Welcome to the Patrick Group website.
Here you can find information about the research program and publications, the lab, and members of the group, past and present. Research in the Patrick group involves both fundamental and applied projects studying the use of ordered molecular materials for organic electronics, nanoscience, and clean energy applications.
Thin Films & Carbon-Based Electronics. One of our interests is in developing new ways to control molecular-scale organization in thin film materials. Systems include organic semiconductors; carbon nanotubes and related nanoparticles; and organic monolayers. Read more about this research here.
Solar Energy. Our group is part of an interdisciplinary team developing new approaches for producing lower cost solar electricity using luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). LSCs use fluorescent dyes to collect sunlight over a large area, concentrating it onto a small area of high efficiency solar cells. Find out more about this research here.
Liquid Crystals. Much of the research in the Patrick group involves liquid crystals. These fascinating materials combine properties of both liquids and crystals: they flow like ordinary liquids, but are ordered similar to crystals. Chances are you're looking at a liquid crystal film right now - in your computer screen. More information about our liquid crystal research can be found here.
Fun toys. Students in the Patrick group use a variety of specialized instrumentation, including including scanning tunneling, atomic force, fourier-transform infrared, and polarizing microscopes, thin film deposition, characterization, and processing equipment, and various spectroscopic techniques, including fluorescence, absorbance, and ellipsometry. A short description of some of these techniques is given here.
Getting Involved. Group members have had backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Graduates have gone on to careers in many fields, from the semiconductor, chemical, and biotechnology industries, to university and high school teaching. If you are interested in joining the Patrick Group, more information for prospective members is available here.