- Overview -

The goal of current research in the Wiesner group is to combine knowledge about the self-assembly of soft polymeric materials with the functionality of solid-state materials to generate novel hierarchical and multifunctional hybrid materials. Research results of the group on the use of blocked copolymers as structure directing agents for inorganic materials suggest that in analogy to biology, the sequence information of higher order blocked synthetic macromolecular architectures may be used to encode information about hierarchical structure of co-assemblies with ceramic or other materials. These principles may permit the design of entirely new classes of functional materials that have no analogue in the natural world with potential applications ranging from power generation and energy conversion all the way to the life sciences.

 

- Applications -
Energy Materials

Energy Materials

Fuel Cells

Fuel Cells

Solar Cells

Solar Cells

Batteries

Batteries

Membranes

Membranes

Optical Materials

Optical (Meta)materials

Plasmonics

Plasmonics

Metamaterials

Metamaterials

Biological Probes

Biological Probes

 

- Novel Materials Synthesis -
Polymer Based Nanomaterials

Polymer Based Nanomaterials

Macromolecular Amphiphiles

Macromolecular Amphiphiles

Polymer Synthesis

Polymer Synthesis

Diblock Copolymers

Diblock Copolymers

Triblock Terpolymers

Triblock Terpolymers

Extended Amphiphilic Dendrons

Extended Amphiphilic Dendrons

Thermoresponsive hydrogel mobility

Thermoresponsive Hydrogel Mobility

Complex fluids under shear

Complex Fluids Under Shear

Mesostructured & Mesoporous Hybrids

Mesostructured & Mesoporous Hybrids

Amorphous Materials

Amorphous Materials

Polycrystalline Materials

Polycrystalline Materials

Single Crystal Epitaxy

Single Crystal Epitaxy

Nanoparticles (C Dots)

Nanoparticles (C Dots)

C Dots

C Dots

Mesoporous Nanoparticles

Mesoporous Nanoparticles

Liquid-like nanoparticles

Liquid-like Nanoparticles