Research

Our research centers on understanding how structural and electronic properties of hybrid materials are correlated. By integrating tunable molecular species with extended solid-state materials that exhibit versatile electronic properties, we produce new hybrid materials and develop new routes to modifying existing solid-state systems. In this way we will design material platforms from which we can address renewable energy challenges in fields such as energy storage, optoelectronics, and catalysis. We are interested in the iteration of synthesis, characterization, and application to explore uncharted phase space with the ultimate goal of property control. We are excited to operate at the interface of numerous fields and therefore collaborate with colleagues across diverse disciplines.

Lab members utilize the toolboxes of organic, inorganic, and materials chemistry in both solution and the solid state to produce hybrid systems, gaining proficiency in a variety of synthetic techniques. We characterize and understand structural and electronic property relationships using powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, a wide range of spectroscopies, electrochemical methods, device fabrication, and through examining properties of materials under extreme conditions.