Fred Wudl

Research Professor

Contact Phone

(805) 893-5817

Office Location

3213 Elings Hall



B.S. 1964, UCLA; Ph.D. 1967, UCLA; Postdoctoral, 1967 - 1968, Harvard University; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989; William Rauscher Lecturer in Chemistry Award awarded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, September 1992; Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, 1992; Peter A. Leermakers Lecturer, 1992; 3M Lecturer, University of British Columbia, 1992; Stouffer Award, University of Southern California, 1993; Arthur D. Little Award, 1993; American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 1993; Wheland Medal, University of Chicago, 1994; The "Giulio Natta" Medal, Italian Chemical Society, Rome, Italy, 1994; American Chemical Society Award for Chemistry of Materials, 1996; Bayer Lecturer, Cornell University, 1996; Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, 2004; Tolman Medal, 2006; Professional Achievement Award, UCLA, 2008; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2010; Stephanie L. Kwolek Award, RSC, 2010; co-Director CPOS since 2006.


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Research Interests

Currently we are interested in the optical and electro optical properties of processable conjugated polymers, as well as in the organic chemistry of fullerenes, and the design and the preparation of self-mending polymers. We have been studying single component re-mending polymers. Below we show the results of a mechanical properties study where the birefringence is correlated with deformation of the material.

We continue to perform research on plastic solar cells with the goal of developing new materials to improve the efficiency of the solar cells within the concepts developed at UCSB over a decade ago, as well as employing possible new concepts.

The Most Stable and Fully Characterized Functionalized Heptacene


Recent Research Publications

Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Large Open-Circuit Voltage: Electron Transfer with Small Donor-Acceptor Energy Offset. Gong, X.; Tong, M.; Brunetti, F. G.; Seo, J.; Sun, Y.; Moses, D.; Wudl, F.; Heeger, A. J. Advanced Materials, 2011, 23(20), 2272-2277.

1,4-Fullerene Derivatives: Tuning the Properties of the Electron Transporting Layer in Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells. Varotto, A.; Treat, N. D.; Jo, J.; Shuttle, C. G.; Batara, N. A.; Brunetti, F. G.; Seo, J. H.; Chabinyc, M. L.; Hawker, C. J.; Heeger, A. J.; Wudl, F. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2011, 50(22), 5166-5169.

Synthesis and Characterization of 2,8-Diazaperylene-1,3,7,9-tetraone, a New Anthracene Diimide Containing Six-Membered Imide Rings. Mohebbi, A. R.; Munoz, C.; Wudl, F. Organic Letters, 2011, 13(10), 2560-2563.

A synthetic approach to a fullerene-rich dendron and its linear polymer via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Kim, J.-G.; Yun, M.-H.; Lee, J.-H.; Kim, J.-Y.; Wudl, F.; Yang, C.-D. Chemical Communications (Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011, 47(11), 3078-3080.

Synthesis, Characterization, and Physical Properties of a Conjugated Heteroacene of 2-Methyl-1,4,6,7,8,9-hexaphenylbenz(g)isoquinolin-3(2H)-one (BIQ). Zhang, Q.; Xiao, J.; Yin, Z.; Duong, H. M.; Qiao, F.; Boey, F.; Hu, X.; Zhang, H.; Wudl. Chemistry--An Asian Journal, 2011, 6(3), 856-862.

Electron-Accepting Dithiarubicene (Emeraldicene) and Derivatives Prepared by Unprecedented Nucleophilic Hydrogen Substitution by Alkyllithium Reagents. Mohebbi, A. R.; Wudl, F. Chemistry-A European Journal, 2011, 17(9), 2642-2646.

Self-Assembly of a Fullerene Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Dyad. Wang, M.; Heeger, A. J.; Wudl, F. Small, 2011, 7(3), 298-301.

Electrochemical characterization of lithium 4,4'-tolane-dicarboxylate for use as a negative electrode in Li-ion batteries. Walker, W.; Grugeon, S.; Vezin, H.; Laruelle, S.; Armand, M.; Wudl, F.; Tarascon, J.-M. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21(5), 1615-1620.

Protection of lithium metal surfaces using tetraethoxysilane. Umeda, G. A.; Menke, E.; Richard, M.; Stamm, K. L.; Wudl, F.; Dunn, B. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21(5), 1593-1599.