Loren Kaake grew up near Duluth, MN. He did his PhD at the University of Minnesota (2009), where he developed in-situ infrared spectroscopic techniques for studying organic transistors. He spent two years in Austin, TX working with Xiaoyang Zhu to develop ultrafast non-linear optical techniques for studying charge transfer reactions. He finished his postdoc experience in the lab of Alan Heeger at UCSB where he used transient absorption to study organic solar cells.
Prof. Kaake’s research focuses on optical probes and advanced processing techniques for organic semiconducting materials. Structure-property relationships in organic electrochemical devices are investigated using in-situ infrared spectroscopy. Fundamentals of electron transfer and transport in organic solar cells are investigated using ultrafast electro-optical sampling and transient absorption. His group is also investigating polymer film processing using subcritical and supercritical fluids.
Keywords: Physical Chemistry, Electrochemical Transistors, In-Situ Spectroscopy, Laser Spectroscopy, Conjugated Polymers, Pi-Conjugated Materials, Supercritical Fluids, Printed Electronics, Organic Solar Cells