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UNG professor to present published research

Associate professor of chemistry Dr. Aimée Tomlinson recently co-authored a paper accepted by the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, a publication provided by the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry.

Aimee Tomlinson
Dr. Aimée Tomlinson

Tomlinson, along with Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL of Boston University, discussed Benxobisoxazole cruciforms and their potential use as emitters for the development of high-performance deep blue organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).

"We basically were looking into 'cross-shaped' chemical structure that would give a really deep blue color for organic electronic displays," said David Wheeler, a senior chemistry major who provided the majority of the computational results presented in the paper.

Wheeler explains that this research, which was funded by a National Science Foundation grant, could assist in creating significantly higher screen resolution using carbon-based, also known as organic, materials. Using organic materials is less destructive to the environment, Tomlinson said, as well as much less expensive to mass produce which is a win-win overall.

"The crisper, deeper and brighter colors are what we're looking for. The blue seems to be one of the more difficult to make or generate in terms of OLEDs," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson and her UNG student collaborators worked on the research entirely remotely, calculating data through supercomputers and clusters all over the country.

According to Tomlinson, "the beauty of their computational research is that it may be performed anywhere as long as the researcher has a laptop and a wifi connection."

Tomlinson and Wheeler will present a poster form of this paper in late March at the 251st National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California.

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