Welcome to the Risko Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

Through the development and implementation of theoretical materials chemistry approaches, we uncover critical relationships among molecular composition, packing, and the resulting electronic, redox, and optical properties of novel materials of interest for energy conversion and storage applications & new generations of electronic and optoelectronic devices. With a particular emphasis on materials derived from π-conjugated molecules and polymers, we seek to derive an integrated understanding of how chemical structure, interactions at interfaces, and external stimuli drive molecular assembly over multiple length and time scales, and how the nature of these assemblies influence the subsequent electron- and energy-transfer processes that are key to material performance.