Macromolecular Nanomaterials Synthesis

Macromolecular Nanomaterials Synthesis

The Macromolecular Nanomaterials laboratories include a wide range of polymer synthesis capabilities with special emphasis on selective deuteration and ionic polymerization. Visit the Nanomaterials Characterization page to learn about related characterization capabilities available to CNMS users.

Polymerization Techniques

  • Ionic Polymerizations: World-class expertise in the preparation of well-defined, narrow molecular distribution polymers and copolymers including complex polymer architectures (i.e. block, star, comb, graft and hyperbranched polymers) by anionic and cationic polymerizations. (David Uhrig, Kunlun Hong)
  • Controlled Radical Polymerization: Extensive expertise in free radical and controlled radical (ATRP, NMP, RAFT) polymerizations. (Brad Lokitz, Kunlun Hong)
  • Ring Opening Polymerization: Expertise in the controlled ring-opening polymerization for the synthesis of well-defined polymeric materials. (Kunlun Hong)
  • Metal-catalyzed Cross-Coupling: Growing expertise in the synthesis of conjugated polymers by KCTP, Suzuki coupling, and other polymerization mechanisms. (Peter Bonnesen, Kunlun Hong)
  • Deuterated Polymers: Selective deuteration of polymers, enabled by our expertise in deuteration of small molecules, for the study of polymer morphololgy, dynamics and structure with neutron techniques. (Peter Bonnesen, Kunlun Hong)

Small Molecule Synthesis

  • Synthesis of novel monomers and small molecule building blocks: Expertise in small organic molecule synthesis and characterization. (Peter BonnesenKunlun Hong)
  • Deuterated monomers, polymers, and specialty molecules: Unique expertise in synthesis of deuterated monomers and building blocks for neutron studies. (Peter BonnesenKunlun Hong)