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Our research is in the area of materials chemistry and physics of complex, soft materials. Specifically, we are interested in electrically-active polymeric and molecular materials.  We hope to elucidate the fundamental processing-structure-property relationships that govern these materials to generate design rules and guidelines for the rational synthesis of materials with tailored properties and the development of innovative processing and patterning technologies for the realization of low-cost, light weight, mechanically flexible thin-film devices, such as organic transistors and solar cells.

Currently, we are examining how specific processing conditions affect the structure evolution of organic and polymer materials, and how structural development can in turn impact applications-relevant macroscopic electrical and physical properties. Work is being carried out on molecular and polymeric semiconductors, conducting polymers, solution-synthesized and structurally precise graphene nano ribbons, as well as organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites.

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01/14/2016 Geoff Purdum selected as this year's Kris Layn Award recipient.  The award recognizes outstanding performance in research by a graduate student by the end of his/her third year in residence.  Congratulations, Geoff!  

Anna Hailey's techno-economic analysis of low-carbon liquid fuels production from non-food biomass and domestic gas highlighted in the winter issue of E-quad News.  For more information, go here.

01/05/2016 The new year sees us bidding farewell to visitor Prof. Kok Keong Chong and welcoming first-year graduate students Kaichen Gu, Clay Hamill, and Jeni Sorli. Welcome on board!
 Fall 2015 Melda Sezen and Jeff Register's work on developing conducting polymer sensors highlighted in E-quad News.  For more information, go here.


Donor-Acceptor Interfacial Interactions Dominate Device Performance in Hybrid P3HT-ZnO Nanowire-Array Solar Cells

The adsorption of phosphonic acid derivatives on vertically oriented ZnO nanostructures modulates surface properties.  Subsequent infiltration of a polymer donor creates hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells whose device performance can be optimized through the adsorption of different phosphonic acid derivatives at the donor-acceptor interface. To learn more, refer to Luisa Whittaker Brooks' recent publication in Advanced Energy Materials.