Recent News

9/2014 - Ciszek and Killelea groups host the local AVS

7/2014 - Jake gets tenure

5/2014 - Dan joins the lab

5/2014 - Haejun joins the lab

5/2014 - Chris leaves for med school

5/2014 - Shawn has been awarded a Mulcahy Scholarship

4/2014 - Matt leaves for the Army Research Lab

4/2014 - Brittni has been awarded a Schmitt Fellowship

4/2014 - Matt's paper has been accepted by the Journal of Organic Chemistry

Professor Jacob W. Ciszek

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Loyola University Chicago
Flanner Hall 122
1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL, 60626


Academic Training

Research Interests

The Ciszek group's focus is on the application of complex synthetic molecules to surfaces. Be it Feringa's molecular motors, thermochromic switches, metal organic frameworks, or geometric macrocycles, over the years chemistry has developed a myriad of molecules that are capable of complex transformations, contain periodic shape yet tunable structure, or display other remarkable properties. Likewise, materials science and surface chemistry have accumulated decades of knowledge on molecular effects. We are interested in applying cutting edge synthetic molecules to recently established surface phenomena and rapidly advancing both fields as well as the interface between them.

The group's main focus is on modulating surface properties, specifically the work function of metals. Over the last 20 years scientists have become aware that self-assembled monolayers are capable of changing the properties of surfaces, such as the work function, band gap, and plasmons (nanoparticle surfaces). Changes in the work function have lead to more efficient electrical transport and thus more efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Changes in the band gap allows one to tune a surfaces interaction with light. These are but a few of the properties we seek to address via synthesis of intelligently designed molecules assembled on the surface.

In addition, we are looking at how the surfaces of organic semiconductor crystals can be controllably reacted. These materials are currently being adapted in the next generation of displays and computing devices, but their interfacial properties are less than desirable. We are developing the chemical reactions necessary to improve the surface, and thus device behavior, and we analyze the efficiency gains in fabricated devices.

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Selected Publications

Hopwood, J. P.; Ciszek, J. W. “Solid state and surface effects in thin-film molecular switches” Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2017, xx, xxx.

Piranej, S.; Turner, D. A.; Dalke, S. M.; Park, H.; Qualizza, B. A.; Vicente, J.; Chen, J.; Ciszek, J. W. “Tunable interfaces on tetracene and pentacene thin-films via monolayers” CrystEngComm. 2016, 18, 6062.

Qualizza, B. A.; Ciszek, J. W. “Experimental survey of the kinetics of acene Diels–Alder reactions” J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2015, 28, 629.

Bartucci, M. A.; Ciszek, J. W. “Substituent parameters impacting isomer composition and optical properties of dihydroindolizine molecular switches” J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 5586.

Bartucci, M. A.; Florián, J.; Ciszek, J. W. “Spectroscopic evidence of work function alterations due to photoswitchable monolayers on gold surfaces” J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 19471.

Qualizza, B. A.; Prasad, S.; Chiarelli, M. P.; Ciszek, J. W. “Functionalization of organic semiconductor crystals via the Diels–Alder reaction” Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 4495.

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Awards and Honors

Recent Invited Talks

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