Guillermo C. Bazan

Distinguished Professor

Contact Phone

(805) 893-5538
Fax: 805-893-3803

Office Location

2512 PSBN



Dr. Bazan obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa. Moving to the US, he obtained his Ph.D. from MIT, and was a postdoctoral fellow at CalTech working with John Bercaw. He joined the UCSB Chemistry Department in July 1998 as Professor of organic chemistry. He is Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids.


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Current Research

We have an active program of research which bridges areas of organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, polymers and materials science, including:

Synthesis of organic molecules with architectures that optimize optoelectronic performance. Understanding the electronic delocalization between organic chromophores in the solid state. Transmembrane agents that facilitate electron transfer and enable incorporation of microorganisms into bioelectronic devices. Oligomerization and polymerization reactions of olefins by using well-defined organometallic catalysts.


Selected Research Publications

Ultrafast Long-Range Charge Separation in Organic Semiconductor Photovoltaic Diodes, Gelinas, S.; Rao, A.; Kumar, A.; Smith, S.L.; Chin, A.W.; Clark, J.; van der Poll, T.S.; Bazan, G.C.; Friend, R.H., Science., 2014, 343, 512-516. DOI:  10.1126/science.1246249

Increased Mobility Induced by Addition of a Lewis Acid to a Lewis Basic Conjugated Polymer, Zalar, P.; Kuik, M.; Henson, Z.B.; Woellner, C.; Zhang, Y.;  Sharenko, A.; Bazan, G.C.; Nguyen, T.-Q., Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 724-727.  DOI:  10.1002/adma.201303357

Modeling Cell Membrane Perturbation by Molecules Designed for Transmembrane Electron Transfer, Hinks, J.; Wang, Y.; Poh, W. H.; Donose, B.C.; Thomas, A.W.; Wuertz, S.; Loo, S. C. J.; Bazan, G.C.;  Kjelleberg, S.;  Mu, Y.; et al., Langmuir., 2014, 30, 2429-2440.  DOI:  10.1021/la403409t

High-Mobility Field-Effect Transistors Fabricated with Macroscopic Aligned Semiconducting Polymers, Tseng, H.-R.; Phan, H.; Luo, C.; Wang, M.; Perez, L.A.; Patel, S.N.; Ying, L.; Kramer, E. J.; Nguyen, T.-Q.; Bazan, G.C.;  et al., Adv. Mater. 2014, Ahead of Print.  DOI:  10.1002/adma.201305084

Effect of Backbone Regioregularity on the Structure and Orientation of a Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Copolymer, Perez, L.A.; Zalar, P.; Ying, L.; Schmidt, K.; Toney, M. F.; Nguyen, T.-Q.; Bazan, G.C.; Kramer, E. J., Macromolecules., 2014, 47, 1403-1410.  DOI:  10.1021/ma4019679

Silaindacenodithiophene-Based Molecular Donor: Morphological Features and Use in the Fabrication of Compositionally Tolerant, High-Efficiency Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Love, J. A.; Nagao, I.; Huang, Y.; Kuik, M.; Gupta, V.; Takacs, C. J.; Coughlin, J. E.; Qi, L.; van der Poll, T. S.; Kramer, E. J.; et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 3597-3606. DOI:  10.1021/ja412473p

Comparison of Flavins and a Conjugated Oligoelectrolyte in Stimulating Extracellular Electron Transport from Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1, Wang, V. B.; Kirchhofer,           N. D.; Chen, X.; Tan, M. Y. L.; Sivakumar, K.; Cao, B.; Zhang, Q.; Kjelleberg, S.; Bazan, G. C.; Loo, S. C. J.; et al., Electrochem Commun., 2014, 41, 55-58. DOI:  10.1016/j.elecom.2014.01.025

Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Affinity of a Near-Infrared-Emitting Conjugated Oligoelectrolyte, Thomas, A.W.; Henson, Z.B.; Du, J.; Vandenberg, C.A.; Bazan, G.C., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 3736-3739. DOI:  10.1021/ja412695w

Modeling of Internal Conversion in Photoexcited Conjugated Molecular Donors Used in Organic Photovoltaics, Oldani, N.; Tretiak, S.; Bazan, G.C.; Fernandez-Alberti, S., Energy & Environ Sci., 2014, 7, 1175-1184.  DOI:  10.1039/c3ee43170c

Self-Assembly of Poly{1,4-phenylene-[9,9-bis(4-phenoxy-butylsulfonate)]fluorene-2,7-diyl} with Oppositely Charged Phenylenevinylene Oligoelectrolytes, Costa, T.; Marques, A.T.; Seixas de Melo, J.S.; Thomas, A.W.; Garner, L.E.; Scherf, U.; Bazan, G.C.; Burrows, H.D., J. Phys. Chem., B, 2014, 118, 613-623. DOI:  10.1021/jp409577y