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Sustainability is a central evolving theme in the use of polymeric materials. Going from recycling of plastics, to the use of polymer membranes is separation processes (e.g., removing CO2 from air, purifying water) it is evident that polymer science has to evolve to answering these pressing questions of our time. We propose to addresses these societally critical questions by using the tools of fundamental science (including experiments, theory, simulations and the evolving tools of data science) to impact applications on a short time scales.

Our group employs a bottom-up approach to study these materials, specifically polymer dynamics and self-assembly, with an emphasis on controlling macroscopic properties. Potential systems of interests include polymer nanocomposites, synthetic and bio-polymers, complex fluids, transport membranes, and polyelectrolytes. While our focus seems diverse, we are always guided by applications and by the need to establish their fundamental underpinnings. We combine experiments, simulations, and theory to understand the thermodynamic driving force that governs the equilibrium behavior of these complex systems at the nanoscale.