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CHE research at the Chemistry Means Business event

Alex Romanov’s project on “High-performance coinage metal emitters for the solution-processed OLED technology” has been selected as one of the finalists of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry Means Business event, due to take place 15-16 June in London.

Alex is a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Manfred Bochmann’s group and is working on an ERC project on gold chemistry. The selection to Chemistry Means Business means that Alex will give a presentation to potential investors in this year’s Emerging Technologies Competition final.
 
This project arose from a chance observation that gold complexes of certain types of carbene ligands are unusually photosensitive and show photoluminescence. This led to the establishment of a very productive collaboration with the Optoelectronics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, in March 2015. The joint work has so far produced the most energy-efficient solution-processed organic light emitting diode (OLED) reported to-date. Solution processing is set to replace thermal vapour deposition technology which is the current state-of-the-art but much more costly. Alex’s materials are particularly suitable for solution processing and equal or outperform standard devices.

Photo of Alex Romanov