Introducing Materials Horizons Scientific Editor Thuc Quyen Nguyen

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is a professor in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids and Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Schwartz. Her thesis focused on photophysics of conducting polymers using ultrafast spectroscopy.

From 2001 to 2004, she was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University working with Professors Louis Brus and Colin Nuckolls on molecular self-assembly, nanoscale characterization, and molecular electronics. She also spent time at IBM Research Center at T. J. Watson working with Richard Martel and Phaedon Avouris. In 2004, she started an assistant professorship at UCSB and was promoted to full professor in 2011.

Her current research interests are structure-function-property relationships in organic semiconductors, electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge transport in organic semiconductors and across membranes, device physics, and nanoscale characterization of organic solar cells. Her group has published over 120 peer reviewed papers. Recognition for her research includes the 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2007 Harold Plous Award (one of the UCSB’s two most prestigious faculty honors), the 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2009 Alfred Sloan Research Fellows, and the 2010 National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows.

Her recent papers include:

A structure–property–performance investigation of perylenediimides as electron accepting materials in organic solar cells
Michele Guide, Sara Pla, Alexander Sharenko, Peter Zalar, Fernando Fernández-Lázaro, Ángela Sastre-Santos and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 2013, 15, 18894-18899

Towards environmentally friendly processing of molecular semiconductors
Zachary B. Henson, Peter Zalar, Xiaofen Chen, Gregory C. Welch, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen and Guillermo C. Bazan
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 11117-11120

Regioregular pyridyl[2,1,3]thiadiazole-co-indacenodithiophene conjugated polymers
Wen Wen, Lei Ying, Ben B. Y. Hsu, Yuan Zhang, Thuc-quyen Nguyen and Guillermo C. Bazan
Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 7192-7194

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