Welcome to the Sawyer Lab!


The role of this research program is to expand the fundamental understanding, engineering processes, and potential applications of hybrid inorganic/organic materials for optoelectronic devices and sensors.   As unique properties of material combinations are discovered, their effects create unprecedented responses to light or other surrounding media.  Integration of these materials in optical and electronic devices contributes to converting these responses to electrical signals; a necessary development for innovation in an increasingly interconnected digital world.

Recent Works

What We Do

Hybrid Materials

Performance enhancement is enabled by the use of low cost, hybrid inorganic/organic nanostructured materials.  Advantages due to a high surface to volume ratio for better light absorption and an inherent large internal gain are typically hindered by surface defects and slow carrier transport mechanisms.  We’ve developed devices with strategic use of inorganic/organic core shell structures which provide surface passivation and improved carrier transport.  

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Innovative device structures take advantage of the synergistic properties of nanocomposite materials. The nature of processing for inorganic/organic hybrid materials allows for deposition of devices on any substrate. The combination of core-shell nano-bio hybrid materials for use in light detectors, solar cells, artificial photosynthesis components, photocatalytic devices, and flexible supercapacitors are investigated and/or in close reach of current research projects in the Sawyer Lab.

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Sensor Systems

Ultraviolet light emitting diodes and photodetectors are used for microbial contamination detection and identification on surfaces, in air, and in water. Remote detection requires ultra-sensitve sensors. Biological and chemical sensors integrate organic recognition layers with inorganic signal transduction layers. Research in sensor systems is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary activity. Applications continue to expand as innvoations in hybrid materials and devices develop.

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additional Resources

  1. Courses

    ECSE-2010 Electric Circuits

  2. Advisor's Corner

    Coming soon....

  3. Nikkia A. Sawyer Legacy