. H. Oswald, Xiaolong Yang, Guijiang Zhou, Huiping Jia, , Qiquan Qiao, Yonghua Chen, Jason Hoshikawa-Halbert, and Bruce E. Gnade, A Non-Doped Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Device with Above 31% External Quantum Efficiency, Advanced Materials, 26: 8107–8113, 2014.

Qi Wang, Iain W. H. Oswald, Michael R. Perez, Huiping Jia, Qiquan Qiao, Bruce E. Gnade, and Mohammad A. Omary, Doping-Free Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with Very High Power Efficiency, Simple Device Structure, and Superior Spectral Performance, Advanced Functional Materials, 24(30), 4746-4752, 2014.

Swaminathan Venkatesan, Jihua Chen, Evan C. Ngo, Ashish Dubey, Devendra Khatiwada, Cheng Zhang, Qiquan Qiao, Critical role of domain crystallinity, domain purity and domain interface sharpness for reduced bimolecular recombination in polymer solar cells, Nano Energy, 12, 457-467, 2015.

Swaminathan Venkatesan, Nirmal Adhikary, Jihua Chen, Evan C. Ngo, Ashish Dubey and David W Galipeau, and Qiquan Qiao, Interplay of nanoscale domain purity and size on charge transport and recombination dynamics in polymer solar cells, Nanoscale, 6 (2), 1011 - 1019, 2014.

Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Wenlong Chen, Qiquan Qiao, Dr. Jiantao Zai,and Xuefeng Qian, Ultrathin FeSe2Nanosheets: Controlled Synthesis and Application as a Heterogeneous Catalyst in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chem. Eur. J. doi: 10.1002/chem.201406124, 2015.

Abu Farzan Mitul, Lal Mohammad, Swaminathan Venkatesan, Nirmal Adhikari, Sudhan Sigdel, Qi Wang, Ashish Dubey, Devendra Khatiwada and Qiquan Qiao, Low temperature efficient interconnecting layer for tandem polymer solar cells, Nano Energy, 11, 56-63, 2014.

Jing Li, Ming Yan, Yu Xie, and Qiquan Qiao, Linker Effects on Optoelectronic Properties of Alternate Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers. Energy & Environmental Science, 4 (10), 4276-4283, 2011.

Mahbube Siddiki, Jing Li, David Galipeau, and Qiquan Qiao, "A review of polymer multijunction solar cells (invited review, among top ten most-read paper in July 2010)". Energy & Environmental Science, 3(7): p. 867-883, 2010.

Prakash Joshi, Yu Xie, Mike Ropp, David Galipeau, Shelia Bailey, and Qiquan Qiao. Dye-sensitized Solar Cells based on Low Cost Nanoscale Carbon/TiO2 Composite Counter Electrode. Energy & Environmental Science (invited and cover article, among top ten most-read paper in August 2010), 2, 426 –429, 2009.