Electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) show promise for diverse electrochemical applications including electrochemical sensing, energy storage, conversion, and separations. However, most MOFs are synthesized as poorly processable powders, hindering device integration. The Xiao lab has recently developed conjugated metal-organic macrocycles that combine the porosity and rapid charge transport found in conductive MOFs with the processability of organic polymers. I have expanded upon this work by developing new macrocycles with the use of nitrogen-based bridging ligands, rather than the original oxygen-based system. Ultimately, my research will establish semiconducting macrocycles as a rich and diverse family of materials.
Advisor: Dianne Xiao – Chemistry