Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. 1970, Stanford University
Research in Professor Schwartz's group is in the general area of organometallic chemistry. Currently, they are studying how to create interfaces between organics and inorganic materials by chemical deposition of organometallic complexes onto solid surfaces. It seems reasonable, if you wanted to join together an organic and an inorganic, that you might choose an "organo-metallic" as an interface, since it should be possible to get the "metallic" part to bind to the inorganic partner and the "organo" part to interact strongly with the organic one of a composite. Indeed, composite systems are important components of "high tech" devices, and we are interested in two such "high tech" areas. The first involves surface modification of indium tin oxide, which is the anode material of modern organics-based light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), as a means to enhance device performance. The other aims to develop interfaces to enable strong interactions between metallic implants and small peptides, in the context of stabilizing the bone-to-implant interaction in a biomedical application. At first glance, areas such as optoelectronic devices and surgical implants might seem rather unrelated. But, in fact, at the level of interface organometallic chemistry, they are conceptually quite similar!