Efficient Lighting and Display Technology
Artificial lighting accounts for 19% of global electricity consumption, requiring as much as is produced by all gas-fired generation worldwide. The impact of lighting on greenhouse gas emissions is equally imposing, equal to roughly 70% of the emissions of all the world’s light passenger vehicles combined. Solid-state lighting based on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) has the potential to greatly improve the energy efficiency of our lighting sources, and to lead to printable displays made by low-cost processing methods. Research in our group focuses on developing materials with improved luminescent and charge-transporting properties for use in OLEDs, in close collaboration with researchers in materials science and engineering.
Functional Polymers for Optoelectronics
Polymeric electronics are lightweight, flexible, and inexpensive to process, and recent years have seen applications from printed displays to wearable devices emerge. Combining recent advances in solid-state lighting with the low-cost processing available to polymeric materials has the potential to allow efficient next-generation lighting to enter widespread use. Our research aims to prepare electronically functional polymers with novel luminescent and charge-transporting properties for use in printed display and lighting technology.
Self-Assembled Nanomaterials from Soft Matter
Though Nature routinely constructs complex biological structures with impressive control, laboratory-based synthetic methods are only beginning to reach similar levels of precision in the creation of nanoscale architectures. Advances in soft matter nanoscience have recently made possible the preparation of a wide variety of hierarchical nanomaterials, in particular, objects with multiple domains physically segregated on the nanoscale. Our group aims to extend these discoveries to the self-assembly of polymers with intrinsic functionality, such as luminescence, conductivity, or sensing ability. These self-assembled materials will then be explored for use in nanoscale electronics and diagnostic technology.