What are functional materials?
They are materials that contain 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.
It is found in all classes of materials as for example polymers, organic molecules, metals, ceramics, metal-organic frameworks, etc.
It can be applied in a broad range of technological devices as for example in solar cells, sensors, catalysts, functional foods, drugs, membranes, memories, displays, and telecommunication.
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 introduce a computational approach in the design process to minimize cost and hasten the design process.
The Laboratory of Functional Materials and Computational Chemistry (fmc2) applies both theoretical and experimental techniques in solving various problems our society is experiencing right now especially in energy, environmental and biomedical problems. Our current focus is to develop a cost-effective hybrid/organic solar cell (dye-sensitized, organic, and Perovskite) that could easily be incorporated as building adaptive/integrated photovoltaics (BAPV/BIPV). We are also designing, synthesizing, and fabricating new catalysts for energy and environmental applications from multinary non-precious transition metal sulfides/oxides; metal-organic frameworks; and doped carbon nanodots.