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Halogen-Bonded (Photo)Functional Materials [HALOPHOTO]

Over the past decades, our ways of living have been revolutionized by several disruptive technological innovations which have changed, and keep changing, the paradigms of modern society. The technologies of tomorrow will address several key global challenges ranging from energy production and resource management to health technologies and digitalization. Often times the basis for disruptive technologies is a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the behavior of materials. That novel technological breakthroughs are inherently connected to fundamental studies of new materials is the guiding theme of the projects associated to HALOPHOTO. We will introduce halogen bonding as a conceptually novel design tool for functional materials, to control molecular packing, and therefore the light response, charge transport and luminescence, in organic materials. HALOPHOTO will yield fundamental understanding on the possibilities and limitations of halogen-bonded supramolecular materials, in order to understand their (i) fundamental design principles, and (ii) application potential in organic electronics, switchable liquid crystals, and photomechanics.

Funding source

Emil Aaltonen Foundation: "Halogen-bonded photo responsive suprastructures" (January 2014 - December 2016)

Academy of Finland Research Fellowship Project "Halogen-bonded photo controllable functional materials" (September 2014 - August 2019)

Academy of Finland Research Project "Supramolecular electronics" (September 2017 - August 2021)