Synthesis and Self-assembly of Block Copolymer

The fundamental aspects of supramolecular chemistry is self assembly of atoms and molecules into impressive range of complex morphology. The non covalent self-assembly of block copolymer gives rise many interesting dimensionally controlled morphologies such as spherical micelles, cylinders and vesicles. We are investigating new types of initiators for polymerization. We are preparing a broad range of colloidalsomes through emulsion polymerization. The encapsulation of inorganic nanoparticles into the colloidalsomes has potential biomedical application such as imaging and biosensing.

Adv. Mater. 2017, 1704368.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 12086.

Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 4812.

Poly. Chem., 2010, 1, 347.

Functional Inorganic Nanomaterials

We are working on de novo design of porous materials. To have impact on the real application, porous materials must satisfy multiple criterias such as high surface area, crystallinity, selectivity, stability and processability. We are exploring a broad design challenge to control the multiple structural property such as porosity, crystalinity and dimension of porous nanomaterials. We are particularly interested in using highly porous nanosctructure in catalysis and energy conversion.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 11073.

Small, 2015, 11, 1992.

Langmuir, 2014, 30, 651.

APL Materials, 2016, 4, 040703.