Research Interests


During the past decade and half there has been tremendous progress in the development of organic molecules for material science applications. We are interested in developing functional materials having applications in molecular electronics, chemical / biological sensors and catalysis. This would involve the extensive use of synthetic organic / inorganic chemistry techniques and several characterization techniques. The research topics that we would focus on are mentioned below.


Organic Materials:

Our mission is to develop new p-conjugated organic molecules (oligomers and polymers) and study their structure and properties in detail.  These materials would be utilized to fabricate devices for organic light emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices, thin film transistors and waveguides.  NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Fluorimeter, cyclic voltammetry, X-ray, DSC, TGA and several microscopic techniques would be utilized to study the physical and chemical characteristics of these organic materials.

Hybrid Materials and Composites:

This would include the development of new "organic-inorganic" and "biological-synthetic" combination materials. The self and directed assembly of these molecules would be performed to create novel materials and nanoscopic structures that would be exploited for studying the structure, property and function of individual molecules and their assemblies.

Optoelectronics and Sensors:

Semiconducting polymers/oligomers and hybrid materials having conduction and/or luminescent properties would be utilized in photonic and electronics applications.  Thin layer deposition, morphological studies, device fabrication and testing would be performed on  all the new materials being developed within the group.

Bioinorganic chemistry and Asymmetric catalysis:

Catalysts that would mimic biological systems would be developed for performing catalytic conversions of small substrates to enantiomerically enriched products. Metalloporphyrins and related macrocycles would be synthesized and examined for their catalytic properties.

 

Chemical and Biological sensors-from detection and binding of analytes to biomedical applications:

Our goal is to develop new p-conjugated organic molecules (oligomers and polymers) and utilize these materials for detection of biologically important metals, metalloproteins, anions and monitor enzymatic processes. These materials would also be utilized for detection of environmental pollutants and their separation. Their in vivo activity will also be studied to extend their application for medicine and drug release.