Brendan O'Connor

Associate Professor

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Dr. O’Connor is interested in fabrication, characterization, and modeling of organic electronic devices. Organic semiconductors have enormous potential to transform how we interact with electronics, with wide-ranging application opportunities including low-cost solar power, biocompatible electronics, and ubiquitous integration of electronics into our surroundings (the internet of things). Current research interests in Dr. O’Connor’s group include the development of robust flexible and stretchable devices, producing devices with unique capabilities, and establishing scalable processing methods. Devices of interest include solar cells, photodetectors, transistors, and thermoelectrics.

Dr. O’Connor teaches MAE 589 Direct Energy Conversion, MAE 421 Solar Energy, MAE 412 Design of Thermal Systems, MAE 310 Heat Transfer Fundamentals, and MAE 301 Thermodynamics 1.

Education

Ph.D. 2009

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

M.S. 2004

Mechanical Engineering

University of Massachusetts

B.S. 2000

Mechanical Engineering

Marquette University

Research Description

Current research topics in Dr. O'Connor's group includes: 1. Understanding the mechanical behavior of organic electronics for flexible and stretchable devices; 2. Producing low-cost, high efficiency, organic solar cells; 3. Developing high performance semitransparent solar cells and photodetectors; 4. Developing photodetectors with polarized light sensing capabilities; 5. Producing thin film thermoelectric devices with novel device geometries; 6. Understanding fundamental property-structure relationships in organic semiconductors; 7. Developing scalable processing methods for organic electronics. Research in Dr. O'Connor's group is highly interdisciplinary and includes mechanics of materials, manufacturing, thermodynamics, and semiconductor device physics. Interested students will be exposed to a wide range of fabrication and characterization methods. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. O'Connor to learn more about research opportunities in his group.