Todd Emrick (University of Massachusetts)


Location: B01 McCourtney Hall

Abstract:  This presentation will describe the preparation of new polymer materials containing components from Nature that promote beneficial solubility, interfacial interactions, thin film formation, and device performance.  For example, several types of zwitterions, from phosphorylcholines to choline phosphates, allow synthetic polymers to be tailored for segregation to fluid-fluid interfaces and used as coatings for smart droplets and delivery devices.  In another example, the extreme hydrophilicity offered by zwitterionic groups leads to new approaches to macromolecular chemotherapeutic structures and the facile delivery of otherwise insoluble or unstable drugs.  Overall, the presentation will emphasize new syntheses, polymer-based methodologies, and the translation of synthetic methods to useful functional materials. 

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