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Seminar Prof. Kenneth Carter - University of Massachusetts (USA), Monday 17 September 2012 - 2:00 pm, Amphi 3 ENSCBP

SEMICONDUCTING POLYMER Networks via Photo “Click” Chemistry

Dernière mise à jour dimanche 16 septembre 2012
Seminar Prof. Kenneth Carter - University of Massachusetts (USA), Monday 17 September 2012 - 2:00 pm, Amphi 3 ENSCBP

A. R. Davis, J. A. Maegerlein, M. Kuchuk, F. B. Koyuncu, K. R. Carter

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Conte Center for Polymer Research, 120 Governors Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Thiol-ene click chemistry is demonstrated as a powerful method for cross-linking thin films of 4-phenylethenyl end-capped semiconducting polymers such as poly(fluorene). Cross-linking was accomplished by a simple, brief UV curing step at modest temperatures. The UV-cured networks retained the emissive color integrity expected of poly(fluorene) films and allowed for facile photo-patterning of the active polymer layer. Furthermore, the cross-linking chemistry was shown to be fully compatible with fabrication of polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) whose performance was equivalent to non-cross-linked devices. Multicolor PLEDs were also demonstrated by taking advantage of the photo-patternability of the thiol-ene based system. 

Professor Kenneth R. Carter

  • B.S. Chemistry, State University of New York - Oneonta, 1985
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Vermont, 1991
  • IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 1991 - 2004
  • Professor Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst 2004 - present

                                    Room: 416 Conte Research Center

                                                120 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003

                                                Phone: (413) 577-1416

                                                Fax:     (413) 545-0082



Dr. Carter joined the UMass Polymer Science and Engineering Department faculty in 2004 after performing polymer research for 13 years at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. His research involves the synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric materials with specially designed properties. Carter’s research has focused on the development of organic and hybrid materials for future use in advanced electronics and storage technologies. Dr. Carter has numerous publications and over 24 patents in these areas.  The materials and processes invented have been integrated into manufacturing environments in conjunction with workers in IBM’s development and manufacturing divisions.  Since joining the faculty at UMass, Dr. Carter established the University of Massachusetts Nanoimprint Lithography Laboratory and is a Test Bed Project coordinator for the new NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at UMass. He is currently the Associate Director for Research of the UMass Materials Research Science & Engineering Center on Polymers (MRSEC).  His teaching interests include graduate-level courses in polymer chemistry and advanced polymeric materials.  His research group at UMass focuses on polymer synthesis, polymer brush layers, organic electronic materials, and advanced nanopatterned materials design and synthesis.

Honors and Distinctions

  • 2007 National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Percy L. Julian Award.  Currently Deputy Director NOBCChE Northeast Region
  • Chairman, American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry (2004)
  • Director of the UMass Nanoimprint Lithography Laboratory
  • Test-Bed Program Manager, Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing – NSEC at UMass
  • Associate Director for Research, MSREC on Polymers, UMass
  • 3M Corp – Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • IBM Corporation – Invention Achievement Awards (6)
  • Editorial Advisory Board – Macromolecules 2010 - present
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