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New Polymer Platforms for Producing Nanoscale Objects and Hybrid Materials by Self-Assembly: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Todd Emrick, Univ. Of Massachusetts, Amherst / Polymer Science & Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

This lecture will describe research at the organic/polymer/materials interface, in which novel polymeric platforms are examined as nanoscale materials, probing fundamental aspects of self-assembly and advancing the concepts of encapsulation and controlled release.

Two lines of research will be described:

1) the combination of functional polymers and particles in solution-based assembly methods that enable exquisite control over hybrid materials preparation, and

2) the synthesis of new hydrophilic and amphiphilic polymers, especially zwitterionic and cationic structures using controlled polymerization methodologies, and the use of these polymers as new platform materials for complexation of DNA, and conjugation of therapeutic moieties such as cancer drugs, and consideration of these structures as polymer-based transfection reagents and alternatives to conventional excipients in cancer drug delivery.