University of Otago, New Zealand


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Thomas Hall

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Thomas Hall
Supervisor: Dr Nigel T. Lucas
Tel: (03) 479 9089
Location: Science II, 3c3

Synthesis and spectroscopy of discrete carbon-rich-containing materials

Project summary:

Carbon-rich materials such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and electron donor-acceptor (D-A) materials are two classes of optically-active compounds that have gained significant attention for photovoltaic and molecular electronic  applications. This research project intends to synthesise a range of hybrid materials that incorporate both PAH and D-A motifs, specifically to exploit the dual electron-donor and discotic liquid crystalline mesogenic nature of PAHs in combination with a range of electron-acceptors. These hybrid materials, once made, will be investigated for both their optical properties in solution and in the larger bulk phase.