The Haley lab is currently interested in the application of conjugated organic molecules toward various avenues:
Formally anti-aromatic, fully conjugated indenofluorene scaffolds are being explored as potential materials for organic electronics due to their ability to easily
and reversibly accept electrons, in addition to fundamental exploration of these closed-shell antiaromatic moieties.
Conjugated aryl-ethynyl systems are being investigated for use in the sensing of various biologically/environmentally relevant phenomena, utilizing the inherent
fluorescence of such systems to selectively sense or detect the presence of certain anions or potential gradients. This project is part of a collaboration with Darren
The synthetic expertise of the Haley lab is being applied toward the synthesis and SAR studies of a family of compounds related to the known pharmaceutical compound,
pentamidine, for treatment and study of myotonic dystrophy. The assay work is performed by another lab within the Institute of Molecular Biology here at the University of
Oregon, as a collaboration with Andy Berglund.