We utilize well-defined molecular materials to investigate charge transport and self-assembly processes across nano- and mesoscopic length scales. We have a special interest in developing the chemistry of modular, redox-active, building blocks – to explore how their properties change as they are combined to construct extended structures in 1D, 2D and 3D (see below), and how these may ultimately be exploited for applications in areas such as molecular-scale electronics or energy storage.

Researchers in the group can expect to gain extensive experience with both preparative chemistry (making molecules) and physical characterisation (measuring molecular properties) methods. We design and synthesise new organometallic, coordination, and organic compounds using Schlenk line, glove box, microwave, flash chromatography, NMR, UV-vis, IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and single-crystal x-ray diffraction techniques. We use potentiostats and scanning probe microscopes (both commercial and custom-built) to study the electrochemical and conductance properties of these materials in solution, on surfaces and in the solid state down to the single-molecule level.

Molecular-Scale Electronics

Exploring the fundamentals of charge transport through individual redox-active molecules.

Self-Assembled Monolayers

Developing new approaches to control the precise positioning of molecules on surfaces from the bottom-up.

Metal-Covalent Organic Frameworks

Investigating how metal-organic bonds impact the electronic properties of extended molecular systems.

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