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Nanoscale Confinement of Polymers
Investigation of confined polymer systems - thin and ultrathin films and nanocomposite materials.  

 


Engineering Polymers via Unusual Chain-end Structure and/or Architecture
Synthesis, characterization and applications of novel polymers.  

 





Advanced Polymers for Improved Sustainability
Replace polyurethanes with non-isocyanate-based polymers/hybrids, reprocessable polymer networks.  

 


Novel Materials Made by Solid-State Shear Pulverization
Improved dispersions and compatibilization of polymer nanocomposites and polymer blends by solid-state blending.  

Past & ongoing research themes and expertise:

Polymerization reaction engineering, membranes, sensors, nonlinear optical and photochromic polymers, phase behavior, rheology, diffusion and diffusion-controlled reactions.