Colin Bridges

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. Chemistry / University of Toronto (2015)
B.S. Chemistry (Materials Focus) / University of British Columbia (2010)

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Originally from Vancouver, I finished my B.Sc at the University of British Columbia and moved to Toronto to begin my Ph.D. under Dwight Seferos at the University of Toronto. In my doctoral research, I studied how size and shape affected the molecular sensing capabilities of metal nanoparticles. Aided by computational chemistry, I also studied how catalyst electronics affected the chain growth synthesis of conjugated polymers, and used these findings to synthesize p-n block copolymers. My current research interests are studying the thermodynamic transitions and mesophase structure of donor acceptor copolymers, and developing polymer/inorganic composites for thermoelectrics. When not in the lab, I enjoy biking, camping, cooking, and ice-hockey.

Selected publications:

  • Bridges, C. R., Guo, C., Yan, H., Miltenburg, M., Li, P., Li, Y., Seferos, D. S. Conjugated Polymers with Switchable Carrier Polarity Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 5587.
  • Pollit, A. A., Bridges, C. R., Seferos, D. S. Evidence for the Chain-Growth Synthesis of Statistical π-Conjugated Donor-Acceptor Copolymers Macromolecular Rapid Comm. 2014, 36, 65.
  • Yan, H., Hollinger, J., Bridges, C. R., McKeown, G., Al-Faouri, T., Seferos, D. S. Doping poly(3-hexylthiophene) Nanowires with Selenophene Increases the Performance of Polymer-Nanowire Solar Cells Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26, 4605.
  • Bridges, C. R., Yan, H., Pollit, A. A., Seferos, D. S. Controlled Synthesis of Fully π‐Conjugated Donor−Acceptor Block Copolymers Using a Ni(II) Diimine Catalyst ACS Macro Lett. 2014, 3, 671.
  • Bridges, C. R., McCormick,T. M., Gibson, G. L., Hollinger, J., Seferos, D. S. Designing and Refining Ni(II)diimine Catalysts Toward the Controlled Synthesis of Electron-Deficient Conjugated Polymers      J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 35, 13212.
  • Highlighted in SYNFACTS, November 2013.
  • Gao, D. Djukic, B., Shi, W., Bridges, C. R., Kozycz, L. M., Seferos, D. S. Evolution of the Electron Mobility in Polymer Solar Cells with Different Fullerene Acceptors ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013, 5, 8038.
  • McCormick, T. M., Bridges, C. R., Carrera, E. I., Gibson, G. L., Kozycz, L. M., DiCarmine, P. M., Hollinger, J., Seferos, D. S. Conjugated Polymers: Evaluating DFT Methods for More Accurate Orbital Energy Modeling Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3879.
  • Musgrove, A., Bridges, C. R., Sammis, G. M., Bizzotto, D. Potential-Dependent Interaction of DOPC Liposomes with an Octadecanol-Covered Au(111) Surface Investigated Using Electrochemical Methods Coupled with in Situ Fluorescence Microscopy Langmuir 2013, 29, 3347.
  • Bridges C. R., DiCarmine, P .M., Fokina, A., Huesmann, D., Seferos, D. S. Synthesis of Gold Nanotubes with Controllable Wall Thicknesses J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 1127.
  • Bridges, C. R., Schon, T. B., DiCarmine, P. M., Seferos, D. S. Template Directed Synthesis of Functional Gold Nanotubes Journal of Visualized Experiments 2013, 74, e50420.
  • Bridges, C. R., DiCarmine, P. M., Seferos, D. S. Gold Nanotubes as Sensitive, Solution-suspendable refractive Index Reporters Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 963.
  • Highlighted in MRS Bulletin, May 2012.