Project Overview

Design and Synthesis of Small Molecular Chromophores for use in Solar Energy Applications

Faculty Sponsor

Denise Femia (




Motivated by a desire to turn solar energy into a commercially viable renewable replacement to fossil fuels, this project focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of small-molecule chromophores (organometallic complexes and organic molecules that absorb in the visible-NIR region) based on common dyes and pigments.  These materials can be used to convert solar photons into usable energy via dye sensitized solar cells or photocatalytic systems.  This project focuses on the synthesis of new materials, using techniques introduced in Organic Chemistry lab and developing new skills to run air-free reactions.  Once synthesized, target molecues will be characterized, utilizing NMR to confirm the structure, and photophysical characterization to determine the excited-state properties.

Student Qualifications

Successful completion of CHEM 263 and CHEM 264.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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