Summer Undergraduate Research Mentored Experience

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Dr. Juan Noveron

Department of Chemistry

Self-organized materials for molecular electronics

Preferred major field of study or minimum required skills

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Any major in STEM will be accepted.

Scholarly significance/intellectual merit

The rapidly growing area of self-organized materials, where directional non-covalent interactions are used to build extended networks with fascinating complexity, is in the dawn of its potential as a producer of new functional advanced materials. Currently, hydrogen bonding, metal-ligand coordination, and pi-pi stacking interactions are currently used as synthetic vectors that drive the self-assembly of new molecular architectures at the nanoscale. We found a new methodology to form nanowires driven by pi-pi stacking interactions that may be used in molecular electronics and nanostructured solar cells.

Research question(s)

What is the supramolecular structure-function relationship of pi-pi stacking networks with respect to their potential to serve as charge carriers in heterojunction organic solar cells?

Methods/techniques/instruments to be learned/utilized

  • Synthesis of small molecules
  • Crystal growth and design. X-ray crystallography
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Spin coating
  • Photovoltaics device fabrication