The Nuckolls Group
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Our research creates new types of molecules that assemble into uniquely functioning devices. The cornerstone of this program is a vigorous synthetic effort that allows a freedom of design, producing new structural types and assembly motifs. Once synthesized, we investigate the molecular and macromolecular assembly characteristics of these systems, trying to gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between molecular structure, assembly, and emergent function. Our current research efforts are aimed at creating novel and general methods to assemble and interconnect organic structures into functioning molecular-scale devices useful for energy transport and conversion. It cannot be overstated how important synthesis will be in defining this next generation of devices.
This field of research is multidisciplinary. Students who study these problems will be required to master many tasks, including design, synthesis, and measurement. This broad-based program will serve to train students to use organic synthesis and self-assembly to address critical problems in nanotechnology.
Coaxially Conductive Organic Wires Through Self-Assembly
Shayan Louie, Yu Zhong, Si Tong Bao, Cedric Schaack, Alvaro Montoya, Zexin Jin, Nicholas M. Orchanian, Yang Liu, Wenrui Lei, Kelsey Harrison, James Hone, Alexander Angerhofer, Austin M. Evans*, and Colin P. Nuckolls*
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 9, 4940–4945