Crosslinkable and Functional Polymers

The ability to produce robust and functional cross-linked materials from soluble and processable organic polymers is dependent upon facile chemistries for both reinforcing the structure through cross-linking and for subsequent decoration with active functional groups. Generally, covalent...

Coacervate Hydrogels

Combining the power of oxyanionic polymerization and thiol-ene click chemistry, we can form hydrogels from a binary mixture of solutions containing fully watersoluble and oppositely-charged triblock copolymer precursors. The key to the physical associations in these materials...

Functional Polyethers

Polyethers, such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), are widely used materials in established fields such as drug-delivery, and control of biocompatibility, and are becoming increasingly important in emerging technologies such as lithium-polymer batteries, and environmentally benign...

Polyethers for Energy Storage

Polymer electrolytes may aid in the development of higher energy-density, and safely operating lithium-polymer batteries. We leverage our expertise in the design and synthesis of polyether materials to investigate replacements for poly(ethylene oxide); the state-of-the-art polymer...

Processing Aid for OPVs

A thermally degradable poly(propylene carbonate) (PC) binder is added to a solution of soluble precursor to a tetrabenzoporphyrin to increase viscosity, allowing for the use of large-area methods such as inkjet printing, slot coating, or blade coating. This method is used to make bulk...

Soft Imprint Lithography

Amorphous titania electrodes were patterned using soft imprint lithography to determine the effects of electrode geometry on the organic solar cell photoconversion efficiency.

Dendrimer synthesis is often complicated and time-intensive.  We have developed a new divergent approach to dendrimer construction that relies on simple, robust, and orthogonal reactions such as thiol-ene coupling and copper catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) chemistry to build...

Christina Rodriguez, a chemistry undergraduate in the group, was awarded a Special Merit Award for her poster presentation at the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Symposium in Irvine, CA. The title of Christina's poster was "Synthesis of heterobifunctional poly(...

Crosslinkable and Functional Polymers
Coacervate Hydrogels
Functional Polyethers
Polyethers for Energy Storage
Processing Aid for OPVs
Soft Imprint Lithography