Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Michael T. Otley

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Hartford

Joined group: 2015


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (2015) University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Advisor: Gregory A. Sotzing.
Thesis – "Design and Synthesis of Electrochromic and Highly Conductive Polymers for Flexible and Stretchable Electronics"

B.S. Chemistry and Biology (2009) University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.
Advisors: James C. Shattuck and Aime Levesque


1. Cristian Pezzato, Minh T. Nguyen, Chuyang Cheng, Dong Jun Kim, Michael T. Otley, and J. Fraser Stoddart. "An efficient artificial molecular pump." Tetrahedron (2017)

2. Kim, Dong Jun, Keith R. Hermann, Aleksandrs Prokofjevs, Michael T. Otley Cristian Pezzato, Magdalena Owczarek, and J. Fraser Stoddart. "Redox-Active Macrocycles for Organic Rechargeable Batteries." Journal of the American Chemical Society (2017).

3. Michael T. Otley, Fahad Alhashmi Alamer, Yang Guo, Jose Santana, Esin Eren, Whitney M. Kline, Jack Lombardi, and Greghory A. Sotzing, “Phase Segregation of PEDOT-PSS on Textile to Produce >10 Amps/mm2 Current Carrying Capacity” Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (2016)

4. Yang Guo, Michael T. Otley, Mengfang Li, Xiaozheng Zhang, Sneh K. Sinha, Gregory M. Triech, and Gregory A. Sotzing. “PEDOT:PSS ‘Wires’ Printed on Textile for Wearable Electronics” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 8, no. 40 (2016): 26998-27005.

5. Michael T. Otley, Fahad Alamer, Yumin Zhu, Amrita Kumar, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Dependency of Polyelectrolyte Solvent Composition on Electrochromic Photopic Contrast” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 132 (2015): 131–135.

6. Michael T. Otley, Yumin Zhu, Xiaozheng Zhang, Mengfang Li, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Color‐Tuning Neutrality for Flexible Electrochromics Via a Single‐Layer Dual Conjugated Polymer Approach" Advanced Materials 26, no. 7 (2014): 8004–8009.

7. Yumin Zhu, Michael T. Otley, Xiaozheng Zhang, Mengfang Li, Chris Asemota, Geng Li, Michael A. Invernale, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Polyelectrolytes exceeding ITO flexibility in electrochromic devices" Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2, no. 46 (2014): 9874–9881.

8. Yumin Zhu, Michael T. Otley, Amrita Kumar, Mengfang Li, Xiaozheng Zhang, Chris Asemota, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Neutral Color Tuning of Polymer Electrochromic Devices Using an Organic Dye" Chemical Communications 50 (2014): 8167–8170.

9. Yumin Zhu, Michael T. Otley, Fahad Alhashmi Alamer, Amrita Kumar, Xiaozheng Zhang, Donna Mamangun, Mengfang Li, Blaise G. Arden, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Electrochromic properties as a function of electrolyte on the performance of electrochromic devices consisting of a single-layer polymer" Organic Electronics 15, no. 7 (2014): 1378–1386.

10. Michael T. Otley, Fahad Alhashmi Alamer, Yumin Zhu, Ashwin Singhaviranon, Xiaozheng Zhang, Mengfang Li, Amrita Kumar, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Acrylated poly (3, 4-propylenedioxythiophene) for enhancement of lifetime and optical properties for single-layer electrochromic devices" ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6, no. 3 (2014): 1734–1739.

11. Amrita Kumar, Michael T. Otley, Yumin Zhu, Blaise G. Arden, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Solid-state electrochromic devices: relationship of contrast as a function of device preparation parameters" Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2, no. 14 (2014): 2510–2516.

12. Fahad Alhashmi Alamer, Michael T. Otley, Yujie Ding, and Gregory A. Sotzing. "Solid‐State High‐Throughput Screening for Color Tuning of Electrochromic Polymers" Advanced Materials 25, no. 43 (2013): 6256–6260.

13. Michael T. Otley, Michael A. Invernale, and Gregory A. Sotzing. “Fabric Electrochromic Displays for Adaptive Camouflage, Biomimicry, Wearable Displays and Fashion” Electrochromic Materials and Devices, Roger J. Mortimer, David R. Rosseinsky, Paul M. S. Monk. Wiley Publishing. (2015)


During my graduate studies in the Sotzing Group (2011–2015), I focused on developing the next-generation of organic electronics using conductive polymers. My most notable graduate accomplishment was the discovery of a high-throughput color tuning system for electrochromic polymers that won the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award in March 2015. In addition, I created a dual–polymer approach to generate neutral colored (black) electrochromic polymers for active sunglass applications, and several all-organic wearable electronic devices including a cardiorespiratory sensor.

Currently, I am still working with organic electronics but I now use macrocycles instead of polymers in the Stoddart Group. I am developing a self-assembly system of redox-active macrocycles to form 'nanotubes' for membrane applications, and I also work on energy storage by using redox-active macrocycles for organic rechargeable batteries.

In the rare event that I have some free time, I enjoy working on my car, motorsports, and traveling.


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