A Comparison of the Behavior of Two Different Squaraines: Insights into Efficiency
Chemistry MS Candidate, RIT
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Christopher Collison
Squaraines (SQ) are a class of small organic molecules that show great promise for use in organic photovoltaics (OPV). In solid films, the SQ molecules are known to interact, readily aggregating together, which has a significant impact on their properties, thus effecting the overall efficiency of devices. In this work, the aggregation of two SQ is studied, and a model is created to spectroscopically determine the relative populations of aggregates compared to “monomers,” the primary goal being to determine a quantitative relationship between the degree of aggregation and device efficiency. Additionally, a new state of the SQ molecules is discovered, neither a monomer or a true aggregate, and its effect on efficiency is explored.
Dan was born in Buffalo, NY and completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from RIT. His undergraduate research was primarily focused on organic chemistry, working with Dr. Christina Goudreau on her project to create a new organic lab curriculum. For his master’s research, he worked with Dr. Christopher Collison on a project working on organic photovoltaic devices.
When and Where
12:30 PM-1:45 PM
Thomas Gosnell Hall
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