Nils Persson is a 4th year graduate student in the Reichmanis Research Group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. His current research focuses on the molecular design and synthesis of π-conjugated semiconducting polymers for application in organic field-effect transistors and organic photovoltaic devices.
Nils grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering. While at the U of M, he played trumpet in the marching band and, with some friends, founded MinnProv, a campus improv comedy team that lives on to this day. In his free time he plays basketball or ultimate frisbee, but he can also be found tinkering around with keyboard synthesizers.
Nils' research goal is to model the formation of crystalline domains in poly-3-hexylthiophene, an organic semiconducting polymer. Crystalline order gives rise to high charge carrier mobility in organic transistors, which is advantageous for device performance. Currently, however, it is poorly understood how and when during solution processing these crystalline domains are formed. Ultrasonication and the addition of co-solvents can induce the formation of crystalline domains, and these techniques will be used to investigate the mechanisms of polymer crystallization.
Nils is co-advised by Dr. Martha Grover and Dr. Elsa Reichmanis in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.