Ten Hundred Words

For Ten Hundred Words of Science: Explaining Complex Science in Plain English.

We make tiny things which make power from the sun and other tiny things which make power from moving. Both can help power the world.

We think hard about how matter really works and how tiny things can come together to make a whole. We try to understand how power moves through stuff. By asking how these tiny things work, and come together to form a whole, we can make them work better. So using what we learn, we make new things.

Part of our job is also to help other people to learn about these things, and how to ask and answer new questions.

Sequence Matters: Modulating Electronic and Optical Properties of Conjugated Oligomers via Tailored Sequence

Benjamin N. Norris, Shaopeng Zhang, Casey M. Campbell, Jeffrey T. Auletta, Percy Calvo-Marzal, Geoffrey R. Hutchison, Tara Y. Meyer. “Modulating Electronic and Optical Properties of Conjugated Oligomers via Tailored Sequence” Macromolecules 2013 46(4) 1384–1392. Online. The supplemental info is available here: Norris SI.

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Electronic Coupling between Two Amine Redox Sites through the 5,5′-Positions of Metal-Chelating 2,2′-Bipyridines

Nie, H.-J., Chen, X., Yao, C.-J., Zhong, Y.-W., Hutchison, G. R. and Yao, J. “Electronic Coupling between Two Amine Redox Sites through the 5,5′-Positions of Metal-Chelating 2,2′-Bipyridines.” Chem. Eur. J. 2012 18(45) pp. 14497–14509. Online. The supplemental info is available here: Nie SI.

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Best Poster Prize at Gordon Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions

Last week, Prof. Hutchison presented a poster on our molecular piezoelectric research, “Donor-Acceptor Molecule Piezoelectrics: Electromechanical Materials from the Bottom Up” at the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. The work was picked as one of the three best posters at the conference, and he gave a presentation on Thursday night in one of the coveted “poster talk” slots.