09/12/17 - 9:45 AM
POLY/PMSE Seminar: Professor Karen L. Wooley
Karen L. Wooley is the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and a University Distinguished Professor. She holds appointments in the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. She also serves as director of the Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions.
Professor Wooley’s research interests include the synthesis and characterization of degradable polymers derived from natural products, unique macromolecular architectures and complex polymer assemblies, and the design and development of well-defined nanostructured materials. The development of novel synthetic strategies, fundamental study of physicochemical and mechanical properties, and investigation of the functional performance of her materials in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, as non-toxic anti-biofouling or anti-icing coatings for the marine environment, as materials for microelectronics device applications, and as pollutant remediation systems are particular foci of her research activities. Her group's researchers are identifying nanoscopic natural products, e.g. viral capsids, lipoproteins, and even dolphin skin, as synthetic targets. They do not attempt, however, to synthesize exactly these structures, but rather, to produce synthetic materials that capture the basic structural and functional elements.