Mike and the team have been awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to study the role of low-frequency vibrational dynamics on the properties of organic semiconducting solids. The award enables the group to grow our experimental and theoretical capabilities, and will provide unprecedented insight into the fundamental dynamics that drive solid-state phenomena. In addition, the award will allow for enhanced interaction with the broader community, by forming new relationships with the Fleming Museum of Art and the Mount Mansfield Unified Union school district. Through these partnerships, the project team will develop exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations for all ages, contributing to the development of STEM curricula and enhancing the reach of federally-funded research at the University of Vermont.

Molecular orbitals of the organic semiconductor rubrene, before (left) and after (right) displacement along a terahertz vibrational mode.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

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