Research in the Reynolds group focuses on the synthesis and characterization of π-conjugated materials (small molecules and polymers) for use in organic electronics applications. Our research capabilities include organic synthesis, electrochemical characterization, and the fabrication and testing of organic electronic devices. With these broad capabilities, our group sees materials through from molecular beginnings to working electronic devices. See below for our specific research interests.
Small Molecule & Polymer Synthesis
Design and synthesis of new materials for use in the applications of electrochromics, photovoltaics, and capacitance
Designing and understanding a library of high-contrast and fast-switching colored to colorless polymers, and fabricating air-stable devices to withstand environmental and electrochemical stresses for practical use
Charge Storage Materials
Designing and understanding a library of solution processable, highly capacitive polymers that charge/discharge rapidly, and fabricating air-stable devices to withstand environmental and electrochemical stresses while maintaining high capacitance and fast charge/discharge rates
Organic Photovoltaic Materials
Investigating structure-property relationships in donor-acceptor small molecules and polymers. These relationships guide the development of new acceptors, donors, and motif designs for achieving high efficiency, solution processable OPVs.
Understanding various processing techniques and the resultant morphology developed is critical to improving the efficiency of organic solar cells and other organic electronic devices. We focus on device processing and real-time evolution of thin film morphology. We are also investigating techniques for inducing morphology changes in solution and film.