The Tovar group is interested in the study of organic materials possessing extended π-electron conjugation. We use molecular design as a tool to predict, control and seek a better understanding of energy transport processes through these organic electronic materials and therefore enable their employment in emerging applications ranging from inexpensive flexible circuitry to active biomedical materials. Research projects in our group provide students with extensive experience in organic synthesis (aromatic, polymer and peptide chemistries) along with optical and electrochemical characterization techniques.