On September 22 2016, Prof Alexander Dudnik (Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis) visited Zelinsky Institute and gave a lecture "Novel Synthetic Tools and Designs toward High Efficiency Organic Electronic Materials. Prof. Dudnik spoke about methods for the synthesis of new π-conjugated polymers used as organic semiconductors in electronics.
The research pertains to the area of energy in the context of sustainable development with a focus on design of new catalytic methods to prepare novel molecular structures and materials for solar cells, state-of-the-art electronic devices such as new-generation OLED displays, flexibles phones, etc., batteries, and tools for biomedical visualization and phototherapy. π-Conjugated polymers have a number of benefits: they are light, flexible, low-cost, incorporate readily available elements and at the same time they have semiconducting properties and exhibit high efficiency when used as organic materials for electronic devices. Prof. Dudnik and his team improved the method of direct polymerization via C-H arylation and used it to synthesize the polymers in the green chemistry manner.