The overarching goals of Julio D’Arcy’s laboratory are to discover and apply novel functional nanostructured organic and inorganic materials utilizing universal synthetic chemistry protocols that control chemical structure, nanoscale morphology as well as intrinsic chemical and physical properties.
We study capacitive, pseudocapacitive and semiconducting nanostructured materials and develop synthetic strategies that enhance charge carrier transport, ion transport, surface area, thermal and mechanical stability. Our laboratory produces organic and inorganic materials as well as composites thereof via a multi-pronged interdisciplinary approach using solution, electrochemical and vapor phase processing.
Research in the D’Arcy lab probes interfacial self-assembly techniques that control chemistry at the liquid/liquid, liquid/vapor and liquid/solid interface affording a versatile approach for assembling polymeric nanostructures into thin films of functional nanostructured materials. Coatings serve as active layers in electrodes for engineering state-of-the-art energy storage devices such as supercapacitors and pseudocapacitors.