Opto-electronic Materials

The Opto-Electronic Materials section is part of the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Our key interest is to study the nature and dynamics of short-lived intermediate excited states (excitons) and charge carriers within complex materials such as functional polymers, self-assembling molecular aggregates, inorganic nanoparticles, inorganic/organic composites and DNA. There is general interest in the opto-electronic properties of these materials because of their (potential) applications in devices such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes, field-effect transistors and nanoscale molecular electronics. In order to improve the performance of these devices, knowledge about the factors that govern the properties of excitons and excess charges is essential.