We are exploring the chemistry of carbon-rich organic molecules as well as their assembly at the nanoscale level. The exciting and unusual chemistry of the novel molecular form of carbon, fullerene C60, has brought forward important discoveries in our group, notably achieving the first insertion of the gases helium and hydrogen inside an open fullerene. More recently, we have been exploiting 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 the main research themes in our 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 carbon nanotubes with unique topology and width
- π-Conjugated radicals for ferro- and ferrimagnets
- Three-dimensional organic metals or superconductors
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