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Organic Materials and Polymer Synthesis

  • Synthesis of electro-optically active materials: polymers, oligomers, amphiphiles, polyelectrolytes and dendrimers. This includes the use of the precursor polymer method.

  • Application of electrochemistry and electropolymerization methods to synthesize ultrathin films with conjugated polymers and oligomers.

  • Synthesis and photo-induced alignment of dyes in ultra thin films using photoisomerizable moieties: understanding the alignment process and application for display devices.

  • Fabrication of materials and thin films specifically for Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) and Field Effect Transistors (FET) devices using ultra thin film techniques.

  • Development of patterning and non-conventional deposition techniques using reactive cross-linking processes.


2-D Crystallization of Thiophene Dendrimers

                    Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles


Ultra thin Films and Surface Analysis

  • Investigation of polymer and small molecule adsorption on surfaces using surface sensitive techniques: QCM, SPS, AFM, ellipsometry, waveguides.
  • Surface Initiated Polymerization (SIP) methods for modifying surfaces, coating of nanoparticles (core shells) and formation of nanocomposites.
  • Application of the Electrostatic Layer-By-Layer (ELBL) methods to form functional ultrathin films.
  • Application of electropolymerization techniques using the precursor polymers and designed oligomers.


Electrochemical Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy Set-Up


Nanotechnology Related Projects

  • Synthesis of Nanoparticles using polyelectrolyte complexes and block copolymers.
  • Nanostructured Ultrathin Films Using Layer-by-layer Assemblies to incorporate nanobuilding blocks.
  • Dendrimers as Organic Macromolecule with applications in energy transfer, electron transfer, guest-host (molecular imprinting), and core-shell systems.

Electrochemical Nanopatterning of Precursor Polymers


Biotechnology Related Projects

  • Development of biofunctional surfaces and ultrathin film strategies as applied to biomedical and bioengineering: applications to drug delivery, implants, and biosensors.
  • Supramolecular assembly and layer-by-layer techniques in ultrathin films as applied to biotechnology.

Hybrid-Au-Dendron Nanoparticles


TEM of Hybrid Au-Thiophene Dendron Nanoparticles


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