Soft Nanomaterials

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Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Bryan 104, 108, 112

1 Brookings Dr., Campus box: 1185

St. Louis, MO 63130


Group Fall2011

Our research interests are focused at the intersection organic and plasmonic nanomaterials. We aim at rational integration of organic (polymeric, biological) materials and plasmonic nanostructures to realize multifunctional materials. Organic materials with responsive and self-assembling properties combined with functional plasmonic nanostructures that exhibit unique optical properties forms a powerful materials platform for a wide variety of applications including plasmonic photovoltaics, chemical and biological sensors, adaptive materials, non- or minimally-invasive bioimging and therapy.

Specific research interests:
  • Unconventional approaches for the fabrication highly efficient surface enhanced Raman Scattering substrates for the detection of chemical and biological analytes.
  • Hierarchical assembly of plasmonic nanostructures into functional superstructures using self-assembling properties of organic materials (e.g., block copolymers, amphiphilic molecules).
  • Organic/inorganic hybrids for physical, chemical and biological sensors and multifunctional surfaces and interfaces.
  • Nanoscale confinement effects on the thermo-mechanical properties of polymer thin films, brushes, membranes, nanocomposites and 3D polymeric structures.

Congrats to Naveen and Chris on their inside front cover feature in Advanced Materials!!

Adv Mater 2014


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