Organic Energy Molecules
Development of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage, Conversion and Photocatalysis
Our strategy in the development of novel materials for energy storage and conversion focuses on conjugated polymer and carbons controlling morphological aspects that include surface area, pore size and pore volume; connectivity and percolation; solubility and dispersability. We utilize simple organic reactions to modify sustainable carbon materials and establish methodologies that can enhance properties such as electron and ion conductivity. Another important aspect relates to designing materials that are photoactive and can therefore be used as photocatalysts for applications in the topical field of solar fuels. In this regard, we focus on controlling the absorption and the electronic levels of conjugated microporous polymers and related materials.