RESEARCH

ElectroMolMat is a research group focused on the design of electroactive molecular materials and the study of their physical properties towards applications in electronics and energy storage. We are part of CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials and Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro. We have a strong cooperative spirit maintaining international collaborations with groups from different parts of the world.


Electroactive organic building blocks: Our research encompasses the design and synthesis of novel electroactive organic building blocks exhibiting tuneable physical properties such as electrical conductivity, redox activity, luminescence or magnetism. A considerable amount of our work consists of synthetic organic chemistry and the characterization of organic molecules by multiple spectroscopic techniques. 

Electroactive organic/hybrid polymers: Some  electroactive organic molecules are employed as building blocks for the construction of functional porous polymers such as Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) or Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting multiple functions and electronic properties (Chem.Eur.J.  2020, 26, 10912). We pay special attention to the physical properties of these materials such as electronic/ionic conductivity, redox activity, porosity and chemical/thermal stability. 


Molecular-based devices: We also manufacture different devices using targeted electroactive organic molecules or polymers as active componets towards applications in energy storage or electronics. We carry out the whole process of battery manufacturing (including cathode preparation and coin cell assembly). We also optimize the processing of molecular materials to improve the performance of the resulting electronic devices.

Facilities: CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials is the largest and FCT best rated Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) institute in Portugal. CICECO MSE instrumental facilities are the best in the country, including: SEM, (S)TEM, AFM, X-ray diffraction (powder and single crystal), liquid- (300 and 500 MHz) and solid-state (400, 500 and 700 MHz) NMR (including LC-NMR), EPR, SQUID, mass spectrometers, FTIR, Raman, DSC, TGA, measurements of optical, magnetic and electrical properties, computer cluster, clean room, etc.

Organic synthesis laboratory 

           Potentiostat/Galvanostat Autolab PGSTAT302N + VA Stand Methrom

Empyrean PANalytical diffractometer. Capillary PXRD (transmission mode) with focusing mirror

Liquid- (300 and 500 MHz) and solid-state (400-700 MHz) NMR (including LC-NMR) (Bruker)

MultiRAM FT-Raman (Bruker)

Tensor 27 FT-IR (Bruker) with ATR (Specac)

Spectrometer FLEX Res UV/Vis/NIR. Absorbance + transmittance + fluorescence + reflectance measurements (Sarspec)

Film Coating Machine with Dryer (Xiamen Tob)