We are enthusiastic about designing, creating, and playing with exotic small molecules and large polymers that are engineered for tailored properties.
Benzoladderenes: Congrats to Jinghui and Matias on a new family of polymechanophores that transform from nonconjugated to conjugated polymers in response to force, reporting in JACS!
Two prestigious awards won by students!
Congratulations to Zexin for the Department William Johnson Award, which is awarded to one student per year to recognize outstanding academic and research achievements!
Congratulations to Matias for the NDSEG fellowship!
The group celebrated their awards with a tuxedo cake and an award dinner.
Thanks to the hard work from the past and present group members, Yan was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship!
Congrats to Junzhe and Sean on using well-defined polyelectrolytes and rigorously measured phase diagrams to unambiguously reveal the effect of local polarity on coacervation, which was quantitatively captured by a simple model developed by the Qin group (Stanford), published in ACS Cent. Sci.
Congrats to Holden and Mahmoud on reporting CANAL ladder polyimides for membrane gas separation in Chem. Mater.! - our first paper on membrane gas separation in collaboration with the Pinnau group (KAUST).
We look forward to more exciting work from the fruitful collaborations!
Warm welcome to first year grad students Kayla Barker (Fang, TAMU) and Matias Horst (Franz, Duke) to officially join the group and Prof. Yu Zhao (NUS) for his sabbatical!
Congratulations to Yewchin on reporting a new method of synthesizing macromonomers and narrow-disperse brush block copolymers in Macromolecules and Zexin on reporting acene-like molecules containing strong antiaromaticiy with tunable electronics and packing in Angew Chem!
Warm welcome to our new postdoc Dr. Joe Ahn from the Fu and Peters groups at Caltech!
Congratulations to Jessica on the synthesis and mechanoactivation of the first mechanically responsive block copolymers in JACS and Zexin on a new member of naphthylene in Syn Lett as part of the cluster of Synthesis of Materials!
Interested in clean and quantitative end-functionalization of living ROMP polymers? Check out Ben's method using single-addition cyclopropenes. Let us know if you would like to try cyclopropenes for your next ROMP end-functionalization.
Yewchin's CBD-fused electron-poor phenazines published in Org. Lett. -- variable degrees of antiaromaticity strongly affect band gaps and optical properties.
Junzhe's trick to temporally modulate the injectability and stability of dynamic hydrogels using a biocompatible catalyst published in Adv. Mater.
The group welcomes new students JD (Caltech) and Jinghui (PKU)!
Wish Jing all the best for her faculty position at Wuhan University!
Congratulations to Zexin and Yewchin for their JACS paper on naphthylenes and tuning their antiaromaticity!
Congratulations to Zhixing Chen and the Stanford team for the awesome work featured on the cover of Science!
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