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.


All Electrohydrodynamic Printed Flexible Organic Thin Film Transistors
Ren, P., Song, R., Zhu, Y., O'Connor, B., & Dong, J. (2023, June 21), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, Vol. 6.
Emergent molecular traits of lettuce and tomato grown under wavelength-selective solar cells
Charles, M., Edwards, B., Ravishankar, E., Calero, J., Henry, R., Rech, J., … Sederoff, H. (2023), FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 14.
Rubber-Toughened Organic Solar Cells: Miscibility-Morphology-Performance Relations
Al Shafe, A., Schrickx, H. M., Ding, K., Ade, H., & Brendan T. O'Connor. (2023, August 8), ACS ENERGY LETTERS, Vol. 8.
Stretchable Organic Transistor Based Pressure Sensor Employing a Porous Elastomer Gate Dielectric
Song, R., Ren, P., Liu, Y., Zhu, Y., Dong, J., & Brendan T. O'Connor. (2023, April 28), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, Vol. 4.
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, 61(7).
Curvilinear soft electronics by micromolding of metal nanowires in capillaries
Liu, Y., Zheng, M., O'Connor, B., Dong, J., & Zhu, Y. (2022), SCIENCE ADVANCES, 8(46).
Electrothermally Actuated Semitransparent Shape Memory Polymer Composite with Application as a Wearable Touch Sensor
Booth, R. E., Khanna, C., Schrickx, H. M., Siddika, S., Al Shafe, A., & Brendan T. O'Connor. (2022, November 16), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES.
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, Vol. 15.
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, Vol. 6.
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, 20(4), 525-+.

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  • Solution-processed, flexible, semitransparent OPV modules for greenhouses: Benchmarking and characterization
  • 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