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Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Felix Fischer, UC Berkeley
Title: Teaching Polymers the Meaning of Life and Confining Electrons in Graphene nanoribbons
Location: 67-3111 Chemla Room


The exponentially increasing demand for ever smaller, faster, and more energy efficient electronic devices represents a monumental challenge in designing the next generation of post-silicon advanced functional materials. Traditionally, device architectures based on inorganic semiconductors are fabricated using a top-down approach; their performance is inherently limited by the spatial resolution of photolithographic techniques. In our group we pursue a diametrically opposite strategy. Our design of a new generation of high-performance electronic materials relies on a modular bottom-up strategy. We pursue a multidisciplinary research approach founded on the synthesis of functional organic materials with precisely defined properties, their controlled assembly into hierarchical structures, and the evaluation of their performance at the molecular and the macroscopic scale. We strive to understand, control, and harness the exceptional properties emerging from nanoscale materials by developing a suite of novel synthetic strategies that offer an unprecedented atomically precise control over length, width, symmetry, and electronic structure. The exploration, realization and implementation of the truly exotic properties emerging from quantum confinement effects in nanomaterials are the driving force behind the research program summarized below.