Published Wichita State chemists discover laser materials

What do you picture when you think of lasers? Laser pointers? Perhaps laser eye surgery or barcode scanners? Turns out there’s more to lasers than most people realize, and a Wichita State University chemistry team recently discovered a new series of laser material with potential commercial use.

Vivian Nguyen, a recent graduate of WSU, and Dr. Jian Wang Nguyen, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discovered new laser materials (KX)P2S6(X=Sb, Bi, Ba) made up of many important elements. That discovery has landed their research in Chemical Science, the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.