The Klausen Research Group

Innovative synthetic chemistry for energy-relevant materials.

Structure determines function.

Strategic synthesis is a powerful tool for the construction of complex functional chemical architectures. We design and synthesize novel molecular building blocks to construct exciting nanoscale materials.

Research in the Klausen Group focuses on organosilicon and BN materials. Recent results from both programs are highlighted below.

Poly(cyclosilane)s are a new class of conductive polymers inspired by crystalline silicon, the semiconductor behind solar cells and computer chips. These materials have promise as low-cost replacements for silicon itself.
We developed an efficient synthesis of extended azaborines, unusual heterocycles in which one C=C bond is replaced by a B=N bond. The products mimic aromatic hydrocarbons both structurally and electronically.