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Dwight Seferos

Dwight Seferos

Academic Title: Professor

Phone: 416-946-0285

Office: LM 616


Research Homepage: https://sites.chem.utoronto.ca/seferos/


Our research focuses on the synthesis of polymer semiconductors and polymer nanomaterials. We target polymers with optical and electronic properties that make them well suited for solar energy, sensing, and biomedical imaging. The chemical challenge is that polymer properties are controlled by both molecular structure and interactions beyond the molecular scale. Our approach is to design and synthesize novel polymers, control the organization of these polymers at the nanoscale, and determine how structure and interactions influence properties. If you are interested in learning more about the research projects, or you would like to join our team, please contact me.

Selected Publications

Bridges, C. R; McCormick, T. M.; Seferos, D. S. Designing and Refining Ni(II)Diimne Catalysts Towards the Controlled Synthesis of Electron-Deficient Conjugated Polymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 13212-13219.

Kozycz, L. M.; Gao, D.; Seferos, D. S. Compositional Influence on the Regioregularity and Device Parameters of a Conjugated Statistical Copolymer. Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 613-621.

Jahnke, A. A.: Djukic, B.; McCormick, T. M.; Domingo, E. B.; Hellmann, C.; Lee, Y; Seferos, D. S. Poly(3-alkyltellurophens are Solution Processable Polyheterocycles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 951-954.

Gao, D.; Hollinger, J.; Seferos, D. S. Selenophene-Thiophene Solar Cells with Thermostable Nanostructures, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 7114-7121.

Kozycz, L. M.; Gao, D.; Hollinger, J.; Seferos, D. S. Donor–Donor Block Co-Polymers for Ternary Organic Solar Cells, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 5823-5832

McCormick, T. M.; Jahnke, A. A.; Lough, A. J.; Seferos, D. S. Tellurophenes with Delocalized pi-systems and their Extended Valence Adducts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 3542-3548.

Gibson, G. L.; McCormick, T. M.; Seferos, D. S. Atomistic Band Gap Engineering in Donor-Acceptor Polymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 539-547.

DiCarmine, P. M.; Fokina, A.; Seferos, D. S. Solvent/Electrolyte Control of the Wall Thickness of Template Synthesized Nanostructures. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23, 3787-3794.

Li, L.; Hollinger, J; Coombs, N.; Petrov, S.; Seferos, D. S. Nanocrystal Self-Assembly with Rod-Rod Block Copolymers. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 8148-8152.

Li, L.; Hollinger, J; Jahnke, A. A. Petrov, S.; Seferos, D. S. Polyselenophenes with Distinct Crystallization Properties. Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 2306-2310.

Jahnke, A. A.; Howe, G.; Seferos, D. S. Polytellurophenes with properties that are controlled by Te-Coordination. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 10140-10144.

Hollinger, J.; Jahnke, A. A.; Coombs, N.; Seferos, D. S. Controlling Phase Separation and Optical Properties in Conjugated Polymers Through Selenophene-Thiophene Copolymerization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8546-8547.

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