Faculty & Staff
Title/s: Associate Professor
Office #: FH-122
External Webpage: http://homepages.luc.edu/~jciszek
B. S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD., Chemistry, Rice University
Postdoctoral Associate, Northwestern University
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
The Ciszek group's focus is on the application of complex synthetic molecules to surfaces. Be it Feringa's molecular motors, thermochromic switches, metal organic frameworks, or geometric macrocycles, over the years chemistry has developed a myriad of molecules that are capable of complex transformations, contain periodic shape yet tunable structure, or display other remarkable properties. Likewise, materials science and surface chemistry have accumulated decades of knowledge on molecular effects. We are interested in applying cutting edge synthetic molecules to recently established surface phenomena and rapidly advancing both fields as well as the interface between them.
The group's main focus is on modulating surface properties, specifically the work function of metals. Over the last 20 years scientists have become aware that self-assembled monolayers are capable of changing the properties of surfaces, such as the work function, band gap, and plasmons (nanoparticle surfaces). Changes in the work function have lead to more efficient electrical transport and thus more efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Changes in the band gap allows one to tune a surfaces interaction with light. These are but a few of the properties we seek to address via synthesis of intelligently designed molecules assembled on the surface
In addition, we are looking at how the surfaces of organic semiconductor crystals can be controllable reacted. These materials are currently being adapted in the next generation of displays and computing devices, but their interfacial properties are less than desirable. We are developing the chemical reactions necessary to improve the surface, and thus device behavior, and we analyze the efficiency gains in fabricated devices.
NSF CAREER award, 2011.
Fellow - Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program, 2011.
Invited speaker at the CeNTech Nanoscience Symposium for Young Scientists, University of Münster, Germany, 2007.
Bartucci, M. A.; Ciszek, J. W. “Investigation of the isomer composition and optical properties from dihydropyridine substitution in dihydroindolizines” J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 5586.
Bartucci, M. A.; Florián, J.; Ciszek, J. W. “Spectroscopic evidence of work function alterations due to photoswitchable monolayers on gold surfaces” J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 19471.
Qualizza, B. A.; Prasad, S.; Chiarelli, M. P.; Ciszek, J. W. “Functionalization of organic semiconductor crystals via the Diels–Alder reaction” Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 4495.