S. Thai Thayumanavan
273 Physical Sciences Building
We are interested in translating novel polymer-based molecular assemblies into innovative materials to make a lasting impact in biomedical and sustainability applications. For example, we are developing fundamental guidelines on the structural features in molecular components of the assemblies that make the self-assembled materials predictably respond to a specific environmental change. Such an understanding has far-reaching implications in a variety of areas, including therapeutic delivery, sensing and diagnostics. The intellectual starting point of our work is the novel molecular design, which is often inspired either by a specific gap in the fundamental understanding of supramolecular assembly and diassembly events or by a specific societal or commercial need.