What are functional materials?
These are materials that have one or more properties that can be significantly altered in a controlled environment by external stimuli such as light, electric/magnetic field, temperature, chemical environment, etc.
They occur in all classes of materials, such as polymers, organic molecules, metals, ceramics, metal-organic frameworks, etc.
They can be used in a wide variety of engineering devices, such as solar cells, sensors, catalysts, functional foods, drugs, membranes, memories, displays, and telecommunications.
The importance of paradigm shift in the design process
Traditionally, we use a conventional approach as shown below which is expensive and time-consuming.
We need to take a systematic approach to the design process to minimize costs and speed up the design process.
The Laboratory of Functional Materials and Computational Chemistry (fmc2) applies both theoretical and experimental techniques to solve various problems currently facing our society, particularly in the areas of energy, environment, and biomedicine. Our current focus is to develop a low-cost hybrid/organic solar cell (dye-sensitized, organic, and perovskite) that can be readily used as a building integrated photovoltaic (BAPV/BIPV). We also design, synthesize and fabricate new catalysts for energy and environmental applications based on multinary non-noble transition metal sulfides/oxides, metal-organic frameworks and doped carbon nanodots.