David Kiefer

PhD student; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

David Kiefer is a PhD student at the division of Applied Chemistry since 2015. His research focuses on the development and processing of organic semiconducting materials, that have potential use for thermoelectric power generation. In particular, the combination of semiconducting and (polar) isolating polymers with molecular dopants are studied regarding thermoelectric, optoelectronic, structural and mechanical properties. Blends of these materials have been shown to exhibit better optoelectronic and mechanical properties compared to the pure semiconducting polymers. This is desirable, as the ultimate goal is to design functional flexible thermoelectric devices fully made of organic materials, that can be integrated into clothing or wearables in order to drive small electric devices.

Published: Mon 20 Jul 2015.