04/20/17 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Dow Lecture Series: Professor Todd Emrick
Dow Lecture Series
"Using Functionality from Nature to Enable New Materials Chemistry"
This presentation will describe methods for integrating selected components from nature into synthetic polymers, producing new functional materials that are proving useful across a breadth of materials platforms. In particular, zwitterionic structures such as phosphorylcholines, sulfobetaines, and sulfothetins offer important attributes to polymers, ranging from promoting biocompatiblity, to modulation of surface electronics, to mediation of fluid-fluid interfaces. Some unexpected features of these structures includes a self-adhesion in solution that allows simultaneous stabilization of emulsion droplets and their (reversible) collection into robust structures.
Professor Emrick's research interests encompass synthetic organic/polymer chemistry, functionalization of nanoscale and 2-D materials, aqueous polymer assembly and the preparation of polymer-based therapeutics. His research program combines the concepts and techniques of organic and polymer synthesis to prepare new materials that meet a variety of applications in polymer materials science. The desire to better understand the impact of polymer structure on the properties of materials is driving his research into exciting new areas, and new materials synthesis is key to the success of these projects.