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We aim to decipher and exploit the forces that govern both natural and directed hierarchical self-assembly to create technologically significant surface architectures incorporating electronically, optically, or magnetically active materials. We use both molecular modeling and experimental methods to probe structure–property relationships in organic and hybrid nanomaterial systems. Recent studies have focused on rational design of idealized morphologies for next generation solar energy devices and explorations of organic-organic and organic-inorganic interfaces in optoelectronic materials.
I. Botiz and S.B. Darling, Optoelectronics using block copolymers, Materials Today 13 (2010) 42-51.
S.B. Darling, Block copolymers for photovoltaics, Energy Environ. Sci. 2 (2009) 1266-1273.
I. Botiz and S.B. Darling, Self-assembly of poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-polylactide block copolymer and subsequent incorporation of electron acceptor material, Macromolecules 42 8211-8217 (2009).
S. Tepavcevic, S.B. Darling, N.M. Dimitrijevic, T. Rajh, and S.J. Sibener, Improved hybrid solar cells via in situ UV-polymerization, Small 5 1776-1783 (2009).
- 2010-present, Scientist, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
- 2006-2010, Assistant Scientist, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
- 2003-2006, Glenn Seaborg Argonne Scholar, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
- 2002-2003, Research Fellow, UC-ANL Consortium for Nanoscience Research, Argonne National Laboratory
- 2002, PhD in Physical Chemistry, The University of Chicago
- 1997, BA in Chemistry and Astronomy, Haverford College