Professor Richard Robinson awarded CCMR Seed grant
The Robinson group have been awarded a Seed grant from CCMR. The proposal, “Nanometer-scale Patterning from Templates of Covalent Organic Frameworks,” will organize inorganic nanoparticles within the pores of crystalline organic networks known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs). COFs predictably assemble molecular building blocks into periodic two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional networks linked by covalent bonds. Inserting nanoparticles into the pores could result in interesting functions originating from specific COF-nanoparticle interactions, such as energy transfer or charge injection. In addition, the organic matrix will organize the nanoparticles into periodic arrays with smaller features than those available through top-down patterning, like e-beam lithography. The work is being done in conjunction with the research group of William Dichtel (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell), who has pioneered efforts in unique COF creation and assembly.