Opportunities for Classic Step-growth Chemistries in Opto-electronic Applications
Prof. Theo Dingemans
Department of Applied Physical Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 121 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3055.
Venue: Toxicology Auditorium 2104
Time: 11:00 AM.
All-aromatic conjugated small molecules and polymers are currently under evaluation as active materials for flexible, low-cost, ultra-thin electronic devices. Most conjugated materials used in organic electronics are synthesized using time-consuming Suzuki–, Wittig–, or Heck–type coupling reactions. These chemistries often make use of expensive transition metal catalysts, require stringent reaction conditions, and extensive product purification. In order to offer a more economic route towards organic conjugated materials we are exploring century old condensation chemistries, where amides (-CONH-) and azomethines (-CH=N-), are used as the (non) conjugated linker unit in the synthesis of organic opto-electronic building blocks. We have demonstrated that this allows us to design field-effect transistors (OFETs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and electrochromic devices at acceptable material costs. We will report on our latest results and discuss the pros and cons of using simple one-pot step-growth chemistries towards the design and synthesis of novel conjugated molecules.
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Biography: Theo Dingemans is a professor of Applied Physical Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He is a Co-founder and CTO of Allotropica Technologies Inc. a technology that is an accelerator for high-performance polymers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC . His research interests focus on the design and synthesis of high molecular weight all-aromatic polymers, low molar mass liquid crystals and the conjunction of these two topics in order to engineer new classes of high-performance polymers. For example, his group designs liquid crystal network polymers, aramids, epoxies, polyimides, and polyaryletherketones that can be used to prepare high-strength fibers, films and (non)continuous fiber reinforced (nano)composites. He is a recipient of several awards.