Enhancing Precision and Efficiency in Macromolecular Synthesis: New Strategies and Enabling Functions
Seminar | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall
Motivated by nature, polymer chemists have long sought tactics and strategies for the synthesis of macromolecules and materials with precise structures. Existing approaches often require a trade-off between structural control and atom economy/scalability. Driven by specific fundamental questions and/or functional targets, we have developed synthetic strategies that offer both precision and efficiency within a variety of macromolecular synthesis contexts. This talk will highlight several of these efforts, which include iterative exponential growth plus sidechain functionalization (IEG+), brush-first ring-opening metathesis polymerization, N-heterocyclic carbene surface anchors, polymer metal-organic cage (polyMOC) synthesis, photo-redox catalyzed gel growth, and network disassembly spectrometry. The advantages of these approaches for achieving new or otherwise difficult-to-access macromolecular structures and functions will be discussed.
Light refreshments served at The Coffee Lab at 10:50am.