Functional Polyethers

Functional Polyethers
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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 anti-biofouling coatings. A challenge with all PEG-based systems is the lack of functional handles along the polyether backbone. Using robust monomer syntheses, and highly controlled ring-opening (co) polymerizations, we are able to tailor the functionality of polyether materials toward applications in drug-delivery, and energy storage.