We explore the chemistry and properties of carbon-rich molecules, including fullerene C60 and graphene nanoribbons, all of which possess exciting, unusual properties. We have been at the forefront of research in these areas, notably achieving the first insertion of helium and hydrogen inside an open fullerene. We are also the first group to synthesize graphene nanoribbons from molecular precursors with only heat and light as reagents. In addition, we have exploited the exceptional electronic and materials properties of fullerene derivatives to improve the morphology and performance of organic photovoltaic devices (OPVDs; or organic solar cells).
Below are several research themes in the group:
- Molecular surgery towards endohedral transition metal complexes
- Nanoscale assembly of fullerenes for improved bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic systems
- Synthetic methods for developing new fullerene chemistry
- Synthesis of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with controlled topology and width
- π-Conjugated radicals for ferro- and ferrimagnets
- Three-dimensional organic metals or superconductors
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