Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Poly-Conjugated Molecules and Materials
Poly-conjugated molecules are ubiquitous components in molecular-based materials, including novel conductors and photovoltaic devices (i.e., solar cells). The structural properties and dynamics of conjugated moities dictate the courses of energy- and charge-transfer processes that underscore greater material properties and function, and should be well-understood in order to optimize material design. Additionally, excited states of poly-conjugated systems exhibit energy-transfer behaviors and structural characteristics that are of great fundamental chemical interest. Towards developing a molecular-level understanding of these features, we are interrogating the dynamics and spectroscopy of various poly-conjugated molecular systems that have potential material applications.