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Polymer Chemistry


Polymer Chemistry (Polymer/Colloid Science and Engineering) research at Stony Brook is centered around the investigations of polymer structures, morphologies and dynamics from atomic, nanoscopic, microscopic to mesoscopic scales. The current research topics include fiber formation and deformation at nano- and micro-scales, high pressure study under supercritical conditions, mineralization under polymer nanostructured templates, organic/inorganic hybrid nanocomposites, phase transitions of polymers, polymer/DNA interactions, new polymer media for DNA electrophoresis, polymer crystallization, polymer melts and solutions during flow, supramolecular synthetic and biological molecules. Recently, several major research programs in collaboration with the faculty of Biomedical Engineering Department and of Medical School have also been launched to apply the bioabsorbable/biocompatible polymers for medical applications, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Our laboratories are equipped with some best nanostructure characterization facilities in the world, including laser light scattering laboratory at Stony Brook and synchrotron X-ray scattering beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source in Brookhaven National Laboratory and at the Advanced Photon Sources in Argonne National Laboratory. The fundamental light scattering techniques involve photon correlation spectroscopy, transient electric birefringence, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching, and holographic relaxation spectroscopy. Together with time resolved simultaneous small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) techniques and other methods such as Raman scattering, we have been studying many frontier polymer research problems as stated above.

 

Surita R. Bhatia

Surita R. Bhatia
Professor. Structure and rheology of soft materials and complex fluids, including colloidal dispersions and polymeric hydrogels.

   
Benjamin Chu

Benjamin Chu
Distinguished Professor. Light-scattering spectroscopy; X-ray scattering; polymer physics; colloid science, DNA electrophoresis; biomedical applications

   
Ken A. Dill

Ken A. Dill
Professor. Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology. Statistical physics of biological molecules and cells. We model proteins, water, cell networks, dynamics of small systems, and we develop methods for computer-based drug discovery.

   
Benjamin Hsiao

Benjamin S. Hsiao
Distinguished Professor. Fundamentals of structure, morphology, property and processing relationships in polymers; nanocomposites and biomaterials.  Discovery of sustainable nanomaterials for water purification.

   
Robert Grubbs

Robert Grubbs
Associate Professor. My research group is interested in the common ground shared by polymer, organic, and materials chemistry and we are involved in the design, synthesis, and characterization of polymer-based organic materials.

   
Jon Rudick

Jon Rudick
Assistant Professor. Organic, polymer, and supramolecular chemistry; design, synthesis, and characterization of dendrimers, polymers, liquid crystals, and hybrid biomaterials.

   
Nicole Sampson

Nicole Sampson
Professor. Bioorganic chemistry and mechanistic enzymology. Investigation of the structure and function of cholesterol oxidase protein-membrane interactions, and its relationship to Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis. Synthesis of peptides and polymers to probe the role of ADAM proteins in mammalian fertilization.

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