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Directing the self-assembly of nanometer- and micron-scale colloids has the potential to impact the development of new materials...

RESEARCH

RESEARCH AT A GLANCE

Over the past decade, extensive research has been conducted on the synthesis of polymers that are capable of rivaling Nature’s biomaterials in...

A fundamental limitation of current diagnostics and therapeutics is the lack of a single delivery system that has the potential to not only deliver...

Supported catalysis is emerging as a cornerstone of transition metal complex catalysis as environmental awareness increases and transition metal...

Existing scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, primarily hydrogels and polymeric foams, have inadequate mechanical properties and ...

The main focus of the research carried out in the Weck group is the development of novel methodologies for the construction of complex polymeric materials and the use of the resulting polymers as key materials for important applications including organic light- emitting diodes, viscoelastic solids, drug delivery and tissue engineering. Our synthetic approaches towards these materials are motivated by Nature's design principles that rely on weak and reversible interactions between building blocks to introduce function and diversity, thereby creating a vast library of biological materials. We combine these noncovalent strategies with living polymerization methods to create polymers for the next generation of materials applications. The Weck group has the three major research thrusts:

 

• The design of multifunctional polymers either via side-chain or end-group functionalization and the use of oligopeptides for molecular tectonics. These studies offer facile syntheses of multifunctional materials with applications ranging from organic light-emitting diodes to tunable crosslinked viscoelastic materials.

 

• The development of soluble supports for the catalysis of carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, enantioselective epoxidations, hydrolytic kinetic resolutions, and addition reactions which are all transformations of utmost importance for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industry.

 

• The synthesis of complex polymers and dendrimers as materials for tissue engineering and as delivery vehicle for biological applications.

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