Andrew B. Bocarsly
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
We are currently involved with various projects that are thematically related to the chemistry of materials and the synthesis of new materials with intriguing physical properties. Projects range from exploring the photochemistry associated with the lithographic deposition of platinum and copper on nonconducting and semiconducting substrates (metallized plastics and glasses) to making detailed studies of liquid-solid interfaces having interesting electronic, photochemical, or electrochemical properties. Two key areas of interest are the chemistry associated with semiconductor-electrolyte interactions and the design, synthesis, and characterization of chemically modified electrode surfaces. These latter studies involve the anchoring of specific molecular species to a conducting or semiconducting substrate in order to generate an interface having specific chemical or physical properties.