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Research Interests - Dr. Elizabeth M. Sanford

The Synthesis of New Materials for Electronic and Biomedical Applications

Dr. Sanford's research group focuses on the development of new materials for applications in electronics as well as the biomedical sciences. Currently the group is pursuing synthetic organic projects with electronics applications that involve the synthesis of both poly(arylenevinylenes) and pyryliums (Figure 1). These compounds have applications in the area of organic light emitting diodes, a field that is revolutionizing molecular electronics because the materials can be processed in ways inorganic compounds used in conventional light emitting diodes cannot. In addition the group is involved in the preparation of new materials to coat glass surfaces to control cell adhesion and growth. This project involves formulation of coatings for glass, and monitoring and documenting changes in cell growth and adhesion.

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