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Abstract: Semiconducting materials have long played a pivotal role in the development of organic electronic applications such as OLEDs and OFETs. More recently, semiconducting polymers have made their entry into the new field of bioelectronics, where electronic materials are coupled with a biological event. They are similarly showing promise as active materials for thermoelectric energy conversion. In my talk I will discuss our recent work on the design and synthesis of new semiconducting materials for these emerging applications with an emphasis on the development of efficient mixed ionic and electronic conductors for biosensing applications and on controlling polymer-dopant interactions at the molecular level in the context of organic thermoelectrics.
Biography: Christian Nielsen received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2004. He has since held academic and industrial research positions in the US and the UK. Christian Nielsen joined Queen Mary University of London in 2016 and is jointly affiliated with the Materials Research institute and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new semiconducting materials for organic electronic and bioelectronic applications with the aim of elucidating important structure-property relations and providing new tailored materials to advance the understanding and performance of organic electronic and bioelectronic devices such as organic solar cells, field-effect transistors and biosensors.