Materials chemistry, particularly the synthetic interface between solid state, organometallic, and polymer chemistry, is the major focus of my research. Achieving not only better control of the composition and morphology of new materials, but also the controlled assembly of molecular species into organized arrays, is a primary goal. Such control should allow the construction of well-defined surface or aggregate morphologies and the construction of multicomponent films with controlled and anisotropic electronic, magnetic, or optical properties.
Our current research emphasis includes:
- the synthesis of inorganic-backbone network polymers with interesting optical and electronic properties, and as precursors to ceramic films,
- surface imaging, or the functionalization of ceramic surfaces with monolayers and covalently grafted, patterned polymer layers,
- synthetic analogues of biomineralization, in which organized inorganic/organic composites with unusual optical or structural properties are synthesized by a biomimetic in situ process, and
- the design of tailored organometallic catalysts for the polymerization of electron-deficient olefins to give new polymers and copolymers.