The Molecular Materials and Nanosystems Group was established in 2003 and is an interdepartmental research group at the TU/e active in the Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry. It brings together researchers from these two fields and aims at establishing a coherent research program on the physics and chemistry of nanostructured materials and nano-sized organic and inorganic molecular systems.
The research objective is to investigate and develop molecules, macromolecules and (nano)structured materials with tailored physical properties. The tunability of the electronic, magnetic and optical properties may lead to future applications in advanced technological devices such as transistors, light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells and memories. The interest in these functional molecular materials and nanosystems is driven by the scientific challenge in understanding the underlying mechanisms of physical phenomena in systems of reduced dimensionality down to the molecular level. A wide range of subjects and techniques are used to accomplish these goals.
• The synthesis and electro-optical characterization of materials for use in (mainly) organic solar cells,
• The design, fabrication and measurement of organic electronic devices such as solar cells, memories, transistors and ratchets,
• Advanced scanning probe microscopy to study both single molecules and operational devices,
• Ab-initio, Monte Carlo and drift-diffusion modeling.