Research in the Adronov Group is mainly concerned with the synthesis and study of novel polymers with unique molecular architectures and nanoscale structures that may eventually have applications in diverse areas such as molecular electronics, sensory devices, new materials, and macromolecular therapeutics. Structures having a nanometer size regime provide numerous practical and intellectual challenges to the synthetic chemist. Taking nature's example, such structures can be extremely useful and interesting, if one learns how to reliably prepare and manipulate them in a facile manner. By studying the macroscopic effects of simple variations in the molecular architecture and composition of functional building-blocks, we hope to infer structure-property relationships that will enable a greater understanding of large macromolecular assemblies (both covalent and non-covalent) and allow for the design of more effective, functional structures. At the heart of all our projects is organic synthesis, while the end goals of the research will be to solve practical problems with an impact on the "real world".
Sept. 22 - Mokhtar successfully transferred to the Ph program. Congratulations Mokhtar Aug. 10 - Lukas successfully transferred to the PhD program. Congratulations Lukas!Mar. 26 - Dominica was awarded first prize in the Polymer Symposium at SOUSCC for her oral presentation. Congratulations Dominica! Mar. 18 - Patigul and Dominica are awarded NSERC Fellowships for graduate studies. Congratulations Patigul and Dominca! Mar. 11 - Patigul passed her Comprehensive Exam. Congratulations Patigul! Mar. 9 - Patigul's paper entitled "The Effect of Molecular Weight on the Supramolecular Interaction Between a Conjugated Polymer and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes" was accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry. Congratulations Patigul!