Harnessing transport through structured polymeric matrices: New materials for batteries, sensors and sustainable, energy-efficient, buildings
Sergio Granados-Focil, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Host: Ron Grimm, Ph.D.
Many applications demand materials with a complex combination of properties, such as the efficient selective transport of chemical species, light or heat, along with the ability to tune their mechanical properties. This talk will describe the rational design of well-defined polymeric structures and their use to generate mechanically robust ion conductive matrices with transport properties comparable to those of liquid electrolytes. The use of similar polymer design principles to produce nanoparticle synthesis templates for photovoltaic applications, to develop ultra-high sensitivity ion-selective electrodes and to synthesize heat-storing materials for temperature regulation in buildings will also be described.