This group is currently involved in the synthesis of novel materials that self-assemble.  The self-assembly behavior of these materials will then be manipulated to create nanoscale architectures that will enable next-generation technologies such as organic photovoltaics.

Current Research
Polymer-Tethered Nanoparticles.  Polymer-tethered nanoparticles are interesting systems that may exhibit very rich self-assembly behavior.  The goal of this project is to synthesize a library of PTNPs and study their self-assembly behavior using SEM, TEM, XRD, SAXS, and AFM.  Potential applications include organic photovoltaics, fuel cells, catalysts, and photonics.
Rod-Coil Block Copolymers.   Rod-coil block copolymers contain a flexible and a rigid segment.  These systems also show distinctive self-assembly.  The goal of this project is to study the self-assembly of these materials during unconventional annealing techniques such as zone annealing , flow coating, or solvent annealing.  Applications include photovoltaics and field-effect transistors.

Zone Annealing of Block Copolymers. Block-copolymers self-assemble into various nanoscale architectures.  Berry et al. have shown that zone annealing is a useful method for creating oriented defect free systems.  The goal of this project is to better understand the fundamentals of zone-annealing.  Potential applications include high density storage and photonics.