dr. F.C. Grozema

Ferdinand Grozema
Associate professor
Delft University of Technology
Chemical Engineering
Van der Maasweg 9
2629 HZ Delft
The Netherlands
T: +31(0)15 2783914
Office: D1.142 (Building 58)

Research Interest

1. Charge transport along molecular wires.

The transport of charge along isolated conjugated polymer chains is studied experimentally by a combination of pulse radiolysis and time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements. Additionally, computer simulations study the charge transport. The combination of experimental results and calculations gives a unique insight in charge transport along molecular wires in absence of complications arising through the presence of electrodes. PhD students/postdocs working on this topic: Aleksey Kocherzhenko

2. Charge transfer and molecular electronics.

Molecules in which charge transfer occurs from a donor to an acceptor through an intervening bridge represent interesting model systems for molecular electronics. The study of the properties of such systems can give insight in the fundamentals of charge transfer at a molecular level. These systems are studied using theoretical methods, for instance for charge transfer in DNA and pi-conjugated donor-bridge-acceptor systems. Future work will also include time-resolved laser spectroscopy. Of specific current interest in this field is the study of quantum interference effects in charge transfer. PhD students/postdocs working on this topic: Simge Tarkuc and Natalie Gorczak

3. Properties of electronically excited states excited states.

The properties of excited states in conjugated molecules are of interest since excited states are the key intermediate in light emitting diodes and solar cells. The properties of excited states and their dissociation into charge-pairs are studied theoretically by ab initio electronic structure calculations and by time-resolved spectroscopy. A particular recent interest in this field is the conversion of one singlet excited state into two triplets by singlet exciton fission. Phd students/postdocs working on this topic: Yaroslav Aulin, Deniz Gunbas.

4. Charge transport in solid conjugated materials

Charge transport in pi-conjugated materials is studied by pulse-radiolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements. Such measurements are performed for materials such as conjugated polymers and oligomers and discotic liquid crystalline materials. Charge transport properties of these materials are also studied theoretically. PhD students/postdocs working on this topic: Sameer Patwardhan 

Scholarships and awards

  • 2009    Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) ‘Vidi’ scholarship (800 k€)
  • 2009    European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (1200 k€)
  • 2005    Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) ‘Veni’ scholarship (200 k€) 


  • 2010-present: Associate professor, Opto-electronic materials, Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2005-2010: Assistant professor, Opto-electronic materials, Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2006-2007: Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in the group of Prof. M.A. Ratner,
  • 2003-2005: Post doctoral researcher, Inorganic Chemistry/PCMT, Delft University of Technology
  • 1998-2003: PhD Student Radiation Chemistry department, Delft University of Technology, Thesis: “Opto-electronic properties of conjugated molecular wires”.
  • 1992-1998: Undergraduate studies, Computational chemistry, Groningen University. 

Selected Publications

  • Towards high charge carrier mobilities via the rational design of the shape and periphery of discotics
    X. Feng, V. Marcon, W. Pisula, J. Kirkpatrick, F.C. Grozema, K. Kremer, K. Müllen, and D. Andrienko, Nature Materials, 8 (2009) 421-426.
  • High intra-chain hole mobility on molecular wires of ladder-type polymers.
    P. Prins, F.C. Grozema, J.M. Schins, S. Patil, U. Scherf and L.D.A. Siebbeles, Phys. Rev. Lett., 96 (2006), 146601.
  • Supramolecular control of charge transport in molecular wires.
    F.C. Grozema, C. Houarner-Rassin, P. Prins, L.D.A. Siebbeles and H.L. Anderson, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129 (2007) 13370-13371.
  • Mechanism of charge transport in self-organizing organic materials.
    F.C. Grozema and L.D.A. Siebbeles, Int. Rev. Phys. Chem., 27 (2008) 87-138.
  • Charge transfer through molecules with multiple pathways: Quantum interference and dephasing.
    A. Kocherzhenko, F.C. Grozema and L.D.A. Siebbeles, J. Phys. Chem. C,114 (2010) 7973-7979.
  • Absolute rates of hole transfer in DNA.
    K. Senthilkumar, F.C. Grozema, C. Fonseca Guerra, F.M. Bickelhaupt, F.D. Lewis, Y.A. Berlin, M.A. Ratner and L. D.A. Siebbeles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005), 14894-14903.
  • Mechanism of charge migration through DNA: Molecular wire behavior, single-step tunnelling or hopping ?
    F.C. Grozema, Y.A. Berlin and L.D.A. Siebbeles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 122 (2000), 10903-10909.
  • Effect of structural dynamics on charge transfer in DNA hairpins.
    F.C. Grozema, S. Tonzani, Y.A. Berlin, G.C. Schatz, L.D.A. Siebbeles and M.A. Ratner, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (2008) 5157-5166.
  • QM/MM study of the role of the solvent in the formation of the charge separated excited state in 9,9’-bianthryl.
    F.C. Grozema, M. Swart, R.W.J. Zijlstra, J.J. Piet, L.D.A. Siebbeles and P.Th. van Duijnen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005), 11019-11028.



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