Adaptive polymeric materials
.Our group has a particular interest in the study of molecular, polymeric and structured materials for the development of adaptive functional systems. We capitalize on our ability to tailor the molecular design and molecular interactions by means of synthetic and engineering approaches. Our work is often inspired by nature and lies at the interface between several fields from chemistry, materials science, photophysics, etc.
Chemists by training, we are engineers at heart who aim to solve both fundamental and societally relevant problems (e.g. health, energy, food) by building bridges with other disciplines. Our goal is to impart functionality to materials by controlling their structure. Our strategy in research aims to go from molecular design all the way to tangible prototypes and samples, i.e. from organic chemistry to engineering by means of macromolecular science. The following vignettes highlight some of the ongoing research themes in the laboratory at present.