I-FMD Grand Rounds

Friday, October 1 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Whitaker Laboratory, 303
5 E Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015

October 1, 2021

Conjugated Polymers: From Chemistry and Processing to Applications
Elsa Reichmanis, Professor and Carl Robert Anderson Chair in Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

In person: Whitaker 303

Virtual: https://lehigh.zoom.us/j/91985375211

Organic/polymer semiconductors offer opportunities for low-cost device fabrication for applications ranging from energy to health care to security. However, their successful commercialization relies on the design and development of sustainable, robust and reliable materials chemistries and processes.  Molecular design coupled with solution behavior play a significant role in determining a materials thin-film electronic performance. In the search for high performance charge transport materials, molecular structure is a prime consideration, where that structure must be amenable to assembly and organization into nano- through meso-scale architectures that support transport. Here, the relationships between molecular structure and solution processing protocols that provide for the requisite charge transport pathways will be explored.  The resulting fundamental insights will enable the realization of robust and reproducible semiconducting solutions for flexible electronics applications. Further, the ability to manipulate conjugated molecular architectures to support both electronic and ionic transport provide opportunities for the development of robust, high-capacity energy storage solutions.

Elsa Reichmanis is Professor and Carl Robert Anderson Chair in Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University. Prior to joining Lehigh, she was Professor and Pete Silas Chair in Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She started her independent career at Bell Labs where she was Bell Labs Fellow and Director of the Materials Research Department. She received her Ph. D. and BS degrees in chemistry from Syracuse University. Her research interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications. The Reichmanis research group is currently exploring polymeric and hybrid organic/inorganic materials chemistries for a range of device and electronic and sustainable energy applications. Reichmanis is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. She has served as a member of the Bureau of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry; and has been active in the American Chemical Society throughout her career, having served as 2003 President of the Society. Elsa Reichmanis is the recipient of several awards, including the AICHE Margaret H. Rousseau Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Woman Chemical Engineer (2018), the ACS Awards in the Chemistry of Materials (2018) and Applied Polymer Science (1999), the ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award (1996), and the Society of Chemical Industry’s Perkin Medal (2001). In other service, she is an Executive Editor of the ACS Journal, Chemistry of Materials.


Academics & Colleges

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty



Institute for Functional Materials and Devices, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Contact Information

Nikki Rump (Nir419)

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