In close collaboration and exchange with the other research areas, RA Foundry Organic focuses on the development of molecular building block-based nano/meso-architectures defining the (model) systems investigated in the interface RAs.
Key physical properties of the building blocks will be controlled by synthesis (e.g., matching energy levels, transfer of excitation energy, charge carrier formation efficiency and carrier dynamics). We will work on the generation of systems comprising 0D units: (1) organic monomers including ligands, linkers, chromophores (molecular engineering) and (2) discrete molecular complexes (metal-ligand assemblies); 1D units: (3) organic oligomers and polymers including aromatic foldamers; 2D and/or 3D units assembled from suitable 0D units to form (4) porous COFs, (5) MOFs; (6) DNA origami and related assemblies, as well as (7) functional biohybrid systems (in particular photosystem I, PSI) including genetically engineered bio-components optimized with evolutionary strategies.
RA Foundry Organic will establish a tool-box for synthesis and assembly comprising methods from molecular chemistry, biological adaptation, solid-state physics and materials science. The ultimate challenge is to control functionality of e-conversion (model) systems by advanced hierarchical assembly of the building blocks of class 1-7 into 2D and 3D nano/meso-scale structures (including sculpting). This includes the specific morphologies that come with the building blocks or substrates provided by RA Foundry Inorganic as elements of architectural design.