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Organic Electrode Materials and Luminescent Polymers through Spiroconjugation (OrgBatt-SpiroPol)
Start date: Nov 1, 2012, End date: May 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The goal of this project is to design, synthesize, and test new organic materials for charge storage applications and spiroconjugated polymers as novel luminescent materials. The project will be carried out in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany.The ability of long-known organic molecules with reversible redox behaviour to act as electrode materials will be exploited by synthesizing a variety of monomeric and polymeric materials incorporating these structural units in the first project proposed. These new materials will then be tested for their redox activity and incorporated into battery test cells. The proposed organic electrode materials have the potential for high cycling and charge capacities and will be recyclable, flexible and of light weight.The aim of the second project is to synthesize polymers with spiroconjugated backbones for use in optoelectronic devices. The electronic properties of the materials will be investigated and optoelectronic devices prepared. These luminescent materials are anticipated to possess high stabilities in the solid state and to form microporous structures.In both projects computational modelling will be performed to aid the search for suitable compounds and to support characterization.

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