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Molecular Self-Assembly of Macromolecules in Additively Manufactured Organic Semiconductors

Faculty Member: Eric Jankowski

The electronic properties of organic solar cells and aerospace composites depend on the arrangements of their constituent molecules, which depend on their print processing conditions. Computer simulations enable controlled experiments into the thermodynamics and kinetics of macromolecular rearrangements that underpin manufacturing techniques, and will be used here to inform experiments to optimize print conditions for a variety of advanced materials.

Student Research Experience: Students will become familiar with tools used to perform molecular simulations, working closely with graduate students and faculty to run molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations. They will collaborate with experimentalists and modelers for model validation and verification. Participants will be mentored in the dissemination of student work through peer-reviewed journal publications.