The post-doc of our group, Dr. Berhard Dörling, has been awarded by the “PhD extraordinary award” by the Autónoma University of Barcelona (UAB) for his thesis “Conjugated Materials for Thermoelectrics and Photovoltaics”.
Abstract: This thesis explores ways of how interactions between organic materials can be exploited to obtain additional functionality in a simple manner, without the need for complex processing. The work focuses on materials such as conjugated polymers and carbon nanotubes, and simple solution-based deposition methods such as blade coating. The obtained results include the development of a process that allows to tune the majority carrier type in organic thermoelectric materials, and the application of spherical crystalline superstructures of semiconducting polymers as intrinsic polarization sensors.
Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles
Dr. Miquel Garriga Bacardi
An small interview was published at the ICMAB webpage and here we reproduce it.
“I would really like to thank Mariano and Miquel, my two supervisors, who pushed me in the right direction whenever I got lost. […] My time at the ICMAB was really nice. I had a lot of fun and everyone made me feel at home.” – Bernhard Dörling
After finishing his PhD, Bernhard stayed at the ICMAB as a project researcher, and he is currently trying to use the results of his thesis to move the research from the lab scale closer the its expected final applications in renewable energy.