Julio M. D’Arcy

MLK Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D./M.S. – Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

B.S. – Chemistry, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

Hobbies: Acoustic guitar

Functional Nanoarchitectures of Organic and Inorganic Electronics  

Synthesizing inorganic materials from solution is a simple and direct route to one-dimensional nanostructured titania, manganese oxide, and rhuthenium oxide nanowires for energy storage applications in supercapacitors. Hydrothermal synthesis and layer-by-layer assembly afford a systematic tool for exploration that leads to functionality and targets next generation materials. When these inorganic oxides are combined with organic conductors such as conducting polymer nanostructures, a synergistic platform is enabled by taking advantage of the intrinsic flexibility of plastics and the electronic properties of semiconductors as well as the high surface area of nanostructures. This protocol leads to organic/inorganic hybrid systems possessing large capacitance and a high specific energy density making it an attractive candidate for processing state-of-the-art electrochemical devices.