Applying design concepts from supramolecular chemistry to the fabrication of new and improved devices for energy conversion, electrochemistry, and electronics. Research topics include two-dimensional materials, nanoparticle electronics, supramolecular design and solar energy conversion.
Scott studied chemistry at Whitman College from 1998 to 2002 and conducted solar energy research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory during the summers. He earned his Ph.D. in 2007 with work on the self-assembly of fuel cell electrodes in the groups of Uli Wiesner and Frank DiSalvo at Cornell. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Michael Grätzel at EPFL, Switzerland, from 2007 to 2010. During that time, he directed a European consortium on water splitting and was a visiting researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology with Avner Rothschild. Scott returned to the U.S. in 2011, working on nanoparticle electronics at Northwestern University with Bartosz Grzybowski. He has been an assistant professor in the departments of chemistry and applied physical sciences at UNC Chapel Hill since 2013.
How can the tools of supramolecular and solid-state chemistry be combined to design materials in which surface properties override bulk properties? The goal of our research is to integrate organic and inorganic building blocks in novel ways to design hybrid materials in which new phenomena — especially phenomena relevant to energy conversion and electronics — emerge.
The building blocks used in our research include novel 2-D materials, nanoparticles, and polymers. Beginning with conceptually different synthetic strategies, the lab emphasizes design approaches that result in new structures and properties in the final material. Of particular interest are properties that relate to electron and ion transfer. These charge transfer processes are crucial to designing improved catalysts, solar cells, batteries, and transistors; the laboratory focuses not only on synthesis but on device design and testing.