August 2016 – U of T chemists invent vitamin-driven battery

The Toronto Star featured an article about our paper Bio-Derived Polymers for Sustainable Lithium-Ion Batteries in their August 3rd, 2016 issue:
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The batteries you buy at the store might soon be bendable, thanks to the invention of a vitamin-driven battery by researchers at the University of Toronto.

 

The full article is available on the Toronto Star website.

April 2015 – Thermal and Photoreductive Elimination from the Tellurium Center of π-Conjugated Tellurophenes

ACS Select Virtual Issue highlighted our paper Thermal and Photoreductive Elimination from the Tellurium Center of π-Conjugated Tellurophenes in their issue “Inorganic Chemistry Driving the Energy Sciences”:
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Dwight Seferos and co-workers show that tellurophenes—compounds that contain tellurium rather than transition metal centers—can undergo (photo reductive elimination), perhaps under lower energy light.

 

The full article is available on the ACS Virtual Issue website.

September 2013 – Designing and Refining Ni(II)diimine Catalysts Toward the Controlled Synthesis of Electron-Deficient Conjugated Polymers

SYNFACTS highlighted our paper Designing and Refining Ni(II)diimine Catalysts Toward the Controlled Synthesis of Electron-Deficient Conjugated Polymers:

 
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The controlled polymerization of electron-deficient polymers represents a significant problem in materials chemistry. In this paper, the authors utilize DFT calculations to design and then synthesize nickel(II)–diimine catalysts with tailored reactivity.

 
 

The full article is available on the SYNFACTS website.

May 2013 – Profile: Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry

Dwight has been profiled in the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.
 

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Step aside thiophene, it’s selenophenes and tellurophenes that drive the ground breaking materials research of the Seferos group. He is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

 
The full article is available on the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry website.

March 2013 – Poly(3-alkyltellurophene)s Are Solution-Processable Polyheterocycles

ACCN highlighted our paper Poly(3-alkyltellurophene)s Are Solution-Processable Polyheterocycles:

 
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Researchers at the University of Toronto have synthesized a new class of conducting polymers — polytellurophenes — that could bring about advances in organic solar cells and thin-film transistors.

 
 

The full article is available on the ACCN website.

May 2012 – Gold Nanotubes as Solution-Suspendable Refractive Index Reporters

MRS Bulletin highlighted our paper Gold Nanotubes as Solution-Suspendable Refractive Index Reporters:

 

As reported in the March 27 issue of Chemistry of Materials (DOI: 10.1021/cm203184d; p. 963), C. Bridges, P. DiCarmine, and D. Seferos of the University of Toronto in Canada describe the first-known successful synthesis of solution-suspendable gold nanotubes.

 
The full article is available on the MRS Bulletin website.

August 2011 – Polytellurophenes

Materials View highlighted our paper Polytellurophenes. The full article is available on the Materials View website.

June 2010 – Controlling Phase Separation and Optical Properties in Conjugated Polymers Through Selenophene-Thiophene Copolymerization

Nature Chemistry highlighted our paper Controlling phase separation and optical properties in conjugated polymers through selenophene-thiophene copolymerization:

 

Now, Dwight Seferos and colleagues from the University of Toronto have made conjugated copolymers from blocks of different heterocycles that phase separate. The two heterocycles are similarly-functionalized thiophene and selenophene, both of which form conjugated polymers on their own.

 
 
The full article is available on the Nature Chemistry website.