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Dr. Wojciech Pisula


Dr. habil. Wojciech Pisula studied chemical engineering at the University of Applied Science Osnabrück and at the University of Wales, Swansea, where he gained his Master of Science. In 2001, he joined the group of Professor Klaus Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, where he completed his dissertation in 2005. There, he focused on the control of the supramolecular self-organization of discotic liquid crystalline polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with a strong interest in their application in electronic devices. During this time, he worked in the Department of Polymer Physics under the supervision of Professor Tadeusz Pakula. In 2006 he changed to a full position at Evonik Industries AG keeping in the same time his status as project leader at the MPIP. Beginning of 2015 he received his habilitation for material science at the Technical University of Darmstadt by mentorship of Professor Heinz von Seggern. Mid 2015 he has been additionally employed as an associate professor at the Lodz University of Technology in the Department of Molecular Physics of Professor Jacek Ulanski.

His research interests are physical chemical aspects of π-conjugated self-organizing systems and their functionality.

Research Topics

1) Structural investigation:
Temperature-dependent investigation of supramolecular structures of Π-conjugated self-assembly systems in bulk by fiber 2D- and in thin film by grazing incidence wide/small-angle X-ray scattering. Analysis of experimental data is verified by Cerius2simulations.

2) Organic field-effect transistors:
Fabrication of OFETs based on Π-conjugated polymers and small molecules and device optimization by interface modification. Understanding of the relation between molecular architecture, long-range order and macroscopic electronic properties. Development of transistors in mesoscopic dimensions.

3) Control of self-assembly:
Modification of the self-organization of functional molecules on surfaces under various processing conditions from solution, from the isotropic melt or from their mesophase. Control over their microstructure and molecular arrangement towards the surface and the correlation to charge carrier transport in devices.

4) New processing techniques:
Development of novel processing methods. Uniaxial, long-range molecular orientation in thin films under non-equilibrium for device improvement.


Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
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