The Savannah River National Laboratory awarded a research contract in the amount of $37,601 to principal investigator William Kwochka, associate professor of chemistry, to study boron-containing systems on surfaces for a variety of potential applications. Part of the funding will be used to provide stipends for two Western Carolina University students to assist with the project during the summer.
The work is being completed in collaboration with co-investigator and WCU alumna Lucile C. Teague, senior scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C. The goal of the project is to prepare organic thin-films on surfaces in order to control the chemical, electrical and mechanical properties of surfaces. Addressing these issues is essential to creating lower-cost and more efficient organic-based devices such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic thin film transistors and organic photovoltaics.