Smart Organic Crystalline Materials: From design to practical applications

CFM Seminars

Berta Gómez-Lor
Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (CSIC)
CFM Auditorium
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Smart Organic Crystalline Materials: From design to practical applications
Berta Gómez-Lor

Smart organic materials that modify their physical properties in response to different stimuli (mechanical stress, temperature, light...) are of great interest due to their potential applications in multiple fields such as sensors, actuators, optoelectronics, anti-counterfeiting inks...

Numerous organic molecules show interesting differences in their color, fluorescence, volume... due to variations in their supramolecular arrangement in response to external stimuli. Single crystal diffraction analysis is probably the most powerful tool to get an accurate understanding of how molecules organizes and interact in the bulk. Unfortunately, most of the stimulus-response behaviors are found in low crystallinity materials (such as gels, liquid crystals or polymers), which prevents us from studying in depth the mechanism underlying this transformation and limits the rational development of new materials with pre-designed properties.

In this talk, we present new smart crystalline materials developed in our group, discussing our efforts to unravel the mechanism underlying their switchable behavior and the progress we have made towards their practical applications.

About the speaker

Berta Gómez-Lor received her PhD. in Organic Chemistry from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (1992) under the direction of Prof. Enrique Guitián.

After two years of postdoctoral stay in Sandoz Pharma, Basel, with Dr. Gideon Shapiro and at the University of Illinois with Prof. Scott E. Denmark she joined the group of Prof. A. M. Echavarren at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) as a post-doctoral associate. In 2001 she obtained a position as a Ramon y Cajal researcher in the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (CSIC) and since 2003 is a scientist at CSIC. In July 2009 she was promoted to CSIC Scientific Researcher.

Berta Gómez-Lor research interest focusses on the synthesis of organic semiconducting materials. In this area, Berta Gómez-Lor, brings a strong background in organic synthesis and an accumulated experience of more than 20 years of dedication to the development of functional nanostructures for applications in flexible electronics, photonics, sensing and photocatalysis. Along her career she has been principal investigator of 15 competitive research Projects and has published more than 90 papers in high impact journals. She has supervised 7 master thesis and 7 PhD thesis, and other is currently under progress. Dr. B. Gómez-Lor is coauthor of 4 Spanish patents and 3 international patents. She has published around 90 original research papers, almost all of them in Q1, including 1 Nature, 4 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2 JACS, 9 Chem. Mater., 7 Chem. Eur. J., 6 Chem. Commun., 2 Adv. Func. Mater.