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Living in a materials world: designing organic semiconductors for advanced applications
Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL, Department of Chemistry and Division of Materials Science, Boston University
Organic semiconductors are either polymers or small molecules that feature and extended pi-conjugation. These materials possess many exceptional electronic, optical, and thermal properties and thus are well suited for applications, such as transistors, solar cells and light emitting diodes. Unfortunately, there are several issues that must be addressed before real-life products can be developed. Our group focuses on the design and synthesis of new organic semiconductors based on low cost and/or easily prepared starting materials.
Although African Americans make up approximately 13% of the US population, they are severely underrepresented in advanced degrees awarded in STEM disciplines and within the ranks of the faculty at research institutions. Despite the overwhelming statistics, Dr. Jeffries-EL pursued and completed a doctorate degree in chemistry, obtained and academic job, and then tenure in promotion in due course.
In this talk, Dr. Jeffries-EL will discuss science, diversity, equity, and inclusion all woven within the context of her personal experiences.

Jan 25, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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