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Summaries of the Ober Group's research interests are listed below, along with the names of the group members working on each project. Please click on the titles or the expand/shrink links of the individual projects to read the project descriptions.


Transient Polymer Substrates

▶ Katherine Camera

Heat and acid triggered polycarbonate transience. Structural integrity and thermal sensitivity can be combined to create a stable substrate at room temperature which can then subsequently vaporize upon heating.

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Polymer Brushes

▶ Hai Quang Tran, Yuming (Robin) Huang, Nilay Duzen

The strategy for transforming plasma cell membrane vesicles into planar plasma cell membrane bilayer on polyelectrolyte brushes.

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Anti-biofouling Surface-Active Block Copolymers

▶ Amanda Leondardi

Aluminum panels (reference and SABC-coated) after 30 days of static immersion and 30 days of dynamic sea immersion (Tuticorin, India). Tests performed by Nanosurfaces Inc.

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Nanoparticle Photoresists

▶ Yusuke Otsubo, Dr. Florian Kafer

Structure illustration of nanoparticle photoresist and their EUV patterns.

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Paired Ionic Electronic Conductors

▶ Ziwei Liu

Liquid crytals with immiscible ionic conducting building blocks and electronic conducting building blocks can self-assemble into specific phases generating co-continuous domains for ion and electronic carrier transport, respectively

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Stable Radical Polymer

▶ Alicia Cintora, Yiren Zhang

Block copolymers with stable radical groups phase separate into ordered morphologies. Due to their reversible redox reactions they may find applications in next generation batteries.

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Laser Annealing for Block Copolymers

▶ Jing Jiang

directed self-assembly PS-PDMS by graphoepitaxy using diode laser at 45W for 20ms

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Organic Bioelectronics

▶ Amanda Leonardi

The molecular conformation (folding) of of fibronectin can be controlled by applying an appropriate voltage to a conducting polymer surface. This concept is extended to rationally designed synthetic block copolymers.

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