- Synthesis, functionalization and application of Porous Polymers (COFs, PAFs, POPs)
Porous polymers especially have received an increasing level of research interest because of their potential to merge the properties of both porous materials and polymers. Unique characteristics such as composition of light elements, diversity of synthetic routes, stimuli-response are generally unavailable in other porous materials. We are trying to:
Synthesis and self-assembly of amphipathic polymer and polymer-grafted nanoparticles
Develop reliable methods for preparation of porous polymers, with designed pore architectures, customized framework and pore surface functionalities as well as multi-scale and diversity of morphology.
Explore their application as encapsulation agents for controlled release of drugs, as catalysts, as supports for catalysts and sensors, as precursors of nanostructured carbon materials, etc..
We are aiming to the above topics using experimental tools to:
Develop effective method to synshesize polymer-grafted nanoparticles with designed microscopic structure and customized surface functionalities.
Develop novel self-assembly system of polymer and polymer-grafted nanoparticles by fine-tuning thermodynamic and dynamic influencing factors.
Develop novel polymer/nanoparticles system to achieve tailor-made functions of polymers.