Head of Production & Storage Solutions Group
Gui Bazan’s research interests include synthesis of organic molecules with architectures that optimize optoelectronic performance and photophysics of conjugated organic solids. He applies these interests to the development of higher efficiency organic “plastic” solar cells by using an interdisciplinary approach to identify the limiting factors in solar cell performance. Specific research applications include investigating the effects of incorporating metal nanoparticles with organic devices to improve the efficiency of emitting devices and solar cells, and using conjugated polyelectrolytes to develop new fabrication methods for optoelectronic devices, such as organic LEDs and solar cells. Additional research interests include understanding the electronic delocalization between organic chromophores in the solid state, the design of biosensors based on light-harvesting macromolecules and oligomerization and polymerization reactions of olefins using well-defined organometallic catalysts.
Gui Bazan obtained a B.Sc. degree from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from MIT. After working at Caltech as an NSERCC postdoctoral fellow, he started his academic career in the Chemistry Department at the University of Rochester in 1992. In 1998, Bazan joined UC Santa Barbara as a Professor of Chemistry and in 1999, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials (Engineering). In June 2000, he became the Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids. Bazan’s awards include the Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel Award (2005); an NSF Special Creativity Award (2003); two Union Carbide Innovation Award (1998, 1999); Closs Lecturer at University of Chicago (1997); the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Aears (1996-1998); the Sloan Research Fellow Award (1996-1998); an NSF Career Award (1995-1998); and the Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1992-1993).