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Our Research Areas

Welcome to the Lab of Pi-Conjugated Molecules and Materials. Our research areas include the development of novel pi-structures and  materials with unique optoelectronic properties, the investigation of their fundamental electronic and optical properties, and the exploration of their potential applications.

Organic Pi-Radicals Based on Heterocyclic Quinodimethanes

    Organic π-radicals are a fascinating class of compounds in the realm of organic chemistry, distinguished by the presence of an unpaired electron within a π-system. This unique electronic configuration endows these radicals with intriguing magnetic and electronic properties. Their unpaired electron allows for facile spin interactions, making them crucial in the development of molecular magnets and materials with potential applications in spintronics. By virtue of their distinctive electronic structure and reactivity, organic π-radicals have emerged as pivotal players in the pursuit of novel materials and technologies, pushing the boundaries of organic chemistry and its applications in cutting-edge fields.

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Zig-zag Nanographenes and Carbon Nanobelts

    The challenging synthesis of zig-zag nanographene and carbon nanobelts holds immense importance in the field of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. These specialized carbon structures exhibit potentially unprecedented electronic properties, underscoring the value of controlled synthesis. Overcoming the synthetic challenges associated with these materials not only facilitates the development of state-of-the-art electronic devices, but also opens up exciting avenues for exploring novel magnetic behavior due to the potential radical character of zig-zag nanographene. This undertaking represents a pivotal area of research with implications spanning a wide spectrum of technological advancements, from cutting-edge electronics to revolutionary materials.

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π-Extended Nonalternant Hydrocarbons

    Nonbenzenoid nonalternant aromatic hydrocarbons constitute a fascinating subset within the realm of aromatic compounds, distinguished by their departure from both benzene-like structures and traditional alternant patterns. These compounds possess unconventional ring systems that defy the classical Hückel's rule, resulting in electronic delocalization that is both intriguing and challenging to predict. These compounds have garnered significant attention in theoretical and synthetic chemistry due to their exotic reactivity and potential applications in areas such as molecular electronics and materials science. Furthermore, nonbenzenoid nonalternant aromatics serve as valuable models for understanding the fundamental principles underlying aromaticity in diverse chemical contexts. The study of these compounds continues to inspire breakthroughs in aromaticity theory and synthetic methodology, pushing the boundaries of chemical knowledge and fostering innovation in the field.

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Organic Electronic/Optoelectronic Materials

    Conjugated materials are the cornerstone of organic electronics, revolutionizing the field with their unique electronic properties. These materials possess extended π-electron systems, allowing for efficient delocalization of charge carriers across their molecular structure. This intrinsic feature enables the creation of flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective electronic devices, such as organic solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). The versatility of conjugated materials allows for tailored design and synthesis, paving the way for tunable optoelectronic properties to suit specific applications.

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