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Soft Matter Incubator (SMI) researchers have created water-filled particles known as microgels within robust polymer networks made of natural fibrin. In a remarkably dynamic process, the microgels self-assemble into three-dimensional tunnel-like structures that could allow repair cells to migrate through the polymer network to begin the healing process.
A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic devices, potentially expanding the applications for these technologies. By enabling production of efficient single-layer solar cells, the new process could help move organic photovoltaics into a new generation of wearable devices and enable small-scale distributed power generation.
Soft Matter Incubator (SMI) researcher Prof. Elisabetta Matsumoto is part of a team of researchers that is helping bring hyperbolic space to anyone with a virtual reality (VR) headset. The effort is designed to allow users to experience non-Euclidean spaces in which parallel lines diverge (hyperbolic space) that can be difficult to fully imagine with purely mathematical considerations. The research was recently part of the News in Focus in Nature. Find out more here.
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 11:00am
The Soft Matter Lunch & Posters event welcomes researchers working in all areas of soft matter at Georgia Tech to participate and share your latest and greatest discoveries. There will be two concurrent poster sessions on anything squishy. A free lunch will be provided. All participants may present a poster (size limit 30” x 40”). Come network with fellow graduate students, post doctoral fellows and faculty while showcasing your exciting research! Registration is free but required.
Registration Deadline: April 12, 2017, 5:00 PM
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
Ionic Liquid/Block Polymer Nanocomposites: Remarkably Versatile, Functional Materials
Prof. Timothy P. Lodge
University of Minnesota
Ionic liquids are an emerging class of solvents with an appealing set of physical attributes. These include negligible vapor pressure, impressive chemical and thermal stability, tunable solvation properties, high ionic conductivity, and wide electrochemical windows. In particular, the non-volatility renders ionic liquids practical components of devices, but they require structure-directing agents to become functional materials. Block polymers provide a convenient platform for achieving desirable nanostructures by self-assembly, with lengthscales varying from a few nanometers up to several hundred nanometers. Furthermore, ionic liquids and polymer blocks can be selected to impart exquisitely tunable thermosensitivity, by exploiting either upper or lower critical solution transitions (UCSTs and LCSTs).