About US

    Biological systems are featured by emergent properties in many processes such as energy and chemical transduction, communication, adaptation, self-repair and reproduction. They provide the proof-of-concept for what can physically be achieved with manmade materials and technology. For example, the ways in which biological systems transform and store energy, as well as their capabilities to perform self-repair and to adapt to external conditions inspire materials scientists and engineers how to manipulate energy, entropy and information in synthetic micro/nano systems.
    The broad objective of our research is to develop synergistic approaches to new polymers with bioinspired hierarchical structures and sophisticated functions. We focus on innovative synthesis and processing of π-conjugated polymers and composites with rational optoelectronic properties and interfacial functional groups for applications in photocatalysis and biomedical engineering. We enable this goal through a highly interdisciplinary research program across chemistry, materials science, biology and engineering. Our specific aims include:
1) To explore environment-benign synthesis and processing of functional polymers, particularly π-conjugated polymers and their applications in optoelectronic devices and photocatalysis.
2) To understand interfacial transport of energy, charge and mass in hierarchically assembled structures of functional polymers and composites.
3) To develop bioinspired strategies of engineering biotic/abiotic interfaces for regenerative medicines, neural stimulation and drug delivery.