Currently, we are working on three thrust areas:

  • Organic Nanoparticles and Their  Assemblies
  • Conjugated Molecules and Polymers
  • Ion Transport in Hybrid Organic Inorganic Perovskites.

Check out our publications page for recent publications from our group in these areas.  You can also check out this video

Completed Projects:

Copper-based Catalysts for Cross-Coupling Reactions (1999-2007)

  • Discovered synthetic protocols for the use of copper(I) complexes as catalysts for the cross-coupling of aryl halides with various nucleophiles.
  • Two of our complexes, Cu(phenanthroline)(PPh3)Br (Cat. No. 29-4000) and [Cu(phenanthroline)(PPh3)2]NO3 (Cat. No. 29-6000) are available from Strem Chemicals.

Recovery and Reuse of Transition Metal Catalysts (1999-2005)

  • Discovered that the linker between the soluble polymer and the catalysts had impact on the stereoselectivity of enantioselective reactions.
  • Discovered that a sohxlet process can be combined with a dialysis membrane to rapidly recover and reuse transition metal catalysts.

Higher Dimensional Electronic Materials (1999-2005)

  • Synthesized various pi-conjugated molecules and studied them as ligands for multidimensional electronic structures.
  • Showed that two dimensional electronic networks can be obtained through directed assembly of molecules.

Chirooptical Studies on Electroactive Molecules  (1999-2012)

  • Synthesized helical pi-conjugated molecules and studied them for their chirooptical properties
  • In collaboration with the Barnes group, studied chirooptical properties of single helical molecules

Materials for Proton Transport (2007-2011)

  • Introduced molecules based on squaric acid for proton transport
  • Introduced discotic LC-based systems for proton transport