Jason Spruell is an Elings Fellow in Experimental Science, supported through the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) as well as the American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellowship from the NSF, to perform postdoctoral research at UCSB. Before joining the Hawker group at the end of 2009, Jason completed a Ph.D. with Sir Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University, supported by a NSF graduate research fellowship. While there, Jason developed highly efficient synthetic routes to switchable mechanically interlocked molecules which act as finely controlled molecular machines. Before that, he received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Alabama. Although he moved around growing up, spending time across the south east and western United States, Jason claims Chattanooga, TN as his home town. He enjoys spending time with his two sons, Nathan and London, as well as with his beautiful wife, Joy.
Jason is developing a research program of organic materials synthesis wherein polymeric precursors are assembled into desired shapes and morphologies, locked in place with efficient crosslinks, and decorated with additional functionality to be used in technologically relevant applications. To achieve these goals we are constantly developing efficient chemistries to synthesize functional macromolecules of various composition, evaluating top-down and bottom-up approaches to molecular assembly, employing novel strategies to crosslink polymer domains in a controlled manner, and deploying these methodologies to solve important fundamental and applied problems.