Identifying new design parameters for organic semiconductors using spectroscopy and computational chemistry (Hodgkiss, Gordon)

Our goal is to elucidate the molecular underpinnings of effective solar cell materials. We employ Raman spectroscopy coupled with computational chemistry to interrogate the electronic structure and optical behaviour of sensitizers for dye-sensitised solar cells. We are developing new ways to probe the dynamics and mechanism of photocurrent generation in polymer solar cells using sensitive ultrafast optical spectroscopy.   Our […]

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Metallosupramolecular materials (Telfer, Brooker)

One specific focal point is synthesis and characterisation of molecules with interesting magnetic phenomena, such as spin crossover and single-molecule magnet behaviour. In work underway, we are using our expertise in macrocyclic chemistry to investigate a new approach to controlled preparation of single molecule magnets. A second focus of work in this objective is preparation and […]

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Functionalised surfaces (Travas-Sejdic, Downard, Hall, Williams(D))

Our work focuses in three areas: i) Optimisation of new approaches for grafting nanoscale organic layers on conducting and non-conducting surfaces and development of methods for patterning the layers and exploiting their reactivity. The approach under study relies on the generation of radicals which attack and bind to the substrate, resulting in strong and stable […]

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Molecular Materials

Molecular materials show promise for diverse applications and researchers in this theme have expertise in many of these, including: molecular magnets, solar energy and electroluminescent materials, sensors, catalysts and sorbents.  Such applications rely on single molecules or collections of molecules, in the form of 3-D structures or thin films, exhibiting specific functions. To design, synthesise, […]

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