Nanotechnology; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; drug and gene delivery; colloid and surface science; interfacial engineering; polymer and biopolymer synthesis.
Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials: electrocatalysis; composite membranes; proton exchange membrane fuel cells; alkaline fuel cells; lithium ion batteries; zinc-air batteries; clear water and clear energy technology.
Development of self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles for the delivery of conventional small molecule therapeutic agents. Our technology aims to improve the therapeutic index of currently available drugs by optimizing their efficacy and toxicity, and to improve the solubility and stability of drug entities that have been stalled in preclinical trials because of suboptimal biochemical properties. Also specialize in designing and optimizing the processes in nanoparticle manufacturing, which include particle formation, collection, drying and sterilization.
Printable nanoparticle-based semiconductors and conductors; p-type, n-type, and ambipolar organic and polymeric semiconductors; Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs); organic photovoltaics (solar cells, photodetectors, etc.); Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs); nanophase separation; nanocomposites.
Correlation of synthesis-structure properties of polymers; development of polymer nanocomposites; mathematical modeling of polymerization mechanisms.
Nano-structured systems from templating process; enhanced drug delivery systems; Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP); stimuli responsive polymeric systems; polymer-surfactant interactions; associative polymers for environmentally friendly coatings; magnetic nanoparticles for novel separation processes.
Nanofabrication using electron beam lithography; small scale mechanical properties; fracture of thin films and 3D structures; interface chemistry; extreme low-k dielectrics; super strong materials.
Synthesis of novel nanostructured materials for energy storage, such as supercapacitor and battery; study and model the long time durability of these devices; engineering the interface of filler materials for multi-functional polymer composites.
Biomimetic micro/nano-technology; adhension, surface forces and contact dynamics; polymers, interfacial phenomena and surface chemistry; pulp and paper science and engineering.