The main goal of our research is to discover new electronic and optical properties of conjugated organic molecules and polymers. In particular, we are interested in various aspects of conjugated molecules with axial chirality, and in their prospects as chiral organic semiconductors. In addition, we are interested in the interface between supramolecular chemistry and organic electronics, with potential application for sensitive sensors.
While the main part of our work involves organic synthesis of new materials, we also use computational tools to predict the properties of these materials. In addition, we investigate the photophysical, chiroptical and electronic properties of our materials (both in solution and in the solid state) with various characterization techniques, such as electrochemistry, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism, to gain deeper undertanding of their structure-property relation. We also collaborate with several groups for the purpose of testing our materials as the active layer in optical and electronic devices, such as organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light-emitting transistors (OLETs).