Alan Sellinger

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Alan SellingerThe Sellinger research group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of organic, polymer, and hybrid based materials for application in thin film solar cells (polymer semiconductors), radiation detection (organic/polymer scintillators, 3D printing), critical rare earth element extraction (dipole- and photo-active aromatic phosphonic acids), and 2D/3D semiconductors (surface chemistry of MXenes and carbon nanodiamonds). The highly interdisciplinary nature of our research has led to multiple collaborations including the University of Colorado-Boulder, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Princeton, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NIST Boulder, NREL, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL), and Sandia Livermore National Lab. This allows for students to have a broad application-based research experience!


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  • BS – Eastern Michigan University, Chemistry
  • MS – University of Michigan, Macromolecular Science & Engineering
  • PhD – University of Michigan, Macromolecular Science & Engineering with Prof. Richard M. Laine
  • Postdoctoral Study – Sandia National Laboratories with Prof. C. Jeffrey Brinker

Research Areas

Below is a list of ongoing projects in the Sellinger group:

  • Synthesis and evaluation of novel plastic scintillator materials for efficient characterization of gamma and neutron fields through pulse shape discrimination and enhanced photo peak resolution. (DOE, NNSA)
  • 3-D Printing of Plastic Scintillators (DOE)
  • Perovskite Solar Cells: Addressing Low Cost, High Efficiency, and Reliability through Novel Polymer Hole Transport Materials. (DOE EERE SIPS)
  • Ligand Design and Synthesis for Rare Earth Metal Extractions¬† (DOE-BES)
  • Functionalized 2-D Nanomaterials for Various Applications (FUN)