Kirk S. Schanze

Prominski & Distinguished Professor
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Biographical Info

Research in our lab is focused on the interaction of light with organic and organometallic materials. We have an interest in a number of optical applications such as light emitting devices (LEDs), fluorescent sensors, solar energy conversion and non-linear optical phenomena. In one specific project we are involved in the chemical synthesis and fundamental study of water soluble conjugated polymers (conjugated polyelectrolytes). These materials find application in a number of areas, including fabrication of fluorescent bio-sensors and nano-structured films for use in organic photovoltaic cells. In another line of investigation, we are studying the optical properties of novel conjugated organometallic oligomers and polymers. Finally, we have a long standing interest in the development of thin film based luminescent oxygen sensor materials which are used by aerodynamic engineers to measure air pressure distributions on wind-tunnel models.

Categories: emeritus