Research

Novel Conjugated Polymers
Conjugated polymers are actively being studied for use in solar energy conversion, light emission, and sensors, among many other applications. The properties of conjugated polymers and their performance in devices are heavily dependent on the polymer’s molecular composition. Many of the conjugated polymers currently under study are derivatives of a small number of parent polymer moieties. Our aim is to develop novel, electron deficient conjugated polymers, focusing on electron-accepting materials for use in solar voltaic devices.

Block Copolymer Templating
Block copolymers are macromolecules composed of two or more polymer chains linked together. In both the solid state and in solution, block copolymers can spontaneously form well-defined, controllable structures on the nanoscale through self-assembly. We plan on exploiting this self-assembly behavior to template inorganic materials with the goal of patterning novel ceramic and semi-conducting materials on the nanoscale. We are especially interested in the block copolymer nano-patterning of non-oxide containing inorganic materials.