Brendan O'Connor


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.


Cephalopod-inspired snapshot multispectral sensor based on geometric phase lens and stacked organic photodetectors
Altaqui, A., Schrickx, H., Gyurek, S., Sen, P., Escuti, M., Brendan T. O'Connor, & Kudenov, M. (2022), OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
Organic solar powered greenhouse performance optimization and global economic opportunity
Ravishankar, E., Booth, R. E., Hollingsworth, J. A., Ade, H., Sederoff, H., DeCarolis, J. F., & Brendan T. O'Connor. (2022, March 10), ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.
Silver Nanowire Composite Electrode Enabling Highly Flexible, Robust Organic Photovoltaics
Booth, R. E., Schrickx, H. M., Hanby, G., Liu, Y., Qin, Y., Ade, H., … Brendan T. O'Connor. (2022, June 15), SOLAR RRL.
A molecular interaction-diffusion framework for predicting organic solar cell stability
Ghasemi, M., Balar, N., Peng, Z., Hu, H., Qin, Y., Kim, T., … Ade, H. (2021), NATURE MATERIALS.
Achieving High-Resolution Electrohydrodynamic Printing of Nanowires on Elastomeric Substrates through Surface Modification
Ren, P., Liu, Y., Song, R., O'Connor, B., Dong, J., & Zhu, Y. (2021), ACS APPLIED ELECTRONIC MATERIALS, 3(1), 192–202.
Balancing crop production and energy harvesting in organic solar-powered greenhouses
Ravishankar, E., Charles, M., Xiong, Y., Henry, R., Swift, J., Rech, J., … Brendan T. O'Connor. (2021), CELL REPORTS PHYSICAL SCIENCE.
Bio-inspired spectropolarimetric sensor based on tandem organic photodetectors and multi-twist liquid crystals
Altaqui, A., Schrickx, H., Sen, P., Li, L., Rech, J., Lee, J.-W., … Kudenov, M. (2021), OPTICS EXPRESS.
Mantis shrimp-inspired organic photodetector for simultaneous hyperspectral and polarimetric imaging
Altaqui, A., Sen, P., Schrickx, H., Rech, J., Lee, J.-W., Escuti, M., … Kudenov, M. (2021), SCIENCE ADVANCES, 7(10).
Modulation of Morphological, Mechanical, and Photovoltaic Properties of Ternary Organic Photovoltaic Blends for Optimum Operation
Peng, Z., Jiang, K., Qin, Y., Li, M., Balar, N., Brendan T. O'Connor, … Geng, Y. (2021), ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS.
Organic-based photodetectors for multiband spectral imaging
Altaqui, A., Kolbas, R. M., Escuti, M. J., Brendan T. O'Connor, & Kudenov, M. W. (2021), APPLIED OPTICS, 60(8), 2314–2323.

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  • TOSCA Thrust II: Predicting Long-Term Stability for Organic Solar Cells through Physical Properties of Photovoltaic Materials
  • Polymer Semiconductor Focal Volume Arrays for Advanced Multidimensional Imaging
  • SNM: Printing and Integration of Metal Nanowires and Organic Semiconductors for Large-Area Stretchable Electronics and Sensors
  • INFEWS/T3: Solar-Powered Integrated Greenhouse (SPRING) Systems Using Wavelength Selective Photovoltaics for Complete Solar Utilization
  • CAREER: Fundamental Determinants for Mechanically Robust Organic Electronics
  • Intrinsic Coincident Polymer Semiconductor Based Polarimeter
  • Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cells
  • Development of High-performance Flexible Transistors Based on Small Molecule-polymer Blends
  • Physical Stability and Optimization of Organic Solar Cells for Space Applications
Brendan O’Connor