The need for renewable energy sources has been identified for powering current and future naval systems for obtaining energy security. A novel class of inorganic and organic materials for various applications will be developed to meet the Navy's energy demands. We are interested in the design and synthesis of new organic materials for a diverse class of applications, including organic photovoltaic and supercapacitor devices. The goal is to stimulate novel and exciting work in the areas of small organic molecules, and polymer semiconductors. Our work focuses on polymer semiconductor devices such as transistors, sensors, lasers, photovoltaics for energy generation, and we also have a keen interest in developing organic materials for supercapacitors and related energy storage devices. The work will entail a strong synthetic background and some knowledge of structure property relationship of organic materials and how this translates into the solid state. The synthesis will include making a new class of organic semiconductors with tunable properties. Successful completion of this proposal will provide the Navy with new, more robust organic materials and devices that will allow for the reduction in the time/duration required for the maintenance and replacement of batteries, as well as providing a low cost alternative energy source for current Navy systems.
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Coffin RC, Peet J, Rogers J, Bazan GC: Nature Chemistry 1: 657-661, 2009
Photovoltaics; Organic semiconductors; Polymers; Supercapacitors; Transistors; Light emitting devices; Bulk heterojunction; Renewable energy; Materials science;