Colour Change Materials for Novel Display Technology - ON-098

Preferred Disciplines: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, any level, postdoc preferred
Company: NA
Project Length: 12 months
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Preferably Kitchener-Waterloo or GTHA, definitely require Ontario. Language: English

About the Company: 

The company is developing a new reflective display technology, which will be full-colour, video capable, and easily visible in broad daylight, while consuming very little power. We envision a future where displays are everywhere, blending information seemlessly into the environment, and we’re excited to make that into a reality.

Project Description:

The goal is the synthesis of colour-changing materials for a new reflective display technology. The molecules to be synthesized are based on thiazole. Design work may be done in order to make the molecules more synthetically accessible.

Results of this work will be commercialized and scaled up to be manufactured into a product.

Research Objectives:

  • Design, synthesis, characterization and subsequent optimization of colour-change materials
  • Integration into company’s existing technology


  • Density functional theory for design work
  • Organic synthesis, and standard characterization techniques

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Broad knowledge of synthesis techniques
    • Characterization techniques (NMR, chromatography, mass spec, etc)
    • Knowledge of density functional theory is an asset but not required


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