Areas of Interest
Molecular Linkers, Semiconductor Nanoparticles.
Photochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Organic Biochemistry, General Chemistry.
Memberships and Professional Service
NMR Supervising Committee, 2002-current; Editorial Advisory Board of Langmuir, 2006-2009; Rutgers Newark Library Committee Member 2000-2003; Reviewer of Journal of the American Chemical Society, Langmuir, Tetrahedron, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Principal Investigator, PRF-AC, "Study of Aggregation of Organic Dyes on Mental Oxide Nanoparticle Surfaces," 2007-2009; Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Energy BES, "Linkes for Semiconductor Nanoparticle Sensitization," 2004-2007; Co-Principal Investigator, NSF-NIRT, "Electronic Interactions in Hybrid Organic-Nanoparticle Materials," 2003-2008; Kavli Frontiers of Sciences Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2006.
Academic Interests and Plans
My synthetic group designs and studies rigid molecular linkers for the functionalization of semiconductor nanoparticles (TiO2 ZrO2 and ZnO) with dyes, chromophores and redox active groups. The linker design is used to control the distance, aggregation, binding and electronic properties of the dyes to the semiconductor surface. The systems that we are investigating range from simple molecules to complex supramolecular assemblies. The nanoparticle-linker-donor systems allow fundamental studies of dye-nanoparticle electronic interactions as well as more practical applications for photovoltaics (solar cells), sensors and other devices.