The Delcamp Research Group
Our Goals: The Delcamp Group is focused on understanding photon conversion processes for: 1) designing strong photoinduced oxidants to understand fundamental electron transfer processes in solution, at interfaces, and to drive chemical transformations, 2) generation of chemical fuels from molecular catalysts in solution and at surfaces, and 3) designing NIR/SWIR emissive small molecules. We employ advanced synthetic and molecular design strategies to design novel materials to probe light-matter interactions and the subsequent photonic, electron transfer, and chemical reactions that take place after excitation.
Current Highlighted Discoveries and Announcements
David, Dinesh, Hammad, and Jonathon show that there is a delicate balance between dye loading and surface insulation that is controlled by donor group selection on D-π-A dye designs with TiO2 photoanodes. Amine donor group selection is shown to change photocurrent output from 12 mA/cm^2 to 24 mA/cm^2. This work in Dyes and Pigments highlights the need for careful probing of donor groups with new chromophores. [link]
Congratulations to Jonathon on first author paper number one just out in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The organic dyes covers the entire visible range when often 2 or 3 are needed. This panchromatic dye (even in solution) simplifies dye-sensitized systems. Great collaborative work from the Fortenberry group in computationally showing how unique this material is. [link]
Our latest in Inorganic Chemistry! It was fun studying what started out looking like molecular manganese magic from this surprise transformation. Manganese complexes + light is always a good time. After running catalysis for 10,000,000 TON, no evidence of catalyst decomposition was observed. Great work Hunter! Thanks for the collaboration Sean! A big thank you to Ella Maru for designing a great cover that was selected as a Supplementary Cover for this issue! [link]
"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard-enough problems. And that's a mistake."
- Frank Wilczek