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Discovering New Materials for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

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Various colors produced with our new LED emittersThrough a rational molecular design and the fundamental study of photophysics we try to develop novel organic materials with suitable properties for OLEDs. We utilize our expertise in organic chemistry to design and prepare various electroluminophores (compounds and materials that emit light when subjected to an electric potential) based on modified 8-hydroxyquinoline ligands. We have demonstrated that the introduction of functional groups may be used to fine-tune the emission-color from the device. Our new materials make it possible to cover the entire visible spectrum (see the attached picture). This research, in conjunction with that of physicists and engineers looking for the most appropriate match between the new light-emitters and the remaining components in an OLED (i.e., semiconductor layers and electrodes), is aimed at attaining the best performance in these devices.

The Center for Photochemical Sciences fulfilled my expectations regarding both academics and research. Faculty and colleagues make a very nice environment for work. Since my arrival at BGSU, my interest in the photosciences has constantly increased. In addition, receiving the McMaster fellowship represents an excellent achievement in my professional development. The fellowship recognizes students with great potential to become lead scientists in both academic and industrial environments, as well as role models. During my career, I hope to work hard to meet and exceed the expectations from the recipients of these awards.

In the future I would like to continue working in the field of organic electronics. Since I want to see developed products in the public’s hand, I will most likely continue my career in industry.

I recommend young students to check the resources available on the Internet. There are many websites that provide excellent insights into research in the photosciences (in addition to this one). For a more personal experience, I would also suggest visiting the Center at BGSU to get additional information, particularly about our Ph.D. program.

Victor Montes

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