Our research involves molecule-based materials and nanomaterials with conducting, magnetic and optical properties. This includes preparation of electronically-delocalised molecules with properties such as reversible redox processes, intense low-energy absorptions and the capability for strong intermolecular interactions. These are then used to prepare functional electronic materials.
Such materials and devices have the potential to be readily printed from solution and as such are set for widespread application in areas such as displays, transistors and solar cells. The molecules and materials we synthesise include transition metal complexes, extended-aromatic organic molecules and inorganic nanomaterials. We use our materials to prepare solar cells, photocatalysts, transistors and supercapacitors, and we characterise these by measuring properties such as conductivity, charge mobility, magetic properties and solar cell performance.