Our research involves the synthesis and study of large organic molecules and the discovery of new polymeric materials.

An emerging class of polymers possess property-sustaining functions for safer and longer-lasting materials. Plastic products containing polymers that autonomously sense and heal damage are nearing commercialization.More recent research has demonstrated triggered disintegration and regeneration of synthetic polymers. On the horizon are materials with other biologically-inspired behaviors such as remodeling, in which structural components are continually recycled and reshaped to maintain homeostasis against a changing physical environment. Polymers possessing autonomous functions offer promise to enhance performance while reducing consumption of natural resources and minimizing waste.

graphic of the  lifecycle  of  polymers with  autonomous  function
Caption: The lifecycle of polymers with autonomous function