Members of the Zysman-Colman group conduct research at the interface of organometallic/organic, optoelectronic materials, physical organic, and supramolecular chemistry. We use a combination of organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, varied analytical techniques such as NMR, mass spectrometry, emission spectroscopy, and electrochemistry, coupled with molecular modelling to address four major research goals relating to energy conversion:
(1) Development of improved luminophores for visual displays and flat panel lighting based on organic light emitting diode (OLED) and light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEEC) architectures; (2) Design of more efficient dyes for Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) and Grätzel-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs); (3) Design of sensors that operate through an electrochemiluminescence mechanism (4) On a more fundamental level, investigation of what properties within an emissive molecule renders it a good photosensitizer capable of promoting electrocyclic and radical reactions using visible light.
The proposed project will target TADF emitter development for electroluminescent devices.
Dynamic, energetic and hard-working students interested in undertaking a PhD in the Zysman-Colman group in this research area should register their interest as soon as possible. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Zysman-Colman ([email protected]). More information is available on the group website (www.zysman-colman.com).
Potential applicants are welcome to arrange to visit St Andrews at any time.