J. D. Tovar

J. D. Tovar


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J. D. Tovar joined the JHU faculty in 2005 and established a research group that is broadly interested in the synthesis and investigation of organic materials with extended pi-electron conjugation. These types of materials are currently receiving significant attention due to their useful properties akin to those of traditional semiconductors or metals such as luminescence, electrochromism and light harvesting. We use molecular design as a tool to predict, control and seek a better understanding of energy transport processes through these organic electronic materials to enable their employment in emerging applications ranging from inexpensive flexible circuitry and devices to active biomedical materials. Research projects in our group provide students with extensive experience in organic synthesis (aromatic, polymer and peptide chemistries) along with optical and electrochemical characterization techniques. You can learn more specifics about these projects on our group webpage linked above.

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AM Sanders, TS Kale, HE Katz, JD Tovar
Solid-Phase Synthesis of Self-Assembling Multivalent π-Conjugated Peptides
ACS Omega 2 (2), 409-419, 2017

B Li, S Li, Y Zhou, HAM Ardoña, LR Valverde, WL Wilson, JD Tovar, ...
Non-equilibrium self-assembly of π-conjugated oligopeptides in solution
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017

TS Kale, JD Tovar
Corrigendum to “Regulation of peptide-π-peptide nanostructure bundling: The impact of ‘cruciform’π-electron segments”[Tetrahedron 72 (2016) 6084–6090]
Tetrahedron 9 (73), 1293-1294, 2017

D Levine, R Messersmith, M Siegler, JD Tovar
Ring fusion isomers of dithienoborepins: perturbations of electronic structure, aromaticity, and reactivity in boron-containing polycyclic heteroaromatics
Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2016

W Liyanage, HAM Ardoña, HQ Mao, JD Tovar
Cross-Linking Approaches to Tuning the Mechanical Properties of Peptide π-Electron Hydrogels
Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2016

TS Kale, JD Tovar
Regulation of peptide-π-peptide nanostructure bundling: the impact of ‘cruciform’π-electron segments
Tetrahedron 72 (40), 6084-6090, 2016

BA Thurston, JD Tovar, AL Ferguson
Thermodynamics, morphology, and kinetics of early-stage self-assembly of π-conjugated oligopeptides
Molecular Simulation 42 (12), 955-975, 2016

BC Streifel, JL Zafra, GL Espejo, CJ Gómez‐García, J Casado, JD Tovar
Berichtigung: An Unusually Small Singlet–Triplet Gap in a Quinoidal 1, 6‐Methano [10] annulene Resulting from Baird's 4n π‐Electron Triplet Stabilization
Angewandte Chemie 128 (32), 9268-9268, 2016

BC Streifel, JL Zafra, GL Espejo, CJ Gómez‐García, J Casado, JD Tovar
Corrigendum: An Unusually Small Singlet–Triplet Gap in a Quinoidal 1, 6‐Methano [10] annulene Resulting from Baird's 4n π‐Electron Triplet Stabilization
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55 (32), 9122-9122, 2016

RE Messersmith, MA Siegler, JD Tovar
Aromaticity Competition in Differentially Fused Borepin-Containing Polycyclic Aromatics
The Journal of organic chemistry 81 (13), 5595-5605, 2016

JD Tovar, SR Diegelmann, BD Wall, GS Vadehra, , GS Vadehra
Self-assembling peptides bearing organic electronic functionality and applications employing the same
US Patent 9,334,304, 2016

AM Sanders, TJ Magnanelli, AE Bragg, JD Tovar
Photoinduced electron transfer within supramolecular donor–acceptor peptide nanostructures under aqueous conditions
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138 (10), 3362-3370, 2016

AM Fraind, LR Ryzhkov, JD Tovar
Chain Dynamics, Relaxation Times, and Conductivities of Bithiophene–Acene Copolymers Measured Using High Frequency Saturation Transfer EPR
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 120 (5), 1033-1039, 2016

B Li, S Li, Y Zhou, J Tovar, W Wilson, C Schroeder
Directed self-assembly of pi-conjugated oligopeptides for supramolecular electronics
APS Meeting Abstracts, 2016

JD Tovar, HE Katz, HAM Ardona, A Sanders, K Besar, , K Besar
Energy transfer within pi-conjugated peptide heterostructures in aqueous environments
US Patent App. 14/950,603, 2015

K Besar, HAM Ardona, JD Tovar, HE Katz
Demonstration of hole transport and voltage equilibration in self-assembled π-conjugated peptide nanostructures using field-effect transistor architectures
ACS nano 9 (12), 12401-12409, 2015

HAM Ardoña, JD Tovar
Peptide π-electron conjugates: organic electronics for biology?
Bioconjugate chemistry 26 (12), 2290-2302, 2015

DR Levine, JD Tovar
Boron-Containing Polycyclic Aromatics
Polycyclic Arenes and Heteroarenes: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications, 2015

JD Tovar
Peptide Nanostructures with π‐Ways: Photophysical Consequences of Peptide/π‐Electron Molecular Self‐Assembly
Israel Journal of Chemistry 55 (6‐7), 622-627, 2015

RE Messersmith, JD Tovar
Assessment of the aromaticity of borepin rings by spectroscopic, crystallographic and computational methods: a historical overview
Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 28 (6), 378-387, 2015