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This is homepage for the Chiechi Group at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
 
About The Group
Our research combines organic-materials synthesis with nanofabrication and self-assembly to explore new chemistry, techniques, and phenomena in electro-active materials. Our main philosophy is sustainability through simplicity: we are bridging the gap between physics, engineering, and chemistry by developing simple tools that allow for systematic studies of new molecules on the bench-top.
There are three main tools in our arsenal: 1) the chemistry of organic materials, 2) nanoskiving, and 3) tunneling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers. Currently we are focusing these tools on molecular electronics, photovoltaics, and conjugated polymers.


Molecular Electronics: We are developing new ways to contact ensembles of molecules on the micro scale, and collections of single molecules on the nanometer scale using EGaIn and Nanoskiving.
Photovoltaics: We are investigating new ideas for organic materials for the next generation of excitonic solar cells.
Conjugated Polymers: We are investigating new concepts in the synthesis and processing of conjugated polymers and the role of charges in their solubility.


 

Device-Compatible Chiroptical Surfaces through Self-Assembly of Enantiopure Allenes

Ozcelik, A.., R.. Pereira-Cameselle, A.. von Weber, M.. Paszkiewicz, M.. Carlotti, T.. Paintner, L.. Zhang, T.. Lin, Y.-Q.. Zhang, J.. V. Barth, et al., "Device-Compatible Chiroptical Surfaces through Self-Assembly of Enantiopure Allenes", Langmuir, vol. 34, no. 15, pp. 4548-4553, 2018.

Controlling destructive quantum interference in tunneling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers via bond topology and functional groups

Zhang, Y., G. Ye, S. Soni, X. Qiu, T[space]L.. Krijger, H. T. Jonkman, M. Carlotti, E. Sauter, M. Zharnikov, and R. C. Chiechi, "Controlling destructive quantum interference in tunneling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers via bond topology and functional groups", Chem. Sci., vol. 9: The Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 4414 - 4423, 2018.

Directing Mesenchymal Stem Cells with Gold Nanowire Arrays

Qihui, Z., Z. Zhiyuan, Z. Ziwei, Z. Gang, C. Ryan C., and van. Rijn Patrick, "Directing Mesenchymal Stem Cells with Gold Nanowire Arrays", Advanced Materials Interfaces, pp. 1800334, 2018.

Enhancing doping efficiency by improving host-dopant miscibility for fullerene-based n-type thermoelectrics

Qiu, L., J. Liu, R. Alessandri, X. Qiu, M. Koopmans, R[space]W.. A. Havenith, S. J. Marrink, R. C. Chiechi, J. Anton L. Koster, and J. C. Hummelen, "Enhancing doping efficiency by improving host-dopant miscibility for fullerene-based n-type thermoelectrics", J. Mater. Chem. A, vol. 5: The Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 21234-21241, 2017.

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