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'Electrocrystallization of Organic Charge-Transfer Salts' - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.

Supervisor's Name: Bradley Siwick

Supervisor's Email: bradley [dot] siwick [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-5853

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Summer 2013

Project start date: Monday, June 24, 2013

Project end date: Friday, August 23, 2013

Project title: Electrocrystallization of Organic Charge-Transfer Salts

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Many polycyclic aromatics can form crystalline charge-transfer salts with semiconducting, metallic or even superconducting properties. These materials are being actively investigated for their application in “organic electronics”, which make it possible to fabricate variety of electronic devices – light-emitting diodes (OLED), solar cells, transistors (OFET), switches, memories and sensors from purely organic matter. In these applications organic semiconductors have many advantages, such as ease of fabrication, mechanical flexibility, and low cost.   In addition to the applications, organic conductors have a number of fascinating properties from the more fundamental scientific perspective;  e.g. they typically exhibit a very rich phase diagram with metal-to-insulator structural phase transitions and stable charge-density wave phases.

The goal of this project is to grow crystals (primarily by electrochemical methods) of a variety of charge transfer salts and prepare them for characterization in a conventional transmission electron microscope  and for time-resolved studies on the ultrafast electron diffraction instrument in the Siwick lab.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (50%) and the final written research report (minimum 10 pages) graded by the supervisor and the course coordinator or the coordinator's delegate (50%)

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves handling chemicals.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: