Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Clement Burns

Second Advisor

Dr. Lisa Paulius

Third Advisor

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


With the ever-changing demands of technology and the desire to use new materials to replace the old, researchers have the job to not only find alternative materials, but also understand their properties. There continues to be extensive research in the properties of organic semiconductors, for use in many microelectronic applications. There is very little known about the excitation properties of these materials. For my research, I have chosen to study the electronic excitations of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), one specific organic semiconductor. To do this, we used resonant and non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering to measure the evolution of excitations as a function of momentum, incident energy, and scattering energy. From analysis of the data collected, we have learned that the excitations are localized and are not dependent on the crystalline structure, but are properties of the molecule.

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