One, two, and three dimensional superstructured materials based on polymeric nanoparticles
This interdisciplinary project involves polymer chemistry, surface science, inorganic/organic cocrystallization, rheology, and material morphology characterization. The research approach involves the systematic ordering, in solution and on substrates, of crosslinked assemblies of copolymers, as robust, nanoscale building blocks having complex structure and composition. These assemblies are being studied as potentially leading to a diverse set of technologies such as read-write memory arrays and well-defined substrates for controlled nucleation and growth of inorganic and biomolecular crystals. The morphology of individual polymer nanoparticles and final hybrid assemblies and the assembly process are the primary focus at UD.
Pochan, D.J.*; Chen, Z.; Cui, H.; Hales, K.; Qi, K.; Wooley, K.L. "Toroidal Triblock Copolymer Assemblies: Advancing the complexity of bioinspired materials," submitted to Science, under review