Project title: Semiconducting Materials for Organic Bioelectronic Devices
Summary: My PhD project will draw inspiration from established materials chemistry to develop novel pi-conjugated materials with semiconducting properties as well as biological relevant functionalities that can facilitate the coupling of organic electronics with biology. This project will focus on the chemical synthesis of biocompatible pi-conjugated molecules and polymers that have both the anticipated electronic properties as well as the desired biological relevant properties such as swellability, ionic transport and chemically reactive grafting sites. The developed materials will be characterized by means of various analytical techniques such as optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry and X-ray diffraction and scattering. Subsequent device fabrication will involve thin film processing, electrical testing, biocompatibility tests, sensing and imaging and will be carried out in collaboration with colleagues in the Materials Research Institute and external collaborators.