Specialty focus areas:
Novel Materials for Organic Solar Cells and Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
The majority of my research program is currently divided into two areas each supporting the overarching goal of designing new organic materials to enable an organic solar cell. The first area (50%) is focused toward the design and synthesis of phthalocyanine (Pc) crystals for solar light capture and electrical charge generation. The second (50%) is focused towards electrically transportive polymers to move the generated charge to the electrodes thereby completing the solar cell circuit. We also have minor efforts investigating liquid arylamine molecules to be used as liquid organic electrolytes in a Grätzel solar cell. Finally we are investigating the cross application of all of our new materials in OLED (organic light emitting diodes) devices.
My approach to research and graduate teaching involves three distinct and integrated activities lead by computer aided (in silico) molecular modeling, followed by synthesis and characterization (including incorporation of new materials in zero-order
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