Alan Sellinger

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Alan SellingerThe Sellinger research group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of organic, polymeric, and hybrid based materials for application in: solar cells; thin film transistors; scintillation (detecting alpha, neutron and gamma radiation); metal/covalent organic frameworks (COF/MOF for catalysis and gas storage); and surface chemistry to change band gaps/work-function in quantum dots and oxide electrodes. Their group actively collaborates with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) also located in Golden, CO. Description of the projects can be found below.


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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. (DNDO, DHS)
  • Perovskite Solar Cells: Addressing Low Cost, High Efficiency, and Reliability through Novel Hole Transport Materials.  (DOE EERE PVRD2)
  • Addressing Soiling: From Interface Chemistry to Practicality (DOE-NREL)
  • Fluorinated Covalent Organic Frameworks: A Novel Pathway to Enhance Hydrogen Sorption and Control Isosteric Heats of Adsorption (DOE-NREL)
  • Organic Semiconducting Materials with 3-D Electron Delocalization (FUN)