Organic nanocrystals

Organiska nanokristaller, njurceller

Organic pigments, many of natural origin, are used in everyday commercial products. We seek to control supramolecular assembly of these ubiquitous cheap and nontoxic building blocks to develop nanoscale materials with a wide range of functionality.

Principal investigator: Eric Daniel Głowacki

Crystallization is governed by interplay of hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, and van der Waals forces.

By understanding and harnessing these interactions, an unlimited range of novel materials with size, shape, and function can be achieved.

Organic pigments can be crafted into high performance semiconducting crystals, which can be applied in optoelectronic devices. Due to outstanding stability in aqueous environments, we focus on applications at the interface with biology. Their semiconducting nature makes these crystals addressable with light and electrical signals, properties which we are exploiting to design bioelectronics components working at the cellular level.

These crystalline materials are emerging as intrinsic photo- and photoelectrocatalysts. We work on making next-generation semiconductor catalysts from these cheap and abundant materials to achieve various useful catalytic transformations.

The organic nanocrystals group is part of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Linkoping University (WCMM).

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