We explore the chemistry of carbon-rich organic molecules and their properties at the nanoscale level. The novel molecular forms of carbon, fullerene C60 and graphene nanoribbons, have exciting and unusual chemistry that are explored in our group. We have been at the forefront achievements 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; these show promise in nanoprocessing applications. 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 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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