Dr. Martha Grover seminar
Dr. Martha Grover, Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, will deliver a department seminar, "Experimental optimization of polymer-based organic electronics on March 28.
Data science approaches have yielded pathways toward “big data analytics” for the accelerated development of many material systems. However, tremendous challenges exist in applying widespread, data-driven approaches to facilitate the accelerated development of electronic devices formulated from polymer semiconductors. Such polymer materials have demonstrated unprecedented performance for flexible, stretchable, and deformable device applications, though their discovery remains largely trial-and-error. A foremost challenge is the availability of experimental data that can yield the requisite knowledge necessary to inform robust performance and formulation precision at the manufacturing scale. The reliability of available experimental data to this end, such as in literature, is hindered by the need to interrogate the relevant process parameters and structural features in both solution and in thin film. This presentation details progress on the implementation of informatics methodologies for the development of polymer-based organic semiconductor technologies. The integration of high throughput experimentation laboratory techniques offers an avenue to traverse the small data gap afforded by the organic semiconductor parameter space. Robust data management systems provide a foundation for schema design and solutions for the challenges in small, sparse, materials data. Finally, the incorporation of “small data analytics” approaches on literature datasets provides a foundation for informing sequential experiments from which π-conjugated polymer domain knowledge can be extracted.
Martha Grover is a Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. She is the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Engineering and has a joint appointment at Savannah River National Laboratory. She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. She joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2003. In 2011 she received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE, and in 2018 the Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education. Her research program is dedicated to understanding, modeling, and engineering the self-assembly of atoms and small molecules to create larger scale structures and complex functionality. Her approach draws on process systems engineering, combining modeling and experiments in applications dominated by kinetics, including surface deposition, crystal growth, polymer reaction engineering, and nuclear waste immobilization.