Seminars and Events

Seminars and Events

New Architectures in Materials Chemistry

Coordinator: Eva M. Garcia Frutos

13 March 2017, 12:00 h. Sala de Seminarios, 182

Deposition of Nanoporous Silica Layer on Particle Surface

Makoto OGAWA
Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology, Thailand

After the successful preparation of mesostructured and mesoporous silica films on solid supports by the solvent evaporation method,the preparation of mesoporous silica films have been extensively investigated partly due to the wide range of application of mesoporous silica films. The deposition of mesoporous silica layer on powders have also been reported extensively.
Here, we report the deposition of homogeneous nanoporous silica thin layer on a variety of solids surfaces especially micrometer size powders. The present reaction is very simple, where substrates (both plate and powder) were put into a homogeneous solution containing tetraethoxysilane, hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride, methanol, water and ammonia. The present synthesis is a versatile method to prepare nanoporous silica thin layers on solid substrate especially when the reported procedure is not applicable; substrate with complex morphology and/or unstable in acidic solutions such as hydrotalcite and metal oxides. Mesoporous silica coating is regarded as a way to modify the surface property of powders as well as to impart new functions such as molecular sieving one on catalysts and adsorbents. Moreover, the surface modification of silica shell through grafting is possible to make the application of the core-shell particles more versatile.

02 February 2017, 12:00 h. Salón de Actos

Structural and Electronic Characteristics of Conjugated Materials: The key Role of DFT calculations

M. Carmen Ruiz Delgado
Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Málaga, Spain

The use of organic materials to design electronic devices constitute an ecological and suitable resource for our current "electronic world". Actually these materials have been implemented into electronic devices, like organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic solar cells (OSCs), and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). These materials provide several advantages (low cost, light weight, good flexibility and solubility to be easily printed) that cannot be afforded with silicium. They can also potentially interact with biological systems, something impossible with inorganic devices. Between these materials we can include small molecules, polymers, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene, other carbon-based molecular structures and hybrid materials.

Here we analyze the electronic and molecular characteristics of different π-conjugated structures. Specifically, we focus on the study of materials ranging from small oligomers to polymers and carbon nanostructures, with different backbone configurations: (i) donor-acceptor configuration, (ii) 1D lineal or 2D branched conjugated backbones, and (iii) encapsulated systems, among others. The key role of DFT calculations for an accurate interpretation of the experimental results is highlighted, showing their potential in helping guide the design of new materials for organic electronics.


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